- Art Deco Movement - The Foundation Stone of Modern Art
'Art Deco' was a mainstream international design movement, spreading over a span of fourteen years, from 1925 to 1939. It played a crucial role in the development and the progression of Modern Art. The Deco Movement embodied a blend of the different modern decorative art styles, largely from 1920s and 1930s. These styles were the derivatives of several state-of-the-art painting philosophies.
- Camille Pissarro - The French Godfather of Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism
One man credited as the 'cradle' of the 'Impressionist' movement in France was the painter, Jacob-Abraham-Camille Pissarro or simply, Camille Pissarro. He was an iconic father figure to many a greats, such as his colleagues, Gauguin and Cézanne. Pissarro was born on the Virgin Islands of St Thomas, to his Portuguese father, Abraham Gabriel Pissarro, a Jew, and a Spanish mom, Rachel Manzano-Pomié,
- Conceptual Art - The Best and the Worst of Modern Art
"Conceptual Art" treads the thin line between what we generally think as "artistic" and what as "non-artistic." While most of us do associate the skills of the artist as the primary requisite for a great art, a thought process gives the concept much more weight. "Conceptual Art" is the baby of the latter.
- Constructivist Russian Sculptor - Naum Gabo
Russian artist, Naum Gabo was a renowned 'Constructivist' sculptor, writer and teacher. Born on August 5, 1890 in the Jewish family of six children, in Briansk, Russia, Naum Gabo was christened Naum Neemia Pevsner. His father owned metal works in Russia and his elder brother, Antoine Pevsner, was a 'Constructivist' painter. Naum Gabo was multilingual and was able to speak and write German, French,
- Her Most Famous Painting (Oriental Poppies) - Georgia O'Keeffe
The American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (November 1887-March 1986) was a pioneering 'Modernist.' Her unique approach defied all the accepted norms of painting and gave a new definition to the 'American Modern Art.' Owing to her competence, American Art attained fame and recognition in creatively competent Europe. Flowers fascinated Georgia and they were her favorite subject on canvas.
- Her Most Famous Sculpture (Maman) - Louise Bourgeois
French born-American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois (born 1911) has been a well-respected name in the art world for over seven decades. She is often counted among the greatest female artists of all times.
- His Most Famous Painting (The Garden of Pontoise) - Camille Pissarro
French 'Impressionist' painter Jacob-Abraham-Camille Pissarro or Camille Pissarro was born to rich Portuguese Jewish merchant Abraham Gabriel Pissarro and his wife Rachel Manzano on July 10, 1830, at the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas, West Indies. He lived here until the age of 12. He then went to a boarding school in Paris in 1855, where the director encouraged Pissarro to nurture his creative talent. Camille professionally started painting and created the masterpieces he is known for today.
- His Most Famous Painting (The Raising of the Cross) - Paul Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens (born June 28, 1577) was one of the most charismatic and influential Flemish painters of the 'Renaissance' period. His bold interpretation of the mythological stories and their dramatic rendition on the canvas made him a pioneer in the 'European' style of painting. Peter had adopted the 'Baroque' style of painting, exuberating struggle and drama. He personified allegorical characters and rendered them on canvas, depicting their trauma, emotional struggle, and their sheer bravery, as is best evident in his "The Raising of the Cross" or "The Elevation of the Cross," which depicted the last stages of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion.
- His Most Famous Painting (Whaam!) - Roy Lichtenstein
The inspiration behind "Whaam!" was a comic-book picture from 'All American Men of War,' published in 1962 by DC comics. The painting shows a rocket being fired by a fighter plane towards an enemy plane, along with a red-yellow explosion. To add interest, the painting has the onomatopoeic words "Whaam!" on it, along with the caption saying, "I pressed the fire control... and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky..." "Whaam!," a diptych, is a big painting, measuring 1.7 x 4.0 m (5 ft 7 in x 13 ft 4 in) and is presently displayed at Tate Modern in London, England.
- His Most Famous Sculpture (The Thinker) - Auguste Rodin
In 1858, in order to support and sustain his family, Rodin started working commercially in 'Decorative Arts.' At that time, Paris was in a phase of transformation and renovation. Many statues and other decorative sculptures were being erected all through the city. This held up an excellent opportunity for Rodin, as the renovation workshops were recruiting artists to work on these projects. Although, the work remained unfinished at the time of his death, it provided the basis for some of Rodin's
- His Most Famous Woodcut (Kopf) - Max Kaus
German artist Max Kaus was born in March of the year 1891, in Berlin. He was credited with pioneering 'Expressionism' in Germany. His genre of art was marked by the simplification of realistic subjects in a manner that added a mystical appeal to them. His treatment of reality was also characterized by a degree of exaggeration to capture the underlying intensity of their being.
- Impressionism - The First Defiant, Bold, and Defining Revolution in Art
Edgar Degas, one of the most famous members of the Parisian group of artists, hated the word "Impressionist." The term was often used to straitjacket him and his group of the 19th century artists, such as Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro. After all, every form of art, be it music, literature, or the fine arts, are in a way "Impressionist." What we see is what the artist tries to 'impress' us with. Even photography is fundamentally "Impressionist" because what we see is a photographer's 'impression' of reality.
- Michelangelo - Renaissance Greek Artist in Roman Lands
Why is Michelangelo famous? Why is it that his name shines forth as one of the greatest Renaissance artists, while there are many who score over him in the terms of techniques and execution? Why is it that he is the de facto patron of sculptors and painters? There are three main reasons to justify Michelangelo's claim to this unparallel fame and glory, versatility, volume, and perfection, a combination that was almost out of this world.
- Oscar Gustav Rejlander - The Father of Art Photography
Oscar Rejlander started working as a portraitist at Wolverhampton, in approximately 1846. Rejlander learned the skills of photography in 1850, to facilitate his painting techniques and produced many works, including the most famous "The Two Ways of Life" (1857). This work was meticulously printed from 32 glass negatives. Portraiture and genre works were a couple of key dimensions of Rejlander's works.
- Otto Herbig - The Frontrunner of 'German Expressionism'
Otto Herbig, born on December 31, 1889, in Dorndorf, Werra, was a German artist, credited of being the torchbearer of the German Expressionism. As a school student, he seemed enthralled by the architectural brilliance of his native city, as was evident in his earlier paintings. Owing to his artistic aptitude, Otto Herbig got himself enrolled into the Munich Art Academy, during 1909 to 1911.
- Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) - The Undisputed Father of Modern Art
Paul Cezanne was a famous French, Post-Impressionist painter, born on January 19, 1839 at Aix-en-Province of France, to father, Louis-Auguste Cezanne, and mother, Anne-Elisabeth Honorine Aubert. Paul was the owner of a banking firm, which his father co-founded. This made him financially independent and therefore, he carried on his work without any financial concerns. The painter started his lessons on art from an early age of 10 under a Spanish monk, Joseph Gibert at St Joseph boarding school.
- Pop Art - Extracting Consumer Driven World From the Shallows of Darkness
Pop Art, a peculiar artistic innovation of the twentieth century, centered on the growing interests of several artists in mass media, advertising, comics, and consumer products imagery. English critic, Lawrence Alloway, in a 1958 issue of Architectural Digest, first used the term, 'Pop Art.' 'Pop Artistry' displayed the celebration of post-war consumerism, challenging the psychology of 'Abstract E
- Symbolism of Color - Colors and Their Meanings
The colors that are used by the artist are very subjective with many different emotions attached to them. The viewer may see entirely new hues and shades within the same color, and find other meanings and feelings than what the artist had intended to express. The artist may have used red to express love and passion however the viewer may mistake the red to mean anger or aggression. Colors are a beautiful mystery because they are elusive and subjective; yet scientific as well.