May 11, 2020

5 Matisse Paintings That Revolutionized Modern Art

At the beginning of the 20th century, a small group of artists forged a path that would forever change how the world viewed art. By breaking boundaries and moving beyond the confines of tradition, they blazed a trail for modern art. As part of this group, Henri Matisse is a pioneer and founded one of the first modern art movements—Fauvism.

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January 21, 2020

Van Gogh Self-Portrait Thought to Be a Fake for Decades Is Now Confirmed as Real

Vincent van Gogh is known for both his extreme talent and tumultuous history. Plagued by mental illness, he had periods of great suffering, which eventually led him to sever part of his left ear. Aside from famous works like Starry Night and his Sunflowers series, he is also known for the 35 self-portraits he created. Now, experts have confirmed an additional self-portrait and, interestingly, it's the only one he ever painted during a bout of psychosis. Self-Portrait (1889)

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July 21, 2019

The Story Behind Seurat’s Pointillist Masterpiece, ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’

Over the course of art history, certain pieces have come to symbolize entire artistic genres. Leonardo's Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's David, for example, define the Italian Renaissance; The Scream by Edvard Munch epitomizes Expressionism; and Pointillism is typified by Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon the the Island of La Grande Jatte. Seurat completed this monumental masterpiece in the 1880s. In order to craft the larger-than-life scene, the artist meticulously applied millions of hand-painted dots to the canvas.

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