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Self Portraits by Vincent Van Gogh
2008-02-15 20:35:00
Self Portraits by Vincent Van Gogh In the years between 1886 and 1889, Van Gogh?s time in Paris in Arles, more than two dozen separate self-portraits were painted. As some of his most famous images, these portraits have been debated for years, scholars unsure of his purpose in painting them. The composition itself is believed to ...
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Vincent Van Gogh - Art for Sale on the Auction Block and in the Gift Shop
2008-02-14 20:22:00
Vincent Van Go?s Art for Sale ? on the Auction Block and in the Gift Shop Vicent VanGogh was only able to sell a single painting during his lifetime. However, after death, the impressionistic painting of Vincent Van Gogh became some of the most celebrated and expensive paintings ever sold. Having started his painting career at ...
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Vincent Van Gogh - Cafe Terrace at Night
2008-02-13 20:22:00
Vincent Van Gogh - Café Terrace at Night Vincent Van Gogh painted yet one more variant of his night sky work in Café Terrace at Night, completed while in Arles in 1888. Painted using oils on a canvas of 81 x 65.5 cm, Café Terrace at Night is one of Van Gogh?s best known paintings. ...
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Vincent Van Gogh Masterpieces ? Lesser Known Works
2008-02-12 20:22:00
Vincent Van Gogh Masterpieces ? Lesser Known Works Vincent Van Gogh, in the course of only 10 short years, produced a vast and incredible body of work. Succeeding Rembrandt as the most recognizable Dutch artist, Van Gogh?s work, along with Cezanne and Gauguin, is universally recognized for extending the Impressionist work of the era and crafting ...
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A Biographical Timeline of Vincent Van Gogh
2008-02-11 20:22:00
Vincent Van gogh was born in 1853 in Groot-Zundert to Anna Cornelia Carbentus and Theodorus van Gogh, a local minister. Born in the Netherlands, The nationality of the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and his native language were Dutch, but he would later go on to learn English, French and German and spend much of ...
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The History of Vincent Van Goghs Images
2008-02-10 20:22:00
The History of Vincent Van Gogh?s Images Vincent Van Gogh did not begin painting until 1880 when he was already 27 years old. He began at the most basic levels, working from beginners? handbooks such as ?Cours de dessin?. After two years he started looking for commissions to keep his art career afloat. He found them ...
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Vincent Van Gogh - The Pollarded Willow and Other Landscapes
2008-02-09 20:22:00
The Pollarded Willow and Setting Sun and Other Landscapes of Vincent Van Gogh During Vincent Van Gogh?s lifespan, numerous paintings depicting the scene just outside of a window to his studio were created. An early example and a painting made most famous by its theft in 1999 is ?The Pollard Willow? originally finished in 1885 before ...
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Vincent Van Gogh - Paintings of Sunflowers
2008-02-08 20:22:00
Vincent Van Gogh ?s Paintings of Sunflowers Of Vincent Van Gogh?s many series of paintings and periods in his career, his most famous is arguable that of the Sunflowers. Paintings of sunflowers have become synonymous with Van Gogh and his work in the latter part of his life. Many artists have tried to duplicate his technique over ...
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Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Night
2008-02-07 20:22:00
Vincent Van Gogh ?s Starry Night is one of the most discussed and influential pieces of artwork ever created. During his life time, Van Gogh painted for only a short time but was very prolific in those few years. As far as oil paintings are concerned, Starry Night has become as important in popular culture as ...
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The Biography of Vincent Van Gogh
2008-02-06 20:22:00
The life of Vincent Van Gogh is a short one, composing only 37 years between March 30, 1853 and July 29, 1890. However, any biography on Vincent Van Gogh is full of intriguing stories. This short biography of Vincent van Gogh only covers the most important details of his life though. Born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent ...
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Vincent Van Gogh and the Use of Expressive Lines
2008-02-05 20:22:00
Vincent Van Gogh and the Use of Expressive Lines Vincent Van Gogh utilized numerous methods to create the landscapes and portraits that define his short artistic career. Rather than painting a landscape or portrait to portray exactly what was present, Van Gogh was interested in painting what he felt as well as what he saw. The ...
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Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe
2008-02-04 20:15:00
It was her fame, eroticism, and mysterious death that fascinated Warhol and inspired a ?painted print? series honoring Marilyn Monroe . It was just after her mysterious suicide in 1962 that Warhol started the series. It ironically linked his previous work, which focused on images of death to his next phase: celebrity portraits. Warhol?s portraits constitute ...
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Andy Warhol - Facts
2008-02-03 20:15:00
?In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.? Andy Warhol , while famous for works like his iconic Campbell?s Soup Can print, will perhaps be remembered best for his now prescient quote regarding fame in modern society. Warhol started his career as a commercial illustrator, and made a simple transition from producing work for ...
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Andy Warhol - Can of Soup
2008-02-02 20:15:00
In Andy Warhol ?s time, no serious painter would have thought to paint such an ordinary object as a can of soup. But Warhol did. And his fame came from his ability to turn everyday objects into intriguing works of art. There are contradicting stories published as to who gave Warhol the idea to paint soup cans. ...
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Andy Warhol - Famous Work
2008-02-01 20:15:00
Andy Warhol said it himself: ?Art is anything you can get away with.? And he got away with making the most ordinary objects we see in everyday life beautiful and intriguing. He made groceries, common objects, and familiar faces into some of the most recognizable and iconic art works. His Campbell?s Can of Soup series is ...
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Andy Warhol - Biography
2008-01-31 20:15:00
The young Andrew Warhol a of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, never would have guessed he would become the world famous Pop Artist of the 60s and 70s Andy Warhol. After a childhood of honing his artistic talent, he studied fine arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. Even in college he did things his own way. For ...
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Pablo Picasso Cubism
2008-01-30 20:10:00
Although well known for many of his works, art critics generally consider Picasso ?s most important contribution to the history of art to be his development of what is known as Cubism with French painter Georges Braque. Over a period of roughly ten years, from 1909 to 1919, Picasso and Braque, incorporating elements from Picasso?s previous African-inspired ...
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Pablo Picasso Rose Period
2008-01-29 20:10:00
Pablo Ruiz Picasso , more famously known simply as Picasso, is famous for being one of the founders of cubism, and inspiring a return to classicism later in his life. However, a large body of his work has been overshadowed by iconic works such as Guernica and his association with cubism. Picasso?s Blue Period , while less famous ...
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Pablo Picasso Blue Period
2008-01-28 20:10:00
Picasso?s Blue Period Marking the beginning of his career, Picasso?s Blue Period is among the most prolific beginnings to any artist?s career in the history of modern art. Well before he started producing what he would become internationally known for, well after his death in the form of Cubism, Picasso painted basically monochromatic, blue and green ...
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28.Jan.2008 : Afghan caves hold world?s first oil paintings
2008-01-28 06:07:00
Forget Renaissance Europe. The world’s first oil paintings go back nearly 14 centuries to murals in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan caves, a Japanese researcher says. Buddhist images painted in the central Afghan region, dated to around 650 AD, are the earliest examples of oil used in art history, says Yoko Taniguchi, an expert at Japan’s National Research Institute ...
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Facts About Pablo Picassos Life
2008-01-27 20:10:00
After his birth on October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso went on to become one of the premiere artists of the 20th century and of all time with his reimagining of the artistic form and constant questioning of how an artist interacts with their subject. While Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, he spent the better part ...
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Pablo Picasso Famous Works
2008-01-26 01:10:00
Born in Spain in 1881, Picasso first learned to paint under the tutelage of his father, Jose Ruiz y Blasco, a professor of art known for his realistic depictions of birds. By 1894, when he was only thirteen, critics consider that Picasso’s adult career as a painter had begun. In 1896, at fourteen, Picasso painted two of his most well known works, The First Communion, depicting his sister, Lola, and Portrait of Aunt Pepa, which has been described as “one of the greatest in the whole history of Spanish painting.” Both paintings are on display at the Museum Picasso in Barcelona, along with an extensive collection of Picasso’s early work. In 1901, Picasso had moved to Paris and embarked on his Blue Period, portraying somber subjects in strong shades of blue and green, depicting an overall negativity that is attributed to several factors, including a trip back to Spain and the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas. Picasso painted several posthumous portraits of Casagemas, c...
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Pablo Picasso Biography
2008-01-25 20:10:00
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881, the first child of Maria Picasso y Lopez and Jose Ruiz y Blasco. He was born into a family that appreciated art from the beginning, with his father also a painter and professor of art. He spent a great deal of time in his ...
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Michelangelo Facts and Information
2008-01-25 01:05:00
Michelangelo Facts and Information Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, more commonly known simply as Michelangelo, is considered one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Two of his most iconic works, his statue of David, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, are among the most recognizable works of art in the world. Michelangelo was born ...
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Michelangelo Sistine Chapel
2008-01-24 20:05:00
“The frescoes that we are contemplating here introduce us into the world of the contents of the Revelation. The truths of our faith speak to us here from all sides. From them human genius took its inspiration undertaking to clothe them in forms of incomparable beauty” ? Pope John Paul II, 1984 When Michelangelo came to ...
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Michelangelo Paintings
2008-01-24 01:05:00
Although some may know him best for his work as a sculptor, as creator of magnificent works such as David, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was as talented a painter as he was a sculptor and should be recognized as much for the things he has painted as he is for the things he has ...
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Michelangelo Biography
2008-01-23 20:05:00
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian Renaissance man best known for his art and sculpture. How he is best known often depends on whom you ask and their particular interests in the arts. Those enthralled by sculpture would immediately conjure images of his David, whereas those enticed by his painting would think of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or his Last Judgment. Michelangelo was born in Caprese in 1475, the second son to a magistrate. As a young man he served as an apprentice in both painting and sculpture until he gained the attention of Lorenzo de Medici, whose school he thereafter attended and for whom he completed commissioned works of art such as Madonna of the Steps and Battle of the Centaurs. After a series of travels during which he was commissioned to sculpt Bacchus and Pieta, Michelangelo returned to Florence as the 15th century ended, his reputation having grown, and was commissioned to make what is now his most famous sculpture, David. Hav...
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Rembrandt van Rijn - Night Watch
2008-01-22 22:01:00
Title: Night Watch (Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch) Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 363 x 437 cm Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn was 36 years old in 1642 when he painted Night Watch, more properly known as Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch. The huge oil painting, currently 363 x 437 cm, but originally far larger, was commissioned by the militia members depicted in it. Only those who contributed to the fee were included in the portrait itself, with the exception of the drummer-boy who was not required to pay. The names of the men who contributed are written on a shield near the top of the painting. A few additional characters were added by Rembrandt for effect. Militia paintings were popular at the time, but typically were fixed compositions: company men might be lined in a row with their weapons, or depicted seated at a banquet table. In a departure from tradition, ...
Rembrandt van Rijn - The Return of the Prodigal Son
2008-01-22 19:59:00
Title: The Return of the Prodigal Son Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 262 x 206 cm Location: The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia The Return of the Prodigal Son is arguably Rembrandt Harmensz.van Rijn’s finest work; certainly it is the most famous from his late career. The painting depicts the Biblical story of the prodigal son from the book of Luke, Chapter 15. In the parable, the younger son of a wealthy father begs to be given his inheritance early. When his father gives it to him the young man leaves the family home and goes to a foreign country where he lives a life of dissipation, squanders his wealth, ruins his health, and finally is reduced to working as a swineherd. Eventually, the son sees the error in his ways and returns to his father, uncertain of his welcome, but humbling himself at the old man’s feet, and begging to be taken back into the family. Significantly, the father forgives his son without hesitation and orders a fa...
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Rembrandt van Rijn - Famous Paintings
2008-01-22 01:04:00
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a painter of great skill and created quite the collection to look back upon, but most people do not think of an artist for their work as a whole, but rather for those remarkable pieces of work that leave an imprint. Among some of Rembrandt’s more famed pieces of work are his Night Watch, Belshazzar’s Feast, Bathsheba at her Bath, Self Portrait (1658) and The Jewish Bride. It is impossible to talk about Rembrandt’s art without bringing up his most famous painting: The Night Watch. It is ironic that his most famous painting is also misnamed, its original title being The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq. However, it was unpopular during its time and after being rediscovered a century later was named as we know it due to the dimmed color of the picture, caused by weathering and poor condition. After its restoral it became evident that the image portrayed in The Night Watch was actually taking place in daylight. Rembrandt made his...
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