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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.
Wednesday
Jun272018

Quote of the Day

“A picture is a poem without words.” - Horace

Monday
Jun252018

Christian Schad: The Classical Collides with Symbolism

Christian Schad - Agosta, the Pigeon-Chested Man, and Rasha, the Black Dove - 1929 - Oil on canvas - 1200 x 800 mm - Tate Museum - London (click photo for larger image)

German artist Christian Schad (1894-1982) was associated with both the Dada and the New Objectivity movements. Considered as a group, Schad's portraits form an extraordinary record of life in Vienna and Berlin in the years following World War I. The work featured here is a large portrait-orientated oil painting of two funfair performers. It was created in 1929, in Berlin, where Schad lived from 1927 to 1943. It is executed on a plain-weave linen canvas with the paint applied consistently all over. Schad met the subjects in north Berlin, where they appeared together using the bird-related names referenced in the work’s title. As part of their performance, Agosta displayed his upside-down ribcage – a deformity with which he was born – while Rasha, who was from Madagascar, appeared with a large snake wrapped around her. In a 1977 text, Schad claimed that the models were “simple, obliging and, like all performers, dependable and punctual. They told me much about their lives that was much more interesting than what I would have been told at a five o’clock tea”. 

Friday
Jun222018

Jill’s Summer Classes at Cedar Lane Art Center

(click photo for larger image)What About Art? Director Jill Kiefer will be offering four-week sessions at Cedar Lane Art Center (CLAC) in Ossining, NY this Summer. Please have a look!

Wednesday
Jun202018

Did You Know?

Auguste Rodin‘s work, The Age of Bronze, was so realistic people though he sacrificed a real person inside the cast.

Monday
Jun182018

Alfred Sisley: The Unheralded Impressionist

Alfred Sisley - Boats on the Canal - 1873 - Oil on canvas - 46 × 65 cm. - Musée d'Orsay, ParisFrench Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1889) was yet another artist who studied in Charles Gleyre’s studio in 1862, along with fellow painters Monet, Renoir, and Bazille (all of whom are discussed here on What About Art?). Born in Paris to wealthy English parents—Sisley’s pursuit of painting began as a hobby. His family intended for him to go into commerce. However, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 brought financial ruin to the Sisley family and caused Sisley.  At this period of crisis, Sisley fled to London and decided to make painting his full-time career. The rest of his life was a constant struggle against poverty. It was only after his death, that Sisley’s talent began to be widely recognized, and the price of his work rose sharply. Even to date, he is under-studied and under appreciated when compared to the other Impressionists.

Primarily a landscape painter, Sisley work is distinguished by those of his Impressionist contemporaries by his use of softly harmonic values and a restricted and delicate palette.