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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.
Sunday
Jan032010

Quote of the Day

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." - Paul Cézanne

Sunday
Jan032010

Trompe-l’œil

Pere Borell del Caso, "Escaping Criticism", 1874. Madrid, Banco de EspañaOne of the goals of this blog is to share with you some of the great works of art that I find fascinating--in the hope that you'll find interest in them, too. This work is a masterful example of trompe-l’œil. ArtDaily.org notes that "Trompe-l’œil is distinguished not just by its realism – after all, still life, perspective painting and photography can all claim to be realistic – but by its wit. In the best trompe-l’œil the artist deliberately sets out to trick you, and then lets you know you have been tricked." 

Saturday
Jan022010

Quote of the Day

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." - Pablo Picasso

Saturday
Jan022010

Thanks for your visit!

Thank you all for visiting and signing in here! Heather, I'm glad the painting reminded you of Bosch (with whimsy) because that was my intention. Here's another image that seems apt for the incoming year--a time when we reflect back one more time before moving forward with new projects, ideas and goals. A sort of "Double Vision" if you will (done in oil pastels over acrylics and dyes on canvas). Hope you like it. Let me know what projects you all envision for the New Year!

Thursday
Dec312009

Welcome to my blog - Jill Kiefer - Arts Alive

Hello...and Welcome! On the 2009/2010 cusp seems a good point for beginning a new blog. This site will be devoted to sharing works of art (mine and others) and talking about art historical issues, as well. Your participation is encouraged. But for now...have a safe New Year's celebration--and a Happy, Healthy, Productive and CREATIVE 2010. My painting entitled "After Midnight" (featured here) seems an apt choice for a party atmosphere. Hope you enjoy it!

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