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...

A Bigger Message by David Hockney

A Bigger Message2010British ArtOil on 30 canvasesThe David Hockney Foundation " A Bigger Message is the culmination of a series of works by Hockney inspired by Claude Lorrain’s the Sermon on the Mount (1656). Hockney spent three weeks digitally cleaning the original painting on his computer, a process that enabled him to get know the … Continue reading A Bigger Message by David Hockney

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

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

Villa Jean Fuchs by Marcel Janco

Villa Jean Fuchs1927-29Cubism, ConstructivismResidential Building27 Negustori Street, Bucharest, Romania This Janco-designed villa was the first modernist residential building in Bucharest. It primarily featured flat, clean, white facades, free of unnecessary decorative element s on the exterior, and light-filled interior spaces. Movement between exterior and interior spaces was defined through a smooth system of terraces and … Continue reading Villa Jean Fuchs by Marcel Janco

Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph by Rembrandt

Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph1656Baroque, Dutch Golden AgeOil on canvasLocation: Schloss Wilhelmshone, Kassel, Hesse, Germany Rembrandt’s biblical paintings are cited as his most masterful work and in this scene we see Joseph, as a chief advisor to the Pharaoh, bringing his sons to Jacob’s, his father, deathbed to receive the family blessing. Ostensibly guided … Continue reading Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph by Rembrandt

The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins

The Agnew Clinic1889RealismOil on canvasCollection of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Dr. Agnew stands at the edge of the operating arena overseeing a mastectomy performed by three doctors. Behind them a nurse stands waiting to assist with the procedure. Seated medical students watch the operation. The white clothing of the doctors and the sheets … Continue reading The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins

Harran II by Frank Stella

Harran II1967Abstract ExpressionismPolymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvasSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA In his explorative work Stella worked in series, developing increasingly complicated variations on a selected theme. Harran II is part of his Protractor series, and Stella uses a vibrant palette and a composition of rectangular shapes superimposed on curving and … Continue reading Harran II by Frank Stella

Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith1978Straight PhotographyGelatin Silver PrintLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angles, USA In an everyday home setting, Patti Smith cuts her hair ceremoniously. Facing the camera and staring directly into the lens she is uninhibited by the camera’s gaze. Likewise the cat, perched nonchalantly, echoes the stare into the lens. Mapplethorpe captures Smith’s essence … Continue reading Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

Rainstorm over the Sea by John Constable

Rainstorm over the sea1824-28Romanticism, LandscapeOil on paper laid on canvasLocation: Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK Rainstorm over the Sea is an oil sketch of Brighton Beach quickly painted to capture the turbulent feel of the advancing storm. It diverges from the strict documentation and accuracy of Constable’s earlier work and his paint surface is … Continue reading Rainstorm over the Sea by John Constable

Self Portrait as a Young Girl by Claude Cahun

Self Portrait as a Young Girl1914Modern PhotographyPhotographic printJersey Heritage, St Helier, Jersey One of the earliest known self-portraits by Cahun, the photograph displays an intensely, penetrating stare. The artist’s head is seemingly disembodied, suggesting an imbalance between head and body as though the head is too heavy making the body redundant. The abundant flowing hair … Continue reading Self Portrait as a Young Girl by Claude Cahun

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Dorothea Tanning

A relatively early work by Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is painted with figurative perfection and a looseness to Surrealists themes. Inspired by the Mozart’s composition of the same title the setting is a hallway of a large house or a hotel. The painting is a dreamy image of two young girls, one who has found a giant sunflower and the other with eyes closed holding one of the petals. Three doors are firmly closed whilst one is cracked to reveal a bright light...

Dedham Vale by John Constable

One of Constable’s first major paintings created when he was twenty-six between the end of the French revolutionary wars and the beginning of the Napoleonic wars. The tranquillity of the painting belies the wider political turmoil. Whilst Constable’s techniques were not yet fully developed the painting demonstrates his commitment to the close observation of nature. The viewer’s eye is led across the painting from the foreground along the river to the distant focal point of the distant tower of Dedham church.

Germania by Hans Haacke

Haacke invented modern activism as a political device for conceptual artists. Intervening through the space of a gallery or a museum his work decries the influence of corporations on society and the hypocrisy of liberal institutions that accept sponsorship from aggressive and conservative capitalists. His work challenges artwashing’s diversion from harmful practices of business es engaging in philanthropic engagement with art...