Van Gogh – Still Life Paintings Of Flowers

The still life is a staple for all styles of painting, a simple format practiced by those just beginning as well as the artistic masters. However, few have captured a still life of flowers as well as Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh made flower still-lifes a specialty, particularly toward the end of his life when… Continue Reading

JMW Turner – Famous Paintings & Techniques

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), “the painter of light”, was born in 1775 in Convent Garden, England. His interest in art became apparent to his mother’s brother when he resided with him in 1785, during her mental decline. He entered the Royal Academy of Art at the relatively young age of 14. His work is… Continue Reading

Style And Vision Of Claude Monet Impressionist Paintings

“One day Boudin said to me, ‘Learn to draw well and appreciate the sea, the light, the blue sky.’ I took his advice.”  –Claude Monet In April of 1874, at 35 Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, a group of disaffected young artists presented an exhibition which would change the face of art. Calling themselves “The… Continue Reading

Famous Caravaggio Paintings in Rome Churches

Considered by many to be the forefather of the Baroque period in Italian art, Milan-born Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio was a prolific painter whose legacy can be enjoyed in several churches located in the city of Rome. Known for street brawling, chiaroscuro, and a penchant for flouting prevailing artistic conventions, Caravaggio quickly became known as the… Continue Reading

Rococo Art Definition And Its Characteristics

Think of a curvy, asymmetrical painting marked by pastel colors and, chances are, it can be attributed to a rococo artist. Although it was incredibly influential during the early 1700s, Rococo has since been largely forgotten by the public, with the concept mainly adopted by interior designers with a penchant for pastel colors or architects… Continue Reading

Vincent Van Gogh Painting Style And Techniques

Arguably the most influential painter of the 1800s, Vincent Van Gogh set himself apart as a Post-Impressionist artist capable of capturing great beauty and depth of emotion in his many pieces. In looking at a cross section of his work, it is easy to spot a clear evolution from the very anatomically accurate paintings of… Continue Reading

Frida Kahlo – Famous Paintings And Meanings

Frida Kahlo is best known for the pain that permeated her life and her art. Born in Mexico in 1907, she endured personal tragedies, a stormy marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera, and physical disability throughout her relatively short life. She frequently painted herself and her own agony because as she said, “I paint myself… Continue Reading

Wassily Kandinsky – Abstract Artist and Transcendent Prophet

Wassily Kandinsky, the first modern abstract artist, believed himself to be a prophet. He felt that his spiritual mission was to lead others to a more transcendent and spiritually rich life through his art, toward the ultimate goal of a better society. Deeply influenced by Helena P. Blavatsky and theosophy in his later years, Kandinsky… Continue Reading

Mary Cassatt Famous Paintings That Inspired Many Women Artists

Those who are delve into the art world are usually familiar with the fact that in relation to the Impressionist artists, Mary Cassatt was the only American who received an invitation to join. Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas was impressed with Cassatt’s work after seeing it in the official Salon, and it was he who extended the invitation…. Continue Reading