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According to Matisse’s artistic enemies, he was a “raging animal” mocking their comfortable realism with bright colors and unconventional forms. Henri Matisse paintings always carried a personality of an unconventional artist In later years, visitors to his home and studio were surprised to find a mild-mannered gentleman in spectacles and a well-tailored suit. The maniac he was labeled as had never existed, but perhaps it was his creative intensity that was mistakenly perceived as insanity. The challenge, then, was to utilize this passion as a means to achieve the serenity he really wanted out of life. [caption id="attachment_7349" width="596"] Green Stripe by Henri Matisse[/caption] It’s been said that from the moment he held a box of colors in his hand, Matisse knew he was destined to be an artist. After his first attempt at copying a lithograph, he wasted no time in enrolling at a local art academy. However, his insatiable creative appetite would not allow him to stop there – after a long and arduous battle with his father, Henri Matisse arrived in Paris in October, 1891. Taming the Beast After years of struggling to find his authentic voice as a painter, Matisse finally experienced a breakthrough with his 1905 portrait of Amelie. [caption id="attachment_7350" width="293"] Henri Matisse Painting[/caption] Depicted in a soft pink dress rendered with blocks of lavender and sienna, the subject’s face and clothing also contained strokes of green in contrast to these warm tones. Rather than an accurate representation of Amelie’s face, or a metaphorical statement suggesting some kind of jealousy in her expression, the artist’s use of an inaccurate color was an attempt at utilizing the complementary relationship of red and green. As opposites on the color wheel, the two pigments produce a jarring contrast when placed next to each other in a composition. [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]There are always flowers for those who want to see them.[/quote_colored] Matisse was fascinated by this interaction of color  and saw the opportunity to achieve a new kind of harmony in his work. Unfortunately, his audience failed to see the genius in this unconventional innovation. At the Salon d’Automne that year, the portrait was placed next to an academic sculpture that had been dubbed “a Donatello among the wild beasts”, scornfully dismissing the early Impressionist’s freedom of color and its application on the canvas.

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Like wildfire, the comment spread, and reviews soon depicted Matisse as a talentless brute attempting to negate the understood artistic conventions of his time. He began to despair, sure that he had made a mistake in his attempt to capture harmony through contrasting colors. But through the saving grace of daring collectors and the support of other avant-garde artists, Matisse was able to push through these feelings of doubt and continue growing as a painter. [caption id="attachment_7351" width="900"] The Dance by Henri Matisse[/caption] In one of his most famous works, titled “The Dance”, Henri drew on the memory of Catalan fisherman he had once seen dancing on the Mediterranean coast. The bright red figures holding hands, twirling and swaying against a sharp blue-green horizon in the background. The simplicity of its composition and the five sinewy bodies in motion captures a primal energy, the colors pulsing against one another.
[quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.[/quote_colored]
Critics called his painting bestial and primitive, and its commissioner nearly backed out of the deal. Some hundred years later, “The Dance” is one of Matisse’s most recognizable works. He is now regarded as one of art history’s most influential pioneers of Modernism and a pivotal member of the Impressionist movement in painting. His dedication to the free use of color and the refusal to adhere to his time period’s artistic conventions immortalize Henri Matisse not as an untamed beast, but the unsung hero of any creative soul who’s been told their work is too different to be good. Sacred Profanity and the Eternal Flame Henri Matisse is one of many solar flares in the narrative of art history who was underappreciated for his entire life. Who knows how many creative careers have been cut short, due to the difference of opinion that places value on the work of some artists and condemns the attempts of others. In such cases, it is only the passion of the artist that makes his or her creative process worth such trouble. Toward the end of his life, Matisse longed to create something monumental that would serve as his legacy. He was profoundly disappointed when nobody asked him to design a state building or museum, as was his dream. When the opportunity arose to create the Rosaria Chapel, Matisse wasted no time in accepting the commission. This was to the surprise of his friends, who knew him as a steadfast atheist. A baffled Pablo Picasso inquired, “Why not paint a brothel, Matisse?” To which the artist replied, “No one asked me to.” Read about the origins of Fauvism and Expressionism

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Leo Tolstoy could be called a father of abstract expressionism and the expressionist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. His “Expression Theory” centered on the idea that art elicits and provokes emotion in the viewer. Tolstoy believed that the role of the artist was to provide the viewer with something that would bring out these effects. Abstract Expressionism achieves this by letting the medium and composition communicate for itself. Artists like Pollock believed that it was the viewer (and not the artist) who defines and interpret the meaning of the abstract expressionist artwork thus, there is no relevance on what artist thinks or conveys while producing the work. So, what is abstract expressionism? What Is Abstract Expressionism? Abstract Expressionism is an artistic movement of the mid-20th century comprising diverse styles and techniques and emphasizing especially an artist's liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through nontraditional and usually nonrepresentational means. As per MOMA  - Abstract Expressionism is a term applied to a movement in American painting that flourished in New York City after World War II, sometimes referred to as the New York School or, more narrowly, as action painting. [caption id="attachment_4467" width="620"] Number 1 (Lavender Mist) exemplifies gestural abstraction of artist's inner mind[/caption] The “New York School”, a group of artists including Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning, found the movement with a basis on the value of spontaneous movement and expression. Every one of them was talented and expert in traditional and classical styles of execution. Convergence is one of the initial art pieces of abstract expressionism and considered as the bravest action paintings made by Pollock. Famous paintings of Jackson Pollock [caption id="attachment_4472" width="620"] Abstract Expressionism[/caption] [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"] Abstract expressionist value expression over perfection, vitality over finish, fluctuation over repose, the unknown over the known, the veiled over the clear, the individual over society and the inner over the outer — William C. Seitz, American artist and Art historian[/quote_colored] The major participants in this movement are roughly divided into two groups: Gestural Abstraction and Colour Field. a) Gestural Abstraction Gestural abstraction is clearly evident in Pollock’s and de Kooning’s works which feature vigorous and spontaneous movement through seemingly chaotic marks. The works were created with intention, but the effect is that of random impulse. Pollock let his moods determine the colour and the direction and location of paint that he splattered on a canvas on the ground. It may looks as though he merely stepped back and threw paint at the canvas, but every movement of the can or brush was done with purpose. [caption id="attachment_4468" width="620"] Willem de Kooning - Door to River[/caption] b) Color Field Color Field painters like Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still literally painted fields of colour onto the canvas. Again, though the effect seems simple, the colours in these works observed by an acute audience are made up of several hues that gave them depth and candor to the work. Beginnings of Abstract Expressionism The end of WWII had to vary after-effects in the psyche of the American public. The years before the war had been fraught with economic depression. Soldiers returning home from the war had seen horrible destruction, genocide, and atrocities they couldn’t bear to discuss or to contemplate. Women who had been in the workforce and had grown independent and self-sufficient were again donning the mantle of domesticity. The country was putting on a brave face while privately suffering an undercurrent of an identity crisis. In integrated cultural areas like New York where free thought and intellectualism had always flourished, artists, poets, and other freethinkers were becoming paranoid. The government was increasingly more anti-communistic and society was becoming more homogenized. The artists needed an outlet - A creative outlet to express freely! [caption id="attachment_4470" width="620"] Abstract Expressionism values human emotion[/caption] Abstract Expressionism provided a way for artists of all types to deliver feelings and ideas without the worry of public scrutiny of those thoughts. Of course, the public was reticent to accept their works as art, but that did not impede the movement’s freedom of expression. Forward thinking and powerful collectors like Peggy Guggenheim gave the movement a wider audience and legitimacy so that the movement could grow and evolve into what it is today. Because of careful curation and a respect for the founding artists of the movement, we are still able to enjoy these works. Features of Abstract Expressionism Large Scaled Works Paintings are typically large except in the case of heroic figures of the 18th and 19th Abstract Expressionism and is typically completed on very large canvases or is comprised of multiple canvases meant to be one work. Artist’s perspective The movement is not characterized by any one specific style, but strong messages and emotions are paramount to the representation. In any Abstract Expressionist work, it is either the feeling of the artist or of the viewer is in the center stage – not the image itself. Inspired by Surrealism Abstract Expressionism takes from Surrealism and delivers the idea that art should be created by spontaneous and subconscious creation. Rather than planning out, sketching, and rendering a piece, the artist follows the flow of feeling and the openness of his mind to create. Motivation The era in which the movement began had put a strain on society, especially that of free thinkers, that was stifling and limiting. Abstract Expressionism gave artists an outlet for their pent-up thoughts and feelings. Diversity of Colour Because Abstract Expressionism had no intention of rendering an image of something tangible, experimentation with colour took on a cerebral element. The artists became interested in how colour affected mood and thought. Conclusion Regardless of the critic’s viewpoints on that subject, irrespective of the rational definitions of art, the Abstract Expressionists achieved Tolstoy’s ideal and went beyond it to an extent where it helped the viewers to explore thought-provoking ideas about religion, time, space, popular culture, and more. Abstract Expressionism delivers! Similar reads

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Paul Jackson Pollock widely known as Jackson Pollock was an American painter who was born on 28 January 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, United States and died on 11 August 1956 in Springs, New York, United States. This article contains 15 most famous Jackson Pollock paintings. Famous Jackson Pollock Paintings Abstract Expressionism achieves this by letting the medium and composition communicate for itself. Artists like Pollock believed that it was the viewer (and not the artist) who defines and interpret the meaning of the abstract expressionist artwork thus, there is no relevance on what artist thinks or conveys while producing the work Read What is Abstract Expressionism? Gestural abstraction is clearly evident in Pollock’s works which feature vigorous and spontaneous movement through seemingly chaotic marks. The works were created with intention, but the effect is that of random impulse. Pollock let his moods determine the colour and the direction and location of paint that he splattered on a canvas on the ground. It may looks as though he merely stepped back and threw paint at the canvas, but every movement of the can or brush was done with purpose. While it remains challenging to enlist the most famous Jackson Pollock paintings, we've chosen the widely appreciated ones. Have a look Convergence [caption id="attachment_6729" width="300"] Convergence by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Convergence is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1952. This represents earlier works of abstract expressionism and considered as one of the best bravest action paintings. This painting can be viewed at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
Convergence is a huge painting (241.9 x 399.1 cm) - regarded as one of the most famous paintings of Jackson Pollock and must be seen in person to acknowledge it's grandeur. The painting was done during the Cold War, a period of crisis of war and it's aftermath among the people. Abstract Expressionism provided a way for artists of all types to deliver feelings and ideas without the worry of public scrutiny of those thoughts. Of course, the public was reticent to accept their works as art, but that did not impede the movement’s freedom of expression.
One: Number 31, 1950 [caption id="attachment_6730" width="350"] One Number 31, 1950 by Jackson Pollock[/caption] One: Number 31, 1950 is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1950. In the summer and autumn of 1950, the artist produced three wall size paintings which included this one too. The dimension of this painting are 269.5 x 530.8 cm. This is one of the most famous Jackson Pollock paintings. Shimmering Substance [caption id="attachment_6731" width="300"] Shimmering Substance by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Shimmering Substance is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1946. This painting is Jackson Pollock's first completely non-representational works of the abstract art. The dimension of this painting are 76.3 x 61.6 cm. Mural on Indian Red Ground [caption id="attachment_6732" width="300"] Mural on Indian Red Ground by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Mural on Indian Red Ground is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1950. This painting is valued at about $250 million and is considered one of Pollock's greatest works. This painting can be viewed at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran. No. 5, 1948 [caption id="attachment_6733" width="300"] No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock[/caption] No. 5, 1948 is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1948. The artist was known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The dimension of this painting are 2.4 m × 1.2 m. Number 1 (Lavender Mist) [caption id="attachment_6734" width="300"] Number 1 (Lavender Mist) by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Number 1 (Lavender Mist) is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1950. In this painting, the artist used drip painting technique. This painting can be viewed at National Gallery of Art East Building. Number 11, 1952 [caption id="attachment_6735" width="300"] Number 11, 1952 by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Number 11, 1952 is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock. This painting is also known by the name as Blue poles. It was Pollock choice not to assign names to his works, but rather numbers. This painting can be viewed at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The Deep [caption id="attachment_6736" width="300"] The Deep by Jackson Pollock[/caption] The Deep is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1953. Many interpretation of this paintings means deep and profound void or hole, a viscous cut or dying man, hence the name The Deep. This painting can be viewed at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. Autumn Rhythm [caption id="attachment_6737" width="300"] Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Autumn Rhythm is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1950. The original title given to this painting was Number 30 but it was changed later. The dimension of this painting are 266.7 x 525.8 cm. The She-Wolf [caption id="attachment_6738" width="300"] The She-Wolf by Jackson Pollock[/caption] The She-Wolf is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1943. This painting was featured in Pollock’s first solo exhibition at an Art of This Century gallery in New York in 1943. The dimension of this painting is 106.4 x 170.2 cm. Number 1A, 1948 [caption id="attachment_6740" width="278"] Number 1A, 1948 by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Number 1A, 1948 is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1948. Jackson's wife commented on numbering paintings "Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a painting for what it is—pure painting". The dimension of this painting is 172.7 x 264.2 cm. Stenographic Figure [caption id="attachment_6741" width="300"] Stenographic Figure by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Stenographic Figure is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1942. This painting style is bright and airy which reflect perhaps the artist new relationship with painter Lee Krasner. The dimension of this painting is 101.6 x 142.2 cm. Easter and the Totem [caption id="attachment_6742" width="211"] Easter and the Totem by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Easter and the Totem is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1953. The totemic forms at the left and right in this painting reflect his renewed interest in using a brush to paint quasi-figurative images. The dimension of this painting are 208.6 x 147.3 cm. Summertime: Number 9A [caption id="attachment_6743" width="300"] Summertime Number 9A by Jackson Pollock[/caption] Summertime: Number 9A is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1948. The rhythms in this painting reflect his belief that ‘The modern artist is working and expressing an inner world. The dimension of this painting is 848 x 5550 mm. Ocean Greyness [caption id="attachment_6744" width="282"] Ocean Greyness by Jackson Pollock[/caption] One of the many famous Jackson Pollock paintings is - Ocean Greyness. It is a painting produced by Jackson Pollock in 1953. Vogue magazine published fashion photographs by Cecil Beaton of models posing in front of Pollock’s drip paintings in 1951. The dimension of this painting is 146.7 x 229 cm. Regardless of the critic’s viewpoints on that subject, irrespective of the rational definitions of art, the Abstract Expressionists achieved Tolstoy’s ideal and went beyond it to an extent where it helped the viewers to explore thought-provoking ideas about religion, time, space, popular culture, and more. Jackson Pollock delivers!

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A question often asked - Why Is Mona Lisa Painting Famous? At first glance, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa appears to be just another portrait of a woman. The work, painted sometime between 1503 and 1519, features a brown-eyed woman with dark hair, a wide forehead, and a round chin. She’s seated, hands resting on the arm of a chair. A varied natural setting, comprised of roads, rivers, trees, and hills sits behind her. And yet the masterpiece revolutionized the art of portrait-making. [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]There’s the woman’s posture, which invites an interaction with the work’s viewer that had never before existed. Her upper body is tilted to face the viewer, lending a sense of movement to her otherwise static figure. [/quote_colored]There’s the inclusion of a dramatic and varied landscape in the background, a tactic which had rarely been used either. Ask people what is most distinctive about the Mona Lisa, however, and they will time and again cite the figure’s enigmatic gaze and mystifying smile. “Do you smile to tempt a new lover, Mona Lisa?” hummed King Cole in his 1950 hit song named after the portrait. “Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?” Her smile is slight and not evocative of any particular emotion. But what sets the Mona Lisa apart from similar portraits that da Vinci had painted of other women in the history of the work itself. An Artist and A Scientist The story of the Mona Lisa’s evolution helps illustrate why the painting itself is so dazzling. Da Vinci wasn’t just a painter; he found himself being drawn to engineering and scientific discovery as well. After completing the portrait, he spent time in both Milan and Rome, where he studied anatomy and served as an architectural advisor, before leaving Italy for good in 1516. He moved to rural France and abandoned the art of painting for the most part. Instead, he spent time with King Francis I, making sketches of landscapes and festivals for the royal family. After Da Vinci died unexpectedly of a stroke in 1519, the French crown took possession of the Mona Lisa. It remained in the royal family and out of the public eye for several centuries. When Napoléon Bonaparte, leader of the French Revolution, came to power, he took an interest in the work. He had the portrait hung in the Louvre – where it still lives to this day – in 1804. Despite its public unveiling, the Mona Lisa didn’t receive much attention or praise at the time. The works of Michaelangelo and Raphael, for instance, were far more popular. Fast forward a half century, when France’s symbolist poets sparked a renewed fascination with the work and connected it with Renaissance. Much of their poetry revolved around the “femme fatale,” a woman believed to be as seductively dangerous as she was beautiful. The Subject of a Global Investigation The painting became the emblem of drama and intrigue after it went missing in 1911. A group of young Italian men, led by a former museum employee, snuck into the museum and walked out on a Sunday afternoon with the work in tow, according to Smithsonian Mag. It’s wasn’t until a museum visitor alerted the Louvre more than a day later that the spot on the wall where the painting should have hung was empty. The heist made headlines around the world. Visitors flocked to the museum to see the empty spot on the wall where the work once hung. The mystery surrounding the work’s whereabouts turned into a massive international search, culminating in 1913 when the thief, Vincenzo Perugia, tried to sell it to a Florentine art dealer. It indisputably became the most famous piece of art in the world. Why is Mona Lisa Painting Famous? – Five Interesting Specialties One of the extremely well known and most admired masterpieces and has always considered as one of the best known, the most valued, the most visited and the most written about work of art in the world The Technique Da Vinci invented a technique called – SFUMATO – where he applied different tones, colors, and shades to build the overall boundaries of the work, rather than using outlines to define the base illustration of the subject. For a painter, it is one of the toughest challenges that one would undertake, but can leave a high sense of satisfaction if the technique goes well Her Eyebrows Many debates and theories exist on the absence of eyebrows as some suggest it is a fashion statement of the period, while others argued that it is an unfinished work. There is an alternative theory suggests that the eyebrows were there, but disappeared during the course of time. The Robbery When the painting went missing in 1911, the event generated much hype and the heist made headlines around the world, where the people flocked to the museum to see the empty wall where the work once hung Her Smile It is definitely enigmatic – A grin that was brought to life by Da Vinci through his SFUMATO technique, which researchers have concluded that it was achieved by applying more than forty layers of very thin lacquer. The Provenance The painting’s subject is Lisa Gherardini, whose wealthy husband Francesco Del Giocondo commissioned the work. The name ‘Mona Lisa’, roughly translates to ‘My Lady Lisa’ is a polite form of addressing ‘my dear lady’, thus became the most relevant name in the art world [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]The muted color scheme, sfumato technique, well blended and transitioned gradients applied by Da Vinci, combined with an aerial perspective of the subject, enigmatic smile, mysterious posture and a surreal touch toward the background landscape exemplifies Da Vinci’s mastery as an artist[/quote_colored] It's Beloved for a Reason Appreciation for the artistic wonders of the painting increased over time. In this case, it took more than 300 years for the painting to begin receiving the recognition it deserved. And there’s nothing wrong with a little infamy in order to gain the mass appreciation for a work of art, right? Of the many reasons the Mona Lisa painting became famous, we are particularly in awe of the unique technique used. Da Vinci used a new brushstroke to paint his subject. He would paint one layer and then have to wait for it to dry before beginning on the next layer. It’s actually the reason why the colors in the work are so dark – he hadn’t yet perfected the technique. The Louvre fought for years to treat the Mona Lisa painting like any other work in the building. Ultimately, they caved to the demands of museumgoers who were coming in droves to gaze into Lisa’s eyes. It now hangs in its exhibit space within a climate-controlled, bulletproof enclosure. Not too shabby for a run-of-the-mill portrait painted by a man famous for never finishing anything.

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Street is authentic. Street Art is Super Authentic Some street artists might unapologetically say that street art is the greatest art movement of our time and others could care less what the art community thinks. It’s not for the gallery – it’s for the masses – to entertain, to move, to bring about thought and change. Either way, it likely is the most provocative movement of our time. Whether the art is whimsical, or if it grounds itself in anger, images of the art go viral or are seen offline in person by thousands daily. Its messages of beauty or of truth reach people of all demographics. The meanings and messages it leaves behind are thought bending. Good things aren’t always beautiful. Beautiful things aren’t always good. Ugly can be made beautiful. Beautiful can be revealed as ugly. Street Art sends strong messages from the sidewalk to the world at large Using iconic imagery that is often recognizable regardless of language, the street artist is able to speak his opinions and solutions to a global audience, making this a rapidly advancing form of art the world over. Fans of particular artists have made a movement of uploading pictures of the artist’s work on social media as he trips around the world leaving his mark in several countries. In the case of mobile street art – such as on trains and vehicles – the art itself travels. Major print and television media outlets follow high profile or subversive street artists and broadcast their art to large audiences. Street art isn’t limited to the street itself. It grows up and around walls, on the sides of buses and subway cars, the trunks of trees, and even on traffic signs and lights. Any kind of outdoor public medium can be morphed to express a message through the artist’s vision. [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]A lot of street art has an obvious, or sometimes very subtle, anti-establishment hint in it. The very mediums it uses, owned by states or corporations, are protected by law from the artist but are used without regard or in spite of it. That illegality is often a part of the message.[/quote_colored] For millennia, people have been desecrating public buildings and spaces with their written or drawn opinions of authority figures, celebrities, and even their own friends and lovers. Archaeologists have found Roman inscriptions that mirror what’s written on the wall in our modern bathrooms. [caption id="attachment_4148" width="579"] Street Art[/caption] In more recent ,mmtimes, the hobos of the early 20th century made a language of images and symbols to communicate with each other. This language was most often found on trains, in rail yards, and on buildings near train tracks. It was from this that modern Graffiti was born. Graffiti is, according to art historians, the direct predecessor of street art. In the 1950s and early 60s, subversive youth took the train car hobo’s medium and began to use it to relay their own messages, opinions, and to establish group territories. By the mid 60’s, an element arose that began to evolve a movement through it to speak about the current political and social turmoil of the time. Often the art spread anti-establishment messages through comic and satirical images. Since the 1960s, street artists have grown in their passion and the resulting work has bloomed in its visual aesthetics. Early graffiti was limited to three or four basic colors of spray paint and had to be executed quickly to avoid the authorities. Modern street artists use an array of colors – or even gray scale - and don’t always limit themselves to spray paint. Street Art Draws Culture to the City Street art is so much a part of its environment that it not only becomes a part of the city landscape, but is born out of it symbolically and in its composition. The meaning of the work is often anchored in the place it is found in, as a commentary on the social balance of a neighbourhood or business district. The lines, angles, and brushstrokes form naturally around or in concert with the objects they are made on. [caption id="attachment_4150" width="639"] Berlin Street Art by BLU[/caption] A crack in a wall becomes a river of division in a painting visualizing the separation of rich and poor, a crumbling wall is filled in with Lego bricks, or a natural vine or bush becomes the hair on a portrait painted on the wall beneath it. [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]Outside of the symbolic meaning of a piece, the art adds beauty or comic relief to areas of a city that are often either cold and characterless, or poor and unmaintained. By providing a visual break from the reality of depressed neighbourhoods or depressing industrial and business areas, street art gives its audience a moment of amusement, reflection, or validation.[/quote_colored] The sudden appearance of some street art can even bring about change by spurring action in a society that has grown complacent, or by calling for a change of perspective from an establishment such as the government or a business that hasn’t recognised or acknowledged the needs of the people. Street art also inspires people to beautify the environment and draws in people that might not otherwise visit the area. This can lead to economic shift and cultural change. Street Art offers mystery and exploration as reward Inquisitive urban explorers are often the first to find new street art. A subset of street artists like to hide their art in secret places. This could be as simple as painting a piece on a staircase that can only be seen from one angle to as difficult as gaining access to the basement of a long abandoned factory. The artist himself gets a taste of forbidden thrill and the subsequent explorer gets the ultimate reward of visual treasure. Rather than falling back on the taste and judgement of a gallery or museum curator, the art explorer becomes a participant in the culture of street art, taking the active role of seeking and discovery upon herself. Street art connects with everyone Coming off the back of postmodernism, street artists have the ability to influence thought and restructure ideals without the limits of space and material. It lacks the desperate need to be heard and pretentious intellectual exclusivity of prior art movements. Street art can communicate ideas in an original piece that another artist may respond to or expand on with another nearby work or an addition to the one already existing. Public spaces grow and change and so then does the art on them. New artists respond to the change so that street art is ever evolving. A single piece of street art can grow in any endless direction, both metaphorically and physically. [caption id="attachment_4146" width="721"] Bansky's street art work[/caption] This freedom allowed the artist and the viewer the mental space to think about the meaning of the work and the physical space for the artist to expound on the thought or for another to respond to it. A complete visual conversation can go on and on. Puzzles, trickery, satire, hidden humor, and other mind benders are often worked into the art, making it a delight to see over and over. Street art’s former graffiti reputation as destructive vandalism has mostly disappeared. As the art form gains the notice of the art world elite, and more importantly, the masses, there is hope of success for the artist in his life and even the immediate future. [quote_colored name="" icon_quote="no"]Artists are now recording the art as they execute it and play the performance on the web, thus generating cash flow. Some street art is only viewable by inserting a credit card in a structure in the wall that covers the art work. The audience pays to play and the artwork is revealed. Yes, technology has entered into art scene [/quote_colored] There is an argument here that paying a cover charge to view what was subversive in its infancy takes something vital away from the experience. The opposing thought would be that the great artists of the past didn’t live to reap the millions of dollars their pieces are worth now, but rather scraped by penniless until their deaths and that it is only fair for the artist to receive something back for the gifts he has given to many. Street Art is not vandalism anymore. Street Art is attitude Street art has proven itself to be a true expressive art form. It is not an inferior form of political outcry nor is it the indifferent rebellion of a disaffected youth. Street art thinks, feels, and evokes thought and emotions in the people that view it with an open mind. Street art is executed with purpose and design with technique and intention. Street art heightens our experience of the visual landscape outside museum walls. (Below is a short excerpt from This is Street Art Untitled III by Carpet Bombing Culture) Street is cool. Street is sharp. It’s being in control. Attitude, individuality, EDGE. Street is city blocks humming hip hop corner beats harmonizing defeat and victory. Street is black, yellow, white, red and purple. Worry, financial mishaps, and credit cards. Street is struggling and juggling two jobs - rolling high, earning dirt. Street is vampires sucking blood from the weak. Clean, dirty – smelling of trash and posh cologne. Street is frustration - living from one man’s hand to his neighbour’s mouth. Expensive and dangerous. Soft drinks and hard liquor. Warring for truth, uniting in adversity. Street art is art.

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After a sterling crusade in the late 20th century that spearheaded the feminist movement, women became more enamored and involved in the world of art. Both as a collector of art and as an artist as well, this emergence started giving credence to the women’s increasing role in both art historical discourse and artistic production. This article covers 25 paintings about the theme of Women in Art. Throughout the centuries, women have been involved in many art forms that include creating artwork, as a critic and contributor. Many artists like Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Titian, and Leonardo da Vinci made many famous paintings depicting Women in Art. Madame Moitessier by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres [caption id="attachment_6623" width="300"] Madame Moitessier by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres[/caption] Madame Moitessier is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1856. The French painter painted first versions of Madame Moitessier in 1851 in which she's shown standing. When Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was approached for a portrait of Madame Moitessier, he was off struck by the beauty of her. The Sistine Madonna by Raphael [caption id="attachment_6624" width="300"] The Sistine Madonna by Raphael[/caption] The Sistine Madonna is a painting produced by Raphael in 1512. Giorgio Vasari was quoted saying that this painting is a truly rare and extraordinary work of Raphael. The dimension of the painting were 265 cm by 196 cm. Portrait of Princesse de Broglie by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres [caption id="attachment_6625" width="300"] Portrait of Princesse de Broglie by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres[/caption] Portrait of Princesse de Broglie is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1853. Pauline Eleonore de Broglie represents Princesse de Broglie which was painted by the french painter in this painting and she was Viscountess Haussonville's beautiful sister. Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres [caption id="attachment_6626" width="300"] Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres[/caption] Grande Odalisque is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1814. This painting by the french artist was widely criticized by the public and critics when it was first exhibited. Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque were other well known names of this painting. Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci [caption id="attachment_6627" width="300"] Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci[/caption] Virgin of the Rocks is a painting produced by Leonardo da Vinci between 1483 and 1486. Madonna of the Rocks was also a similar painting but with several significant details being different. This painting can be viewed at The Louvre in Paris. Venus of Urbino by Titian [caption id="attachment_6628" width="300"] Venus of Urbino by Titian[/caption] Venus of Urbino is a painting produced by Titian in 1538. This painting was commissioned by Guidobaldo II della Rovere who was the Duke of Urbino. He wanted to gift this painting to his wife to celebrate his marriage. Annunciation by Leonardo Da vinci [caption id="attachment_6629" width="300"] Annunciation by Leonardo Da vinci[/caption] Annunciation is a painting produced by Leonardo Da vinci between 1472 and 1475. This painting is well known painting by Vinci who executed this painting with his own hand after the workshop of his master Andrea del Verrocchio. Diana and Actaeon by Titian [caption id="attachment_6630" width="300"] Diana and Actaeon by Titian[/caption] Diana and Actaeon is a painting produced by Titian between 1556 and 1559. This painting was acquired from The Bridgewater Collection by The National Gallery of London and The National Gallery of Scotland for 50 million Euros. This painting can be viewed at National Gallery in London. Assumption of Virgin by Titian [caption id="attachment_6632" width="300"] Assumption of Virgin by Titian[/caption] Assumption of Virgin is a large painting produced by Titian between 1516 and 1518. This painting is the largest work that could be found in the whole city of Venice. This painting can be viewed at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. A bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet [caption id="attachment_6633" width="300"] A bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet[/caption] A bar at the Folies Bergere is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1882. This painting is the last major work of Eduard Manet and he exhibited this painting in 1882 at Paris Salon. Emmanuel Chabrier was neighbour of Manet and it is believed that this painting represents her. Nana by Edouard Manet [caption id="attachment_6634" width="300"] Nana by Edouard Manet[/caption] Nana is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1877. The french painter sent this painting for exhibition in 1877 but the jury of the exhibition refused to exhibit it. This painting can be viewed at Kunsthalle Hamburg in Hamburg. Woman Reading by Edouard Manet [caption id="attachment_6635" width="300"] Woman Reading by Edouard Manet[/caption] Woman Reading is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1879. This painting depicts a woman who is seating in a cafe which may be outside while she was dressed fashionably. The Art Institute of Chicago acquired this painting in 2000. In the Conservatory by Edouard Manet [caption id="attachment_6636" width="300"] In the Conservatory by Edouard Manet[/caption] In the Conservatory is a painting produced by Edouard Manet between 1878 and 1879. This painting was purchased by The Nationalgalerie in Berlin and was the first to do so. This painting can be viewed at Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person by Max Ernst [caption id="attachment_6637" width="191"] Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person by Max Ernst[/caption] Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person is a painting produced by Max Ernst between 1919 and 1920. This painting by the German artist is based on the diagrams of scientific instruments. This painting can be viewed at Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Cabaret Scene by Salvador Dali [caption id="attachment_6638" width="237"] Cabaret Scene by Salvador Dali[/caption] Cabaret Scene is a painting produced by Salvador Dali in 1922. This painting has a cubical influence and because of this, the painting was known as the most famous work of Salvador Dali. This painting is owned by a private collection at Francois Petit in Paris. The Great Masturbator by Salvador Dali [caption id="attachment_6639" width="300"] The Great Masturbator by Salvador Dali[/caption] The Great Masturbator is a painting produced by Salvador Dali in 1929. The Spanish painter wanted that this painting should be kept in this museum as a personal collection. This painting can be viewed at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. The Gleaners by Jean François Millet [caption id="attachment_6640" width="300"] The Gleaners by Jean François Millet[/caption] The Gleaners is a painting produced by Jean François Millet in 1857. The Gleaners was a manufacturing company and it is believed that the name was derived from it. The scene depicts three women gleaning the grains of wheat. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer [caption id="attachment_6643" width="280"] Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer[/caption] Girl With a Pearl Earring is a painting produced by Johannes Vermeer around 1665. One of the most famous works by the Dutch artist and was widely known as the Girl with a Turban. This painting can be viewed at Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands. When Will You Marry by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin [caption id="attachment_6644" width="220"] When Will You Marry by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin[/caption] When Will You Marry is a painting produced by Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin in 1892. Well known paintings of the french painter and this painting was sold to Emirate of Qatar for 300 million dollars. This painting can be viewed at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli [caption id="attachment_6645" width="300"] The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli[/caption] The Birth of Venus is a painting produced by Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as Sandro Botticelli around 1480s. This painting is regarded as the first non-religious nude and the most famous painting by Sandro Botticelli. The Wheat Sifters by Gustave Courbet [caption id="attachment_6646" width="300"] The Wheat Sifters by Gustave Courbet[/caption] The Wheat Sifters is a painting produced by Gustave Courbet in 1854. The Young Ladies of the Village was another painting with similar theme and scene. This painting can be viewed at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in Nantes. The Railway by Edouard Manet [caption id="attachment_6647" width="300"] The Railway by Edouard Manet[/caption] The Railway is a painting produced by Edouard Manet in 1873. Victorine Meurent was the first choice model of Edouard Manet and this painting was her last depiction by Manet. Olympia and The Luncheon on the Grass were Victorine Meurent previous works. Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci [caption id="attachment_6648" width="300"] Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci[/caption] Ginevra de’ Benci is a portrait painting produced by Leonardo da Vinci between 1474 and 1478. In this US, paintings of Leonardo da vinci are rare and this painting is one of the paintings that are publicly shown. This painting can be viewed at National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian [caption id="attachment_6649" width="300"] Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian[/caption] Bacchus and Ariadne is a painting produced by Titian between 1522 and 1523. This painting is well known as one of the prominent masterpieces of Titian. This painting tells the story of Ariadne and Crete and this painting could be viewed at The National Gallery in London. Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico [caption id="attachment_6650" width="300"] Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico[/caption] Coronation of the Virgin is a painting produced by Fra Angelico in 1432. The subject of this painting was one of the most common subjects during 14th to 18th century. This painting can be viewed at Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Because we live in a fortunate time of history when women can now freely participate and become creators of art, we should further appreciate and celebrate their continuous contributions by being more supportive and constantly on the lookout for that next great woman artist.

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