Baldassare Castiglione by Raphael

In 37 prolific years, Raphael’s passionate style blazed a trail of painting throughout the Italian high Renaissance. His skill in presenting his lust for life on to canvas translated into ideals of beauty were breathtakingly new. Raphael is considered to one of the holy trinity of master artists of the Renaissance, along with Da Vinci and Michelangelo...

Danae by Rembrandt

Rembrandt’s life and work were fuelled by an intense psychological study of people, objects, and their surroundings and a strong Christian devotion. Incredibly gifted, Rembrandt became a master of portraiture, historical, mythological, and biblical sense from a very young age. His techniques and use of materials was sensitive and spontaneous. His everchanging approach to colour, composition, and shadow produced powerfully moving and natural moments of the human existence. His mastery of light and texture emphasized emotional depth weaved a common theme through all his work confirming his status as one of art’s greatest and innovative masters...

Tempête en Jaune (Tempest in Yellow) by Dorothea Tanning

Art permeates through Tanning’s life; not only has her work become worthwhile art, her presence transformed photographs to make them more artistic. The spirals of energy that followed her as a person is also found in her brushstrokes. Her work evolved into abstraction and sculpture. The fold lines of fabric, linking the different phases, as cloth transforms depiction to media. In later years, she emerged as poet...

Untitled by Dora Maar

Maar was a talented photographer and made work that developed quickly from an acute poetic realism to Surrealist manipulations. She made images out of her own emotional interior and her desire to escape from it. Maar abandoned photography because Picasso insisted photographers were painters waiting to be released. Between 1935-45 she was in love with Picasso and became a muse for other artists as well as practicing painter herself. Maar suffered a breakdown after separating from Picasso and recovered through the help of Jacques Lacan, the famous psychiatrist. She moved from Paris to rural Provence and in later life painted abstract landscapes and melancholic still life. A recluse, she became a devoted Catholic. Living in the shadow of Picasso she never returned to photography, the medium which exulted her exquisite and unusual talent...

Vega III by Victor Vasarely

Vasarely’s work provides some of the most distinctive images and optical effects of the 20th century. He steered a unique course, combining virtuosic technical precision and geometrical effects. His work speaks quintessential with the concern of what is the difference between what we can see and what is really there...

Easter Morning by Maurice Denis

Unique amongst the avant-garde painters of the late 19th century, Denis combined commitment to formal and stylistic innovation with an equally profound sense of tradition in art, culture, and religion. His bright and vibrant paintings express a commitment to abstraction and a reliance on the inner life of the soul. Unlike his peers Denis a soul shaped by his faith which would also lead to activities such as church renovation and altarpiece design...

Barge Haulers on the Volga by Ilya Repin

One of the foremost advocates of naturalistic representation from any artistic era Repin defined essence of Russian Realism. From the humble beginnings of his birth he became an artist of bedazzling skill and insight, creating technically skilled work which conveyed a deep sensitivity to human emotion and suffering, and to historical and political events. Repin was committed to the spirit of the peasant class of his roots which allowed his art to be a humane social commentary. Despite being highly critical of Tsarist oppression his work brought him fame within state institutions. It is perhaps ironic that as an adopted patriarch of drab Social Realism the power of his work resonates much further than that milieu or any narrow context....

A 19 by László Moholy-Nagy

Maholy-Nagy was a painter, photographer, and a professor at the Bauhaus school. He was influenced by constructivism and an advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts. He collaborated works with other artists, including Lucia Maholy (his first wife), Marcek Breuer, Herbert Bayer, and Walter Gropius. However, his greatest accomplishment is the School of Design in Chicago, which is now part of the Illinois Institute of Technology...

Vitra Fire Station by Zaha Hadid

Hadid was an architect and the first woman to receive the acclaimed Pritzker Architecture Award. She received the prestigious Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2010 and 2011. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2012 for services to architecture. Hadid is the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects...

La Donna Velata by Raphael

In 37 prolific years, Raphael’s passionate style blazed a trail of painting throughout the Italian high Renaissance. His skill in presenting his lust for life on to canvas translated into ideals of beauty were breathtakingly new. Raphael is considered to one of the holy trinity of master artists of the Renaissance, along with Da Vinci and Michelangelo...

Winter, Gathering Firewood by Natalia Goncharova

Goncharova was an avant-garde artist, painter, writer, costume designer, set designer, and illustrator. Her lifelong partner was the fellow avant-garde artist Mikhail Larionov with whom she invented Rayonism. She was also a member of the German art movement Der Blaue Reiter. She moved to Paris in 1921 where she lived until her death. Her work profoundly influenced the Russian avant-garde...

Yellow Islands by Jackson Pollock

Pollock’s reputation as a pre-eminent Abstract Expressionist artist has endured long after his death. In the late 1940s he began to produce the famous drip paintings that represent one of the most original bodies of work of the 20th century with suggestions of the life force of nature and evoking Man’s entrapment in the body, in anxiety, and in the modern world...