January 3, 2015

Drown Out

John Everett Millais and Steven Meisel

As one of the three founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Everett Millais, would create some of the most well-known imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which looked to Quattrocento or 15th-century Italian art. Shakespeare often served as inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites as seen in Millais’ 1851-52 ...

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January 20, 2014

Lady Godiva

John Collier and Walter Chin

Society takes peculiar measures when burdened with high taxes: Some throw tea into the harbor while others take to touring the town on horseback in the nude. The latter, of course, being the method employed by Lady Godiva, the 11th-century noblewomen whose husband would only relinquish the oppressive taxes he imposed on his ...

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November 25, 2013

In the Red

Francisco de Goya and John Rawlings

Francisco de Goya’s peculiar portrait of Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga depicts childhood innocence while also suggesting youth’s inevitably fleeting nature. Resplendent in a crimson suit and satin sash, Manuel stands at odds with his surroundings as three eager cats eye a magpie–the leashed pet of the ...

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November 19, 2013

Head in the Clouds

Rene Magritte and Holger Trülzsch

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. A common theme in Magritte’s work included the unsuspecting use and placement of clouds with an indistinguishable divide between grounded reality and fantastical skies. ...

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September 24, 2013

Tree of Life

Gustav Klimt and Norman Parkinson

Viennese Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt’s allover-patterned paintings are often reinterpreted by designers, artists and photographers. Although not considered a fashion painter, Klimt’s sartorial focus may have resulted from his close relationship with avant-garde fashion designer Emilie Flöge. Furthering the ...

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September 23, 2013

Nail Down

Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari and Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

After Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan paired with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari for W Magazine’s 2009 Art Issue, the couple decided to continue the collaboration, founding ToiletPaper Magazine the following year. Under the art direction of Micol Talso, the biannual ToiletPaper magazine is entirely ...

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September 16, 2013

Apple of My Eye

Rene Magritte and Daniel Jackson

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. The apple had a lingering presence within Magritte’s oeuvre, as did the suit-clad man topped with a bowler hat.  In his 1964 work The Son of Man, the painter depicted a ...

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September 12, 2013

Kinetic Potential

9.10 Jesús Rafael Soto and Carolina Herrera

For her SS 2014 collection, Carolina Herrera would imbue her looks with a sense of movement with prints and appliqués resembling mid-century op-art and kineticism. Looking to her native Venezuela, Herrera reappropriated the works of Venezuelan artists Jesús Rafael Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez, resulting in a collection ...

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August 5, 2013

An Old Flame

Georges de La Tour and Peter Lippmann

Georges de La Tour revisited the subject of the Penitent Magdalene at least four times throughout his career, all with subtle variations and slight compositional nuances. In La Madeleine à la veilleuse, housed at The Louvre, de La Tour depicted a barefoot Magdalene aglow in the light of the flame in which she ...

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July 17, 2013

Apple of My Eye

Rene Magritte and Tim Walker

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. The apple had a lingering presence within Magritte’s oeuvre, as did the suit-clad man topped with a bowler hat.  In his 1964 work The Son of Man, the painter depicted a ...

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