Art History

May 20, 2018

Degas’ Dancers: How Ballerinas Inspired the Iconic Impressionist Artist

No matter how many muses inspired them, certain Impressionist artists are associated with a single, signature subject. From Claude Monet‘s Water Lilies to the mother-daughter relationships captured by Mary Cassatt, each theme offers viewers a glimpse into the artist's interests, influences, and experiences. While most Impressionists opted to explore their favorite subjects only in oils, French artist Edgar Degas took it a step further, rendering his beloved ballerinas in paint, pastel, pencil, ink, and even wax.

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May 11, 2018

Why Post-Impressionist Painter Paul Cézanne Is Known as the “Father of Modern Art”

In the late 19th century, Post-Impressionism emerged in France. Unified by a subjective approach to painting, this major art movement was pioneered by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, a French painter whose work is characterized by painterly brushstrokes, an avant-garde approach to perspective, and a vivid color palette, In addition to his role as an important Post-Impressionist, Cézanne is celebrated as the forefather of Fauvism and a precursor to Cubism.

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April 29, 2018

Celebrate the Elegance and Exuberance of French Rococo Art

Renowned for the lighthearted nature of its fine and decorative art, the Rococo style flourished in 18th-century France. Artists working in this frivolous aesthetic built upon the flamboyance of the Baroque period, adapting its awe-inspiring aesthetic to produce equally extravagant yet distinctively playful works of art. The Rococo movement is predominantly associated with two types of art: painting and decorative pieces.

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April 19, 2018

David Hockney Exhibit at LACMA Presents 82 Intimate Portraits by the Artist

Following a popular tour across Europe and a successful stint in Australia, the celebrated exhibition, David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, has made its American debut at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Featuring a colorful collection of portraits painted less than five years ago, the show offers a comprehensive look at the Pop Art pioneer's recent work.

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