Elena Rato: Beyond the Canvas
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by Dora Aguero
1d ago
The art world is a realm of boundless exploration, and Spanish artist Elena Rato (born in Noreña, 1979) stands at its forefront, wielding her brush to unveil enigmatic worlds of abstraction. Through her captivating creations, Rato invites viewers to embark on a profound journey, inviting viewers to ook beyond the canvas to admire her artistic process. Rato’s work can be described as a fascination with form and expression, where through traditional and digital processes are the means by which her artistic production is carried out.   A Palette of Emotions: Exploring Color and Composition C ..read more
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Sign of the Times #3: Jacques-Louis David’s Propaganda for the French Revolution
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by Maria Escobar
1d ago
Who was Jacques-Louis David? In the annals of art history, few names resonate with as much significance as Jacques-Louis David, a titan of the neoclassical movement and a pivotal figure in the tumultuous landscape of the French Revolution. Born in Paris in 1748, David’s artistic talents blossomed under the tutelage of the renowned painter Joseph-Marie Vien, laying the foundation for a career marked by both artistic brilliance and political fervor. David’s early works, such as “The Oath of the Horatii,” showcased his mastery of the neoclassical style, characterized by its reverence for ancient ..read more
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Exploring Artistic Mediums: Part 1 – Wet Mediums
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by Dora Aguero
4d ago
Artists have long been drawn to a diverse range of mediums to express their creativity, each with its own unique history and characteristics. In this two-part series, we’ll delve into the world of wet mediums, including oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, and gouache, exploring their origins, properties, and notable artists associated with each. Oil Paint Oil painting as a medium has been used for centuries, but it became particularly popular during the Northern Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Artists like Jan van Eyck and Titian pioneered the use of oil-based pigments, allowing ..read more
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Celebrating 150 Years of Impressionism
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by Dora Aguero
1w ago
This year marks the exciting 150th anniversary of the Impressionist Art movement, one of the most beloved artistic movements in recent history! Institutions worldwide are joining in the celebration. At the forefront of this celebration is the Musee D’Orsay, which is lending a selection of works to local institutions in France to showcase iconic pieces by Impressionist painters. Not only that, but they’re also hosting an exhibition aimed at giving viewers the most accurate context to understand how Impressionism came to be, while clearing up many long-standing misunderstandings about the moveme ..read more
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Chilean Master: Claudio Bravo
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by Dora Aguero
1w ago
Claudio Bravo, the celebrated Chilean artist, left an indelible mark on the art world with his masterful hyperrealist paintings and impeccable technique. Born in Valparaíso, Chile, in 1936, Bravo’s journey to becoming an artist encountered initial difficulties, but ultimately soared to unimaginable success. Claudio Bravo’s Childhood and Early Influences Claudio Bravo was the eldest son of Tomas Bravo and Laura Camus, among nine siblings. He was born into a well-to-do family, with his father owning extensive land and cattle. Bravo’s love for art blossomed at an early age. Growing up in Valpara ..read more
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The Met Gala 2024: Fashion’s Magical Night
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by Maria Escobar
1w ago
The History of The Met Gala Since its inception in 1948, the Met Gala has transcended its humble beginnings as a fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to become a globally recognized cultural extravaganza. What started as a modest gathering to support the arts has evolved into an annual spectacle that fuses fashion, art, and celebrity like no other event on the planet. Initially conceived by publicist Eleanor Lambert as a means to raise funds for the Costume Institute and mark the opening of its yearly exhibition, the Met Gala has undergone a ..read more
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Remembering Frank Stella (1936-2024)
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by Dora Aguero
2w ago
Frank Stella, a trailblazing figure in the art world, left an indelible mark on contemporary art through his innovative contributions to minimalist and colorful abstraction. From his early years as a student to his later years as an acclaimed artist, Stella’s journey shaped the course of art history, leaving behind a rich legacy that continues to inspire artists and art enthusiasts worldwide. Frank Stella’s Early Years and Artistic Development Frank Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1936, and his passion for art emerged early in life. After receiving formal art education at Phillips ..read more
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Sign of The Times #2: Marcel Duchamp’s War on the Art World
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by Maria Escobar
2w ago
Duchamp: The Man Behind the Mind Born in Blainville-Crevon, France, Marcel Duchamp initially trained as a painter, exploring various styles before gravitating towards the Cubist movement. His iconic piece, “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” (1912), premiered in a Parisian exhibition, where it faced rejection from fellow Cubist artists unaccustomed to its dynamic interpretation of movement. Subsequently, it gained attention at the Armory Show in New York City, intended to introduce contemporary art to the American public. However, its display prompted confusion and ridicule among viewers. Duc ..read more
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Sign of The Times #1: Edouard Manet Scandalizes Polite French Society
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by Maria Escobar
2w ago
Diving into the turbulent waters of artistic controversy: Unraveling the why behind provocative artists and their influential works. Who is Édouard Manet?  Self-Portrait with Palette A French modernist painter born in 1832, Manet’s artistic approach was ahead of his time. He challenged the traditional conventions of painting, particularly in his portrayal of contemporary life and the human figure. Manet’s refusal to adhere to the idealized representations of the female form prevalent in the academic art of his time caused significant controversy. By depicting his subjects with realism an ..read more
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Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of “Fräulein Lieser”
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by Dora Aguero
3w ago
Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Fräulein Lieser, a painting considered lost for a century, recently made a remarkable reappearance, and was auctioned for $32 million at Vienna’s im Kinsky auction house. The sale of this long-lost masterpiece, though met with great anticipation, also brought to light new questions about its provenance and potential legal heirs, adding an intriguing dimension to the event. The Reappearance of “Fräulein Lieser” The painting, believed to have been created in 1917 during Klimt’s final creative period, had been shrouded in mystery until its rediscovery by the Viennese au ..read more
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