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    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.
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    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.

“The Lone Traditional Easel Painter of the Art Deco Style”

Tamara de Lempicka - Woman with Arms Crossed - Oil on canvas - 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkTrained at the height of post-Cubist experimentation, Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) was nevertheless a painter in the Art Deco style. Her faceted, geometric forms rendered in an Art Deco palette result in sublime portraits of figures that become objects. Her work is a unique synthesis of art and design created in a language that embodies all of the avant-garde movements of her day—along with her controversial bold sexuality.

“As a female painter representing the female nude, she subverted the conventional arrangement in which a naked woman is displayed exclusively for the viewing pleasure of the male onlooker. The result is a kind of egalitarian voyeurism.”

Whether one likes de Lempicka’s work or not, no one can deny that it is wholly her own. You can read (and see) more about her right here on What About Art? 


Georges Braque: A Multifaceted Painter

Georges Braque - L’Estaque - 1906 - Oil on canvas - Private collection (click photo for larger image)Although Georges Braque (1882-1963) is best known for his collaboration with Pablo Picasso on the development of Cubism, he had a long career during which he explored objects through color line and texture. 

Braque’s early paintings reveal the influence of the Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, and later he carefully studied the structures and synthesis of color and tonal values in the art of Paul Cézanne. He later wholly engaged with the intense use of color by the Fauves—prior to moving on to the Cubist experiments for which he is best known.

Braque also was an artist who preferred being alone in his studio—rather than “being a personality in the art world”. For this reason, his achievements were and remain somewhat overshadowed by the developments of his fellow collaborator, the dynamic Picasso. The two actually were good friends. It is impossible to say which of them was the principal inventor of the revolutionary new style, because we know that they exchanged ideas almost daily. However, we do know that it was Braque who initiated the tendency toward using geometric forms, largely based upon his respect for the work of Cézanne.

In the work featured here, we see Braque’s Fauvist interpretation of L’Estaque, an area frequently visited by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.

You can read more about all of the artists mentioned here elsewhere on this site.


Did You Know?

Jackson Pollock once had a job cleaning statues for the Emergency Relief Bureau. He also worked as a janitor with his brother at a children's school. In his personal life, he was not so clean…


Groundhog Sunday Studio Swap Meet & Sale

The OAC Groundhog Sunday Studio Swap Meet & Sale will take place on Sunday, February 4th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Event will take place at the OAC Steamer Gallery – 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY 10562

Spring IS going to come—so clear out your art studios of tools and materials you no longer need to make room for the stuff you really DO need! Get great supplies at OAC’s Groundhog Sunday Swap Meet & Sale! A wide variety of items will be on sale for reasonable prices. Brushes, Paints, Pastels, Paper, Canvases, Clay, Tools, and Camera Lenses—are just some of what will be up for grabs.

Have an art supply you might want to swap? Bring it along. Maybe you can make a deal!

Remember…one person’s trash might be someone else’s treasure! So come by…have a light snack…and browse the vendor booths to see what will work for you!



Jan Verkade: Dutch Post Impressionist and Symbolist

Jan Verkade - Decorative Landscape - 1891 - Oil on panel - Nationalmuseum - Stockholm (click photo for larger image)Jan Verkade (a/k/a Johannes Sixtus Gerhardus Verkade) (1868-1946) was a pivotal Dutch Post-Impressionist artist and a talented Christian Symbolist painter. His spiritual journey eventually led him to become a Benedictine monk, and he continued painting throughout his religious career.

In the work featured here, it is very easy to see the influence of Paul Gauguin. In his earlier days, he was closely associated with the Les Nabis group of artists.

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