Art History

July 17, 2019

Learn Thousands of Years of Art History As You Drink From This Quirky Coffee Cup

Wish there was a fun way to mix some art into your morning routine? Look no further than The Unemployed Philosophers Guild‘s Brief History of Art Mug—a unique cup that brews up “a crash course in the world’s greatest art” every time you enjoy a beverage. Capable of holding 14 ounces of liquid, this mug is relatively standard in size. However, much like a good cup of coffee, it packs a punch.

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July 7, 2019

How This One Painting Sparked the Impressionist Movement

Today, Impressionism remains one of the most popular and prevalent types of painting. Considered the catalyst of modern art, the Impressionist genre has played a pivotal role in art history, with its influence evident in a range of artistic practices. Having left such an important legacy, you may be wondering what could have set such a monumental movement in motion.

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July 1, 2019

Exploring 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 26, 2019

5 Real-Life Locations That Inspired Vincent van Gogh’s Paintings

From Monet’s Water Lilies to Paul Cezanne‘s French landscapes, artists have always been inspired by their surroundings. Vincent Van Gogh was no exception. He lived in over 15 different cities across Europe during his short, 37-year life, searching for both artistic inspiration, but also for a place to calm his busy mind.

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