July 11, 2013

Sister Act

John Singer Sargent and Cecil Beaton

At the turn of the century, high society would clamor for a portrait by John Singer Sargent, however, this was preceeded by a brief period in which the painter was thought an unsafe choice after his controversial portrait of Madame X in 1883-84. Moving from Paris to London facilitated in Sargent’s transition ...

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July 4, 2013

Out to Lunch

Edouard Manet and Inez & Vinoodh

Originally titled Le Bain, Edouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe or Luncheon on the Grass, was debuted in 1863 to rather mixed reviews ranging from laughter to outrage. Although Manet’s titillating picnic scene was in reference to Titian’s 16th-century painting Concert champêtre, which ...

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June 6, 2013

Sharing Haring

Keith Haring and Jean-Charles Castelbajac

Keith Haring began his short career in 1978, producing paintings, sculptures and murals in his signature cartoon-like graphics until his premature death in 1990. Haring’s philosophy to enhance the accessibility of his art was reinforced by his Pop Shop, a store which carried Haring memorabilia, home goods and ...

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May 31, 2013

Drown Your Sorrows

John Everett Millais and Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

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, famously depicted in ...

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May 22, 2013

Less is Moore

Ingres and Michael Thompson

Rather than paint the mythological nude, Neoclassical painter Ingres depicted the exotic nude in his 1813 painting, La Grande Odalisque. Commissioned by Napoleon’s sister and the queen of Naples, Caroline Murat, the famous nude depicted an odalisque or concubine amongst rich, exotic textiles and accessories ...

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May 21, 2013

Sir Realist

Rene Magritte and Andrew Matusik

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. In his 1953 painting Golconda, Magritte replicated and multiplied male figures suspended midair likening them to raindrops and exploring ideas of the tension between ...

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May 20, 2013

Shop Artist

Andy Warhol and Christian Dior

Before establishing himself as a famed pop artist, Andy Warhol would find work as a successful commercial artist for clients including Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, NBC, Tiffany & Co. and Vogue. On the eve of the 1960s, which saw the production of many of Warhol’s most well known works, Warhol created Female Head ...

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May 1, 2013

Free as a Bird

Georges Braque and YSL

Pioneer in modern art, Georges Braque began his career as an impressionist, later evolving to fauvism in the early 1900s and finally cubism by 1909. Along with Picasso, Braque was responsible for creating art with simultaneous, geometric perspectives which would come to be known as cubism. Later in his life, Braque’s ...

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April 29, 2013

Pitter Pattern

Gustav Klimt and Steven Meisel

Viennese Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt’s allover-patterned paintings are often reinterpreted by designers, artists and photographers. Klimt’s 1916 painting The Dancer features his signature kaleidoscopic background, with elements of Japonisme that seem to flow from the dancer’s flower-patterned robe. ...

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April 23, 2013

Sunflower-power

Vincent Van Gough and Rodarte

It is unclear why Van Gogh produced so many works featuring the sunflower, it is thought he painted them to decorate the room he would share with fellow impressionist Paul Gauguin. Others believe new advances in painting pigments yielded the possibility for a more intense vibrancy in color and sunflowers were a subject ...

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