Salvatore Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci

Salvatore Mundi1500High RenaissanceOil on wood panelLouvre, Abu Dhabi, UAE It is probable that Salvatore Mundi was commissioned by King Louis XVII of France following his 1499 conquest of Milan. The painting portrays Christ in the role of saviour of the world and master of the cosmos. To reflect this da Vinci uses such as the … Continue reading Salvatore Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci

El Khasné, Petra by Frederic Edwin Church

El Khasné, Petra1874RomanticismOil on canvasOlana State Historic Site, New York Church created several paintings following his travels across the Middle East during late 1860s and early 1870s. Capturing the vista of El Khasné in a dramatic glimpse of the neoclassical columns Petra emerging from the towering dark avenues of stone the revelation of the façade … Continue reading El Khasné, Petra by Frederic Edwin Church

I Am My Own Muse

Artist: Frida Kahlo Born: 6 July 1907, Mexico City, Mexico Nationality: Mexican Movement: Naïve art, Modern art, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Symbolism, Naturalism, Primitivism, Social realism, Cubism Died: 13 July 1954, Mexico City, Mexico...

Cypress Tree

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 1 Paint that spirals from the brush tells a taleFrom his eye the image his holy grailAs the turbulent clouds churn up the skyThe golden heads of wheat quiver and callTo where the shady green cypress trees sighOf an artist’s longing in the landscapeAnd he walks for miles to find nature’s viewWithin … Continue reading Cypress Tree

Beginnings by Kenneth Noland

Beginnings1958Colour field PaintingMagna on canvasHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA Beginnings, on a perfectly square canvas, Noland places concentric circles, thus marking the artist’s first attempts at basic forms and archetypal patterns. The circles are slightly irregular which may or may not have been intentional in its effect. The colours complement or contrast … Continue reading Beginnings by Kenneth Noland

Dada Bowl by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Dada Bowl1916DadaVarnished/Lacquered WoodMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA With this almost-minimal object of turned wood Taeuber-Arp demonstrates the possibilities of infusing a functional every day thing with a radical aesthetic. Using the nascent Dada strategy she attacks the bourgeois sensibilities of the corrupt world to the decorative arts. The Dada Bowl straddles boundaries. It … Continue reading Dada Bowl by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Repeat and Reverse by Josef Albers

Repeat and Reverse1963BauhausStainless steel on concreteArt and Architecture Building, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Albers created the Repeat and Reverse sculpture at the request of Paul Rudolph, the architect of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University. Albers used a simple arrangement of steel bars to produce a three-dimensional illusion of planes that seemingly … Continue reading Repeat and Reverse by Josef Albers

White Sails

Form: Italian Octave 2 The masts chatter casually on the breezeFrom where there have been to where they will goThe trials and tribulations that flowAnd how the ever-changing tides at easeAs the weather-worn hands tack to the windTo follow the stars to a distant landThe white sails on the course he had plannedAns time shines … Continue reading White Sails

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 19361936Modern PhotographyGelatin silver printCollection of Museum of the City of New York, New York, New York, USA The focus on the façade of the Exchange Court Building appears to define the space in-between the Adams Building and the North American Building. Abbot captured the narrow … Continue reading Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Nightview, New York by Berenice Abbott

Nightview, New York1932SurrealismGelatin silver printCollection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA In this 1932 photograph by Abbott the white lights in the buildings and headlights of cars contrast starkly with the solid structures of the buildings that dominate the city. Abbot captured New York at night as a representation of the … Continue reading Nightview, New York by Berenice Abbott

Roadsign, Route 1, Maine by Berenice Abbott

Roadsign, Route 1, Maine1954Modern PhotographyVintage gelatin silver printCollection of Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse, New York, USA A lone male figure walking down the middle of a two-lane highway as though he owns the road in Maine, USA. Situated in the middle ground of the picture Abbott used to clear grey light to tie the … Continue reading Roadsign, Route 1, Maine by Berenice Abbott

Revolving Torsion Fountain by Naum Gabo

Revolving Torsion Fountain1972-3Kinetic ArtStainless SteelSt Thomas's Hospital, London, UK A public artwork, elegantly constructed from curved, stainless steel plates, Revolving Torsion represents the culmination of Kinetic art first explored over 50 years earlier by Gabo’s Kinetic Construction. The central abstract form makes a full rotation every ten minutes as water plumes emerge with various pressure … Continue reading Revolving Torsion Fountain by Naum Gabo

Winter Timber by David Hockney

Winter Timber2009British ArtOil on 15 canvassesGuggenheim, Bilbao, Spain Many of Hockney’s most renowned works were inspired by photographs, however, ‘Winter Timber’ was painted in front of the motif, at the corner of an old Roman road in Yorkshire. The purple palette generated a contemporary landscape and an eternal, almost like a computer-generated illusion of a … Continue reading Winter Timber by David Hockney

Mama, Papa is Wounded! By Yves Tanguy

Mama, Papa is Wounded!1927SurrealismOil on CanvasMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA The vast space, pale palette, and dark shadows cast by airborne objects in the eerie light evoke a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Typical of the correlation between words and images in Surrealism, the title does nothing to clarify the meaning of the work, in fact … Continue reading Mama, Papa is Wounded! By Yves Tanguy

William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River by Thomas Eakins

William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River1876-77RealismOil on CanvasCollection of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA The painting depicts Philadelphian sculptor and ship carver, William Rush, in his studio as he carves a female figure based on the woman posing in the foreground. A woman sits, knitting, as she serves as … Continue reading William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River by Thomas Eakins

Noses and Ears, Etc.: The Gemini Series: Profile with Ear and Nose by John Baldessari

Noses and Ears, Etc.: The Gemini Series: Profile with Ear and Nose2006Conceptual ArtScreen print on paper mounted on Sintra with hand painting. © John BaldessariNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia Baldessari exposes an isolated nose and ear on a profile in silhouette in this piece. He views the anatomical elements of the individual organs, rather … Continue reading Noses and Ears, Etc.: The Gemini Series: Profile with Ear and Nose by John Baldessari

Viewing Matters: Upstairs by Hans Haacke

Viewing Matters: Upstairs1996Conceptual Art, Institutional CritiqueInstallation and storage props (lather, drill, toll box, crates, etc)Collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Netherlands Both a curated exhibition and an installation, Haacke juxtaposes works from the collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum to create new relations between them. In seemingly iconoclastic manner he mixed works from … Continue reading Viewing Matters: Upstairs by Hans Haacke

The American Dream I by Robert Indiana

The American Dream I1961Abstract ArtOil on canvasMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA The American Dream I is four circles depicted in two rows of two. Each circle contains the common elements of Indiana’s paintings, including stars, text, and numbers. Indiana’s characteristic use of stencils to create text and numbers in bold colours is also … Continue reading The American Dream I by Robert Indiana

La Fornarina and Raphael by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

La Fornarina and Raphael1814Neo-ClassicismOil on canvasHarvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Massachusetts, USA Conceived as part of a series of paintings illustrating the life of Ingres’ idol, Raphael, La Fornarina depicts the Renaissance master in the arms of his mistress. Ultimately Ingres abandoned the project, however he painted five or six versions of this scene, showcasing both … Continue reading La Fornarina and Raphael by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes) by Frida Kahlo

Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes)1951Naïve artOil on boardLos Angeles County Museum of Art, USA Weeping Coconuts is exemplary of the late work by Kahlo. She is best known for her psychological portraiture but she painted still life throughout her career. She created paintings of fresh fruits and vegetable produce as well as Mexican objects in her … Continue reading Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes) by Frida Kahlo

I Am Making Art by John Baldessari

I Am Making Art1971Conceptual ArtPerformance video https://youtu.be/u4YJfGmtAH8 In this video, Baldessari makes several arm movements reciting the phrase ‘I am making art’ after each movement. Baldessari, always aware of the power of choice in artistic practice such as choosing to paint something red and not blue or green, is carefully associating his arm movements with … Continue reading I Am Making Art by John Baldessari

View of the Kremlin from the Krymsky Bridge in Inclement Weather by Alexei Savrasov

View of the Kremlin from the Krymsky Bridge in Inclement Weather1851RealismOil on canvasTretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia One of the first of Savrasov’s paintings after he left art school View of the Kremlin from Krymsky Bridge during Inclement Weather depicts storm clouds, pushed relentlessly by strong winds, rushing from right to left. The same winds have … Continue reading View of the Kremlin from the Krymsky Bridge in Inclement Weather by Alexei Savrasov

Kinetic Construction (Standing Wave) by Naum Gabo

Kinetic Construction (Standing Wave)1920Kinetic ArtMetal, wood and electric motorTate, London, UK A simple construction of a steel rod affixed to a wooden base, but when an electric motor sets it in motion the oscillations generate a complex image of a freestanding, twisting wave. Kinetic Construction was the first motorizes sculpture by Gabo and demonstrated his … Continue reading Kinetic Construction (Standing Wave) by Naum Gabo

Flower Geometry by Marcel Janco

Flower Geometry1917ExpressionismPainted Plaster ReliefPrivate Collection Janco answered Tzara’s call for artists to create directly in the media of stone, wood and iron with this abstract plaster relief. He creates tension by juxtaposing Cubist elements with Expressionist elements. The irreconcilable contradictions of Dada, the meeting of geometry and nature, breaking down the traditions of fine art. … Continue reading Flower Geometry by Marcel Janco

Untitled by Cindy Sherman

Untitled2004The Pictures GenerationColour photographMetro Pictures Posing as a sad clown, Sherman is wearing elaborate make-up and costumes. Positioning herself in front of digitally manipulated backgrounds she explores the clown character extremes with intense yet superficial humour. Set up as a glamour shot the photograph focuses on the face of the clown as its character stares … Continue reading Untitled by Cindy Sherman

Serenity Through the Significance of Ideas

FauvismStarted: 1899Ended: 1908 Luxe, Calme et Volupte by Henri Matisse, 1904. Oil on canvas. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France The first movement in modern art of the 20th century, the examples of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, and Georges Seurat inspired Fauvism. A loosely allied group of French painters with shared interests … Continue reading Serenity Through the Significance of Ideas