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The Shortest Art History Lesson You’ve Ever Seen

Don’t know much about art history? Good news! Artist Grant Snider has summed up decades of creativity in one 6-panel cartoon rhyme. This is one of the most clever art history lessons Park West Gallery has ever seen, and definitely one of the shortest!

art history cartoon, Grant Snider, Park West Gallery

(via Neatorama)

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Art News – June 24, 2011

vincent-and-theo-van-goghVincent van Gogh’s self-portrait (left) with the painting of his brother Theo (right)

Is he or isn’t he? Art researchers at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum now believe that a work by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh—long thought to have been a self-portrait—actually depicts the artist’s younger brother Theo. If true, it would be the only known painting of Theo, who supported Vincent financially and was his lifelong confidant and friend. What do you think—is it Vincent, or could it be Theo? {via CBS News}

QUIZ: Are you a Magritte geek? René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle opens today (thru Oct. 16) at Tate Liverpool. The Belgian surrealist is renowned for his witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings. How well do you know Magritte? Take the quiz{via Guardian}

On this day in art history: On June 24, 1901, Pablo Picasso‘s first major exhibition opened at a gallery on Rue Laffitte in Paris. The artist was 19 years old at the time, and unknown outside Barcelona, but had already produced hundreds of paintings. (Visit the Park West Gallery Picasso Website to learn even more about the artist.) {via History.com}

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Artist Birthdays November 20 – PAULUS POTTER

PAULUS POTTER (November 20, 1625 – January 17, 1654)

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Realism
  • ARTiFact: Though he died of tuberculosis before the age of thirty, he had already profoundly influenced the way animals are depicted in European art; he made them his picture’s focus, not just a backdrop for human action.
  • Artist Quote: “Thus we find Paulus Potter painting rutting and excited animals in equally exciting landscapes – in a thunderstorm, in the sunshine, in the melancholy of autumn…” ~Vincent van Gogh in a letter to Emile Bernard
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): The Bull, circa 1647.


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ADOLPHE MONTICELLI (Oct. 14, 1824 – June 29, 1886)

  • Nationality: French
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Romanticism
  • ARTiFact: Vincent van Gogh greatly admired Monticelli’s work after seeing it in Paris when he arrived there in 1886. Van Gogh immediately adopted a brighter palette and a bolder attack, and later remarked, “I owe everything to Monticelli, who taught me the chromatics of color. I sometimes think I am really continuing that man.”
  • Artist Quote: “I paint for thirty years from now.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Orchard in Provence, 19th Cen.

Adolphe Monticelli, Orchard in Provence, 19th century


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New Exhibit Demonstrates Japanese Influence on Western Printmaking

UKIYO-E, or “pictures of the floating world”, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. Browse the Park West Gallery Japanese Woodcut Collection >>

Henri Rivière. Funeral Under the Umbrellas.SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI — The Saint Louis Art Museum presents Japonisme in the Graphic Arts, an exhibition of 10 works on paper demonstrating the impact that Japanese color woodblock prints had on Western printmaking in the late 19th century.

Examples by Hiroshige, Sharaku and Utamaro will show influences on subject matter and composition, such as flattened space, high horizon line and abstract patterning. Japonisme in the Graphic Arts will showcase woodcuts, lithographs and etchings by the French, Dutch and American expatriate artists James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rivière and Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition will display Henri Rivière’s color woodblock print Funeral with Umbrellas, a recent acquisition that vividly exemplifies the assimilation of Japanese aesthetics into French printmaking.

Japonisme is currently on view through December 13, 2009.

For more information, please visit www.slam.org

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Artist Birthdays September 18 – ANTON MAUVE

ANTON MAUVE (September 18, 1838February 5, 1888)

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Realism, Hague School
  • ARTiFact: He is best known for his influence on the early work of his cousin-in-law, Vincent van Gogh; in fact, Mauve’s encouragment convinced van Gogh to begin painting in 1882.
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Entering the Fold, 1885-8.

Anton Mauve. Entering the Fold. 1885-8.



There is Nothing More Artistic Than to Love Others

Big Love IX by Simon BullArt is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.”
~ Pablo Picasso

Love is probably the strongest and most fulfilling emotion we will experience and it underlies and informs all our enthusiasms…we, as ordinary beings become transformed for the better by love. We are literally filled with emotion, which engenders a positive outlook and truly engages us with others and the world…”
~ Peter Nixon

“Poetry and painting are done in the same way you make love; it’s an exchange of blood, a total embrace – without caution, without any thought of protecting yourself.”
~ Joan Miro

Rhapsody Love by Csaba Markus“Creativity begins with an affinity for something. It’s like falling in love.”
~ Csaba Markus

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
~ Marc Chagall

“Through art, I want to share a part of myself. I want people to see the love that I put into it.”
~ Marcus Glenn

Love wants to rise, not to be held down by anything base… He who loves flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.”
~ Henri Matisse

Crazy in Love by Alex Gockel“(My work) comes from the love to paint. That’s the love that runs in my blood and is the center of my life.”
~ Itzchak Tarkay

Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it.”
~ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.”
~ Vincent van Gogh