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The day a tiny French museum found that half of its paintings are fakes

April 30, On This Day ‘That wasn’t painted by Étienne Terrus!’ It all began innocently enough, when art historian Eric Forcada was hired by the Étienne Terrus Museum, located in the artist’s tiny hometown of sunny Elne in Southern France, to rehang its dedicated collection after the building’s recent restoration. But within minutes of looking...

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Meet one of the harbingers of Modern Art

April 30, On This Day Manet, an Impressionist herald A pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism, French modernist painter Édouard Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life. Born in January 1832, he died on April 30 1883. His early masterworks are today considered watershed paintings that mark...

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Can art therapy help address the mental health pandemic?

Amid the ever-rising wave of Covid-19 cases around, anecdotal evidence has pointed to the deep impact of the pandemic not just on physical health but also the mental health of thousands, manifesting through depression, anxiety, stress-induced trauma and more. In a study published in PLOS ONE from earlier this year, researchers concluded that a whopping...

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The troubled, tumultous creative genius of Francis Bacon

April 28, On This Day Of screaming portraits Known for his raw, unsettling imagery, Irish-born British figurative painter Francis Bacon was born in October 1909 and passed away on April 28, 1992. He built up a reputation as one of the giants of contemporary art with his unique style, and his artworks focused on subjects...

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Social commentary and a therapeutic twist: Our 4 new artists of the week

Mohammad Naim: Social themes in minute detail Tiny human figurines populate the intricately simple paintings of artist Mohammad Naim, often swarming the canvas just like ants and replicating something of the societal order of those tiny beings. Society and social mores find a voice indirectly or directly in these artworks, and they interestingly often come...

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