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Claude Monet’s painting “Impression, Sunrise” Gave the term Impressionism

NOVEMBER 14, ON THIS DAY My only merit lies in having painted directly in front of nature, seeking to render my impressions before the most fleeting moments. —— Claude Monet Claude Monet was a French impressionist painter who revolutionised modern painting by emphasising light brushstrokes, vivid colours, and uncomplicated nature. Monet is hailed as one...

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Balan Nambiar’s engagement with materiality

NOVEMBER 12, ON THIS DAY Balan Nambiar is a contemporary artist and scholar who works in a variety of media, including painting, enamelling, photography, research and sculpture. He is renowned for his large-scale sculptures, which are typically composed of materials like bronze, mild steel, stainless steel, and fiber-reinforced concrete. He also uses machine technology and...

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Inscape: The Landscape Of Roberto Matta’s Inner Mind

I am interested only in the unknown and I work for my own astonishment.—– Roberto Matta Roberto Matta was a well-known and significant Chilean painter who is best remembered for his mystical and fantastical works which are widely recognised as some of the most important representations of Surrealist art. Despite being an architect by profession,...

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Jacob Epstein’s work expresses the power and grandeur of human life

“Intellectually it [sculpture] requires a far greater effort of concentration to visualize a work in the round. I find it difficult to work on more than two busts in the same period. Also in carving there is absolute finality about every movement. It is impossible to rub out and begin again. This fight with the...

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Stanford White’s Designs Extend Beyond Architecture To Encompass Lavish Interiors

NOVEMBER 9, ON THIS DAY Stanford White was a master of architecture, interior design, and ornament, fearlessly juxtaposing materials and objects from myriad cultures and times. Drawing on precedents from antiquity and the Renaissance, from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as well as Colonial America, White created complex surfaces inside and out. White was an...

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The Life and Art of Precisionist Painter, Charles Demuth

NOVEMBER 8, ON THIS DAY Paintings must be understood through the eyes, and that’s not the word either. No writing, no talking, no singing, no dancing will explain them. They are the final, the nth whoopee of sight. Charles Demuth Charles Henry Buckius Demuth was an American painter who specialized in watercolors and turned to...

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Zurbaran, The Master Of Artistic Detail

NOVEMBER 7, ON THIS DAY Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán is well known for his still-life paintings and religious works featuring nuns, monks, and martyrs. Due to his skillful use of chiaroscuro, Zurbarán earned the nickname “Spanish Caravaggio.” He is occasionally compared to the somewhat older Italian painter Caravaggio because of his talent for rendering...

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Pietro Longhi’s Scenes from Everyday Life

NOVEMBER 5, ON THIS DAY Pietro Longhi was a famous Venetian painter known for his miniature genre pieces that exemplified the “private and the bourgeois” trend. Popular for their attractiveness and apparent innocence, yet with a hint of light humour, his paintings exhibit the interest in social observation that was distinctive of the Enlightenment. They...

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Into the abstract and expressive world of painter Lee Krasner

OCTOBER 27, ON THIS DAY One could go on forever as to whether the paint should be thick or thin, whether to paint the woman or the square, hard-edge or soft, but after a while such questions become a bore. They are merely problems in aesthetics, having only to do with the outer man. But...