Rockwell Kent’s Drawings of Moby-DickArt makes stories come alive. And sometimes without art, there is no story-—or, at least, it’s not quite as good. This was the case for the great American novel Moby-Dick. It is hard to imagine that Melville’s opus was once relatively unknown, but it wasn’t until 70 years after it was published—and artist Rockwell Kent got his hands on it—that the book was rediscovered by the literary world.
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Edvard Munch — Seeing Only The EssentialEdvard Munch lived to be 80 (1863–1944), more than enough time to establish himself as a great and influential artist. He bridged the major movements of 19th-century Symbolism and 20th-century Expressionism.In an exhibition catalog for this great Norwegian artist, the author Karl Ove Knausgård wonders what would have happened had Munch “for one reason or another, stopped painting when he was 22.
Historical Art Theft Leaves Empty FramesA trip to Boston included a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to see paintings by Sargent, Whistler and Zorn. (Members of The Artist’s Road can see the complete article here: Plein Air Painting in the Boston Public Garden).The museum buildings consist of Mrs.
What Do You Know About Piet Mondrian?Art historian Hans Janssen hopes to reveal the true nature of a man “who embraced life and was completely fascinated by painting,” in his new biography, Piet Mondrian: A New Art for a Life Unknown (in Dutch: Piet Mondriaan. Een nieuwe kunst voor een ongekend leven), according to artnet News.
To celebrate the vibrancy of watercolor and its impact in the art world, we went to seven American and British museums and asked curators to select a single signiﬁcant watercolor from their collections.Although their choices represent only a small sample of the watercolor masterpieces in existence, these paintings encapsulate the evolution of the medium through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Look back and plan ahead with ultravioletPantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, ultraviolet, is a vivid, deeply saturated purple. According to Pantone, “PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”Flashback PurpleBut how can one go into the future without honoring the past?
Why Not Learn from Master John Singer Sargent?I try and shy away from describing art in bombastic terms. It can become a slippery slope of flowery language with no real takeaways. But when I’m studying the works of no less than John Singer Sargent, phrases like tour-de-force and mind-boggling just sort of slip out.
The small desert city of Marfa, Texas, has become an unlikely magnet for artists and art loversThe artist Donald Judd collected more than 13,000 books, many of which are now housed in a curated library in Marfa, Texas, the town Judd made his home from 1979 until his death in 1994.Curiously, Judd organized his books not alphabetically or by subject but in order of their authors’ birth.
A Lineup of the Suspects in the Mona Lisa Art HeistThe art whodunit that made the entire 20th century gasp! On August 21, 1911, the famed Mona Lisa was stolen off the walls of the Louvre. The scandal was called “the most colossal theft of modern times.”Newspapers worldwide covered the story. Sixty police agents were put on the case.
The Staatliches Bauhaus opened in 1919. It was shut under pressure from the Nazis in 1933. In the years between, its teachers synthesized a profoundly inﬂuential ethos of the well-designed, mass-produced object.Even as Bauhaus aesthetics have receded into the past, the Bauhaus outlook has renewed and expanded itself in the near-century since its birth.
Four celebrated painters used the principles of music to advance composition and colorAny fine artist who is also a musician will attest that the worlds of painting and music share a wealth of commonalities. Two dialects of one language, these separate art forms have long influenced and borrowed from each other, and their interchangeable terminologies — composition, color, chromatic scale, tonality and rhythm, to name a few — reveal just how familial their connection is.
Let’s Start With Where All the Gold Came FromOne of the most popular painters of all time, Gustav Klimt is well known for certain things (gold, gold and more gold) but many interesting and slightly scandalous notes in his bio are often left by the wayside. Here are seven surprises (if not downright skeletons) hiding in his closet … gold-leafed of course.
Sunset Orange | The Sublime Color That Can Both Energize and Ease Your MindIn the stress of our day-to-day lives, it’s all too rare to stop and appreciate the sunset. It’s a shame, too — because there’s nothing quite like taking a moment to feel the day’s worries fade with the warm light as your mind and body adjust to the rhythm of the evening.
Recognize the Famous Artworks Behind the Emojis?From Grant Wood’s greatest hit to Munch’s tense figures to Renaissance masterpieces, can you identify these famous artworks when they are creatively enhanced (read obscured) by a few strategically placed emojis? We give World Emoji Day an art history twist with this fun rundown.
He would deny it publicly, but Jackson Pollock owed much of his rhythmic, energetic style to Thomas Hart Benton.by Emily Esfahani SmithAt first glance, Thomas Hart Benton (1889– 1975) and Jackson Pollock (1912–56) make an odd pair. Benton, the sophisticated son of a U.S. congressman from Missouri, attended private schools and spent his young adulthood wearing black capes while studying art in Paris.
<<< PREVIOUS PAGEContinue to enjoy this collection of 125 artists and their historic studios sponsored by Historic Artistic’ Homes and Studios, a Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.Raoul Hague (1904-1993)Raoul Hague was a contemporary sculptor born in Constantinople who worked mainly in a studio in an artist colony in Woodstock, New York.
Slip into something more elegant.Often thought of as a solemn color—think graduation gowns, funeral attire, judges’ robes, you get the picture—black is deeply expressive. After all, it wouldn’t be the go-to color for life’s big occasions if it weren’t.Many art instructors advise their students to avoid using black altogether, as it can easily overpower a painting, but the color has been essential to art since humans first started making marks.
Why Master Artists Chose PastelI love art history. Love it with a passion. But I’m also woke to its shortcomings, most notably that the art history I was exposed to is but one art history among many. The art history of pastel certainly fits the bill as a history that has been sidelined over the centuries.
The greatest drawer in the world could have been a female apprentice to another artist in rococo France, or a Renaissance draftsman rendered invisible by the glare of an acknowledged master from a more powerful nearby city-state, or a self-effacing art instructor currently working in Minnesota.Choosing the top 10 drawers of all time is a parlor game of dubious value.
Witness Creativity! And Visit These Extraordinary Places for Yourself!An artist in the studio is a powerful thing. Feast your eyes on this incredible collection of artists in their studios sponsored by Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.Imagine visiting the most intimate interiors of 125 artists – from famed Georgia O’Keeffe in her New Mexico compound to Andrew Wyeth to Winslow Homer in his coastal Maine studio to artists you’ve yet to discover from all four corners of the world!
Johannes Vermeer — More Than a Girl with a Pearl EarringJohannes Vermeer is the beloved 17th-century Dutch painter who created masterpieces such as Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid. These works often steal the show.But the master artist’s body of work, while small, has an incredible number of paintings that show a different side of his artistry and deserve time in the spotlight.