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John Collier’s Exploration of Social Issues in his Art

Abhishek Kumar JANUARY 27, ON THIS DAY “It is a melancholy fact that more nonsense can be talked about art than about any other subject, and writers of treatises on painting, from the great Leonardo downwards, have not been slow to avail themselves of this privilege.” John Collier John Collier was a British artist and …

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Uncovering the Iconography of Pompeo Batoni’s Paintings

Abhishek Kumar JANUARY 25, ON THIS DAY Pompeo Batoni was an Italian painter of the late Baroque period, famous for his elegantly composed portraits of the European aristocracy. His work is characterized by a classical style, idealized figures, and a subtle use of iconography. Iconography is the interpretation of the meaning behind the symbols and …

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Exploring the Abstract Expressionist Work of Robert Motherwell

Abhishek Kumar JANUARY 24, ON THIS DAY What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between. Robert Motherwell Abstract Expressionism …

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Bringing realism and sensitivity to art in postcolonial India: Atul Dodiya

JANUARY 20, ON THIS DAY Known as “one of India’s most acclaimed postcolonial artists” and a “leader of the younger generation of artists”, Atul Dodiya is one of the most sought-after contemporary Indian artists today. Married to fellow painter Anju Dodiya, he and lives and works in Mumbai — the city he was born in, …

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The Legacy of Arthur Burdett Frost in the Art World

Abhishek Kumar JANUARY 17, ON THIS DAY Arthur Burdett Frost is one of the most influential and iconic American illustrators of the 19th century. His illustrations have become a cornerstone of American visual culture, appearing in magazines, books, and advertisements throughout his career. His work, which often featured animals, rural scenes, and children, was highly …

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The Influence of the Scavullo Look on Fashion Photography

Abhishek Kumar JANUARY 16, ON THIS DAY “Something in my head gets turned on by seeing a woman’s looks really come together with the right makeup, the right hair style, the right clothes. It’s exciting to see a woman metamorphosed into something extraordinary.” Francesco Scavullo Francesco Scavullo was an American photographer who had a long …

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