Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou

June 21, 2017

Art History: Salvador Dalí’s Strange and Surreal ‘Persistence of Memory’

With its strange subject matter and dream-like atmosphere, Salvador Dalí's painting, The Persistence of Memory, has become a well-known symbol of Surrealism. Painted during the Dada-inspired movement, the melting-clocks-masterpiece embodies the sensibilities that define the experimental and eccentric genre. To contextualize the iconic piece's place in art history, one must understand its unique influences, examine its symbolic content, and appreciate the artist's avant-garde approach to its creation.

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June 19, 2017

Art History: The Stories and Symbolism Behind 5 of Frida Kahlo’s Most Well-Known Paintings

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is renowned for her symbolic subject matter, colorful canvases, and extensive series of self-portraits. Inspired by “whatever passes through [her] head without any other consideration,” her paintings are deeply personal. Given the intimate and emblematic nature of her pieces, their messages and motifs may seem too obscure to interpret. When viewed through a contextual lens, however, the meanings behind her poignant paintings begin to materialize.

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June 17, 2017

Stunning Bird’s-Eye View of Places Around the World Taken with Drones

Lyon-based photography platform Dronestagram compiles and presents mesmerizing aerial photographs taken around the world. Captured by drones, the stunning shots enable viewers to see both familiar and faraway sites from new, sky-high perspectives. Ranging from beautiful landscapes and city skylines to well-known monuments and popular tourist destinations, the collection of aerial photos is as diverse as the locations they represent.

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June 15, 2017

More Classical Paintings Seamlessly Invade Our Modern-Day World

Art history enthusiast and talented designer Alexey Kondakov creates composites that blend classical paintings with contemporary settings. As a part of his ongoing practice, he continues to cleverly place painted figures in photographs taken around modern-day Europe. Like his past work, his more recent studies juxtapose centuries-old Italian art with unexpected urban backdrops. Though one may expect that the beautifully blended oil paint of each figure would sharply contrast the gritty realism of the photographs, Kondakov expertly combines them into seamless scenes.

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