Background Stories of Famous Paintings that Make them Special | Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait Without Beard”

Self-portrait without beard is an 1889 oil on canvas painting by the post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The picture, which may have been Van Gogh’s last self-portrait, was painted in September...

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Self-portrait without beard is an 1889 oil on canvas painting by the post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The picture, which may have been Van Gogh’s last self-portrait, was painted in September that year. The self-portrait is one of the most expensive paintings of all time, selling for $71.5 million in 1998 in New York City. At the time, it was the third (or an...

Background Stories of Famous Paintings that Make them Special | Guernica [Picasso]

Guernica  is a mural-sized oil painting on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso completed in June 1937, at his home on Rue des Grands Augustins, in Paris. The painting, now in...

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Guernica  is a mural-sized oil painting on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso completed in June 1937, at his home on Rue des Grands Augustins, in Paris. The painting, now in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, was done with a palette of gray, black, and white, and is regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war...

Modern Takes on Famous Historical Paintings

The paintings of Monet, DaVinci, Van Gogh and Picasso are so familiar, they can be recognized in seconds. But what would these works look like...

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The paintings of Monet, DaVinci, Van Gogh and Picasso are so familiar, they can be recognized in seconds. But what would these works look like if they were created today? A recent Web Urbanist article tried to answer that very question. These artists place these works in the modern context using photography, Photoshop, and other...

Interesting Facts About Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘The Blue Boy’

The Blue Boy (1779) is a full-length portrait in oil by Thomas Gainsborough, now in the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. It is thought to be a portrait of Jonathan Buttall...

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The Blue Boy (1779) is a full-length portrait in oil by Thomas Gainsborough, now in the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. It is thought to be a portrait of Jonathan Buttall (1752–1805), the son of a wealthy hardware merchant, although this has never been proven. Via [MentalFloss] Interesting Facts The Blue Boy was an homage to sir Anthony Van Dyck – In...

Interesting Facts About Edgar Degas’s L’Absinthe (Degas In a Café)

L’Absinthe (English: The Absinthe Drinker or Glass of Absinthe) is a painting by Edgar Degas. Its original title was Dans un Café. Other early titles were A sketch of a French Café and Figures at Café, but...

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L’Absinthe (English: The Absinthe Drinker or Glass of Absinthe) is a painting by Edgar Degas. Its original title was Dans un Café. Other early titles were A sketch of a French Café and Figures at Café, but when exhibited in London in 1893, the title was finally changed to L’Absinthe, the name by which the picture is known today. It is in the permanent collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris....

Here Are What Your Favorite Memes Look Like Now

Memes have a powerful presence in this day and age. Young people spend up to 9 hours a day on social platforms, where memes have now become a form of communication. Meme’s offer plenty of...

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Memes have a powerful presence in this day and age. Young people spend up to 9 hours a day on social platforms, where memes have now become a form of communication. Meme’s offer plenty of laughs if they are done the right way and a good one can quickly become a worldwide sensation. We have seen it time and time again with shots like the...

Drowning Girl – Roy Lichtenstein | [HR] Painting & Facts

Drowning Girl (also known as Secret Hearts or I Don’t Care! I’d Rather Sink) is a 1963 painting in oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein. Using the...

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Drowning Girl (also known as Secret Hearts or I Don’t Care! I’d Rather Sink) is a 1963 painting in oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein. Using the conventions of comic book art, a thought bubble conveys the thoughts of the figure, while Ben-Day dots echo the effect of the mechanized printing process. It is one of the most representative paintings of the pop art movement,...

Interesting Facts About Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Sunflowers is the name of two series of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on...

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Sunflowers is the name of two series of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles, shows a bouquet of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist’s mind both sets were linked by the name...

Interesting Facts About Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic

The Gross Clinic, or, The Clinic of Dr. Gross, is an 1875 painting by American artist Thomas Eakins. It is oil on canvas and measures 8 feet (240 cm) by 6.5 feet...

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The Gross Clinic, or, The Clinic of Dr. Gross, is an 1875 painting by American artist Thomas Eakins. It is oil on canvas and measures 8 feet (240 cm) by 6.5 feet (200 cm). Many art historians consider The Gross Clinic to be one of the best American paintings ever made. Dr. Samuel D. Gross, a seventy-year-old professor dressed in a black frock coat, lectures a group...

Interesting Facts About “The Duke and Duchess of Urbino”

The double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino, also known as the Diptych of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza is a diptych, oil on panel (47 ×...

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The double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino, also known as the Diptych of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza is a diptych, oil on panel (47 × 33 cm each panel), with portraits of the Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza. It is the work of Piero della Francesca dated to about 1465 to 1472 and in the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It...

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