The artist lifts his brush. Before him is an empty canvas, significantly larger than the artist himself. The only other thing in the room is the large can of blue paint. The artist begins. A patch of blue pigment is laid on the canvas. The artist continues. There is another patch of blue pigment, only […]Read more "Dansaekhwa : Meditative Repetitions to Touch with your Eyes"
Female nudes: It’s one of the most common themes in painting, as well one of the most controversial. Art history books are brimming with them. Ever since artists rediscovered how to properly paint the human figure, there have been no shortage of nudes. They range from gods to prostitutes, familiar to exotic, divine to obscene. […]Read more "Guilty Pleasures : The Nudes of the Fin-de-Siècle"
Realism in 19th Century France During the 19th century, the prevailing theme in art was history or mythology. The French Academy of Arts originally was a staunch proponent of neoclassicism, and in the 19th century Romantic styles of painting gained ground in the academy. However, the themes and subject matter were still restricted mostly to […]Read more "Six Realisms of the Art World"
The advent of public art galleries and museums allowed us to freely view and appreciate art. The next great invention allowed us to browse the world’s art in the comfort of our homes. However, it also brought down the experience into an activity to the level of browsing an IKEA catalogue, without ever going to […]Read more "The Absence of Presence : Viewing Art through the Internet"
Ana Mendieta(1948-1985) was a Cuban-American artist known for her performance and land art. She uses various media notably including blood, earth and the human body. The main theme of her works include feminism, life, death, violence and identity. She is arguably one of the icons of feminism in twentieth century art, and has had influence […]Read more "Ana Mendieta"
Maurice Cornelis Escher(1898 – 1972) was an artist born in Netherlands, mosty famously known for his geomatrical illustrations of impossible objects, often utilizing techiniques such as tesselations and distorted geometry. It is sometimes said that his interest in such geometrical patterns, shapes and impossible objects began from being inspired by Alhambra and the Mosque-Cathedral of […]Read more "[Gallery] Maurice Cornelis Escher"
Giuseppe Arcimibolco, Vertumnus, c. 1590-1 The italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo is an odd figure. While famous enough to have been seen by many, he’s rather off-canon to be common in art history textbooks. The surreal paintings of Salvador Dali and René Magritte are well within the flow of the time, but as for Arcimboldo, his portraitesque […]Read more "Giuseppe Arcimboldo"