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today’s birthday: Martha Washington (1731)

Martha Washington (1731)

Martha Washington was the wife of first US president George Washington. They married in 1759, nearly two years after the death of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. During the American Revolution, she spent winters in army camps with her husband and organized a women’s sewing circle to mend clothes for the troops. Although the title was not coined until after her death, she is considered the first “First Lady” of the US. She is also the only woman whose portrait has appeared on what? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Carl Larsson (1853)

Trapphall i Nationalmuseum i Stockholm med &qu...

Trapphall i Nationalmuseum i Stockholm med “Midvinterblot” av Carl Larsson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carl Larsson (1853)

Larsson was a popular and imaginative Swedish illustrator and painter whose watercolors, particularly of his family and home, became popular worldwide. He is perhaps best known, however, for his last monumental work, Midvinterblot, or “Midwinter Sacrifice,” a large oil painting depicting a scene from Norse mythology. Considered Sweden’s most debated painting, it was commissioned by the National Museum in Stockholm but was rejected by the board upon its completion. Where does it now hang? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828)

Rossetti was a British painter, poet, and founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an association of painters who aimed to combat the shallow conventionalism of academic painting and revive the fidelity to nature and the vivid realistic color that they considered typical of Italian painting before Raphael. Although Rossetti found some financial success as a painter, his lasting reputation rests upon his poetry. What did he have buried with his wife—and later exhumed? More… Discuss

Dvorak – In nature overture op 91 cover by John Constable Paintings, great compositions/performances

Dvorak – In nature overture op 91 cover by John Constable Paintings

today’s holiday: Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2015)

English: Blacks and Whites Pasto Carnival Play...

English: Blacks and Whites Pasto Carnival Players Français : Joueurs du Carnaval des Blancs et Noirs de Pasto en Colombie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2015)

The Carnival of Blacks and Whites, held each year in Pasto, Colombia, is one of the oldest Carnival celebrations in South America. The Carnival officially opens on January 4 with a parade commemorating the arrival in Pasto of the Castañeda family, who are presented as a zany group overburdened with luggage, mattresses, and cooking equipment. The following day is the Day of the Blacks. Using special paints and cosmetics, revelers paint themselves and their friends black. Festivities continue on January 6 with the Day of the Whites, in which white paints and cosmetics are used. More… Discuss

Rare Cezanne Coming to Auction

Rare Cezanne Coming to Auction

A Paul Cezanne painting of a Mediterranean landscape is expected to draw big money at auction in February, according to Christie’s auction house. The late-19th-century work, called Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Chateau d’If, is one of the few Cezanne works available for sale that was painted in his Estaque apartment. Cezanne’s paintings are known for fetching high sums. His painting The Card Players is widely regarded as the most expensive painting ever sold, reportedly costing $250 million. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Claude Monet (1840)

Claude Monet (1840)

A French landscape painter, Monet helped found the Impressionist movement in the late 19th century. In fact, the term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of one of his paintings, Impression: Sunrise. His renowned plein air, or outdoor, paintings capture natural landscapes with accents of sunlight and vibrant colors. To show the effects of changes in light, he often painted the same subject repeatedly, at different times of day and in different seasons. What are some examples? More… Discuss

quotation: The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony op.4: make music part of your life series


Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony op.4

1. Boisterous Bourree 0:00
2. Playful Pizzicato 3:17
3. Sentimental Saraband 6:45
4. Frolicsome Finale 13:07

Filharmonický orchestr Iwasaki / Iwasaki Philharmonic Orchestra Prague
dirigent: Chuhei Iwasaki

recorded XI.2013 in recording studio HAMU, Prague
Recording director: Kristina Štanclová
Recording engeneer: Jaroslav Pokorný

today’s birthday: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606)


Rembrandt van Rijn (1606)

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest European painters. Early on, he displayed an interest in the “spotlight effects” of light and shadow that dominate his later paintings and began the studies of his own face and the more formal self-portraits that make up much of his painted and etched work. After moving to Amsterdam around 1631, he quickly became the city’s most fashionable portrait painter and a popular teacher. However, he went bankrupt in 1656. What had happened to his money? More… Discuss

La prise de la Bastille (Sketch Guru – my art collection)

Prise de la Bastille (MyArtCollection)

Prise de la Bastille (MyArtCollection) 

I sketch this painting with Sketch Guru on my Android phone 🙂 http://bit.ly/sketchguru

After that, I turned to Fast Stone Image Editor to resize, adjust colors and crop…


today’s birthday: Marc Chagall (1887)

Marc Chagall (1887)

Chagall was a Belarusian artist often considered a forerunner of the surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1907 and soon blended elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. His Jewish heritage served as a source of great inspiration to him, and images of Jewish life and folklore and biblical themes frequently feature in his art. He explored a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, etching, tapestry, mosaic, and stained glass. Where can his work be seen? More… Discuss

Kim Richey – A Place Called Home (Studio version) – Paintings by Alexander Mann


Kim Richey – A Place Called Home (Studio version) – Paintings by Alexander Mann

Music : Kim Richey – A Place Called Home (Studio version) . Paintings by Alexander Mann (1853 – 1908, scottish landscape and genre painter) – he was a member of New English Art Club and Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Video by Laurentziu Ro (Romania)

It’s not hard to see anyone who looks at me
Knows I am just a rolling stone
Never landed any place to call my own
To call my own

Well it seems like so long ago
But it really ain’t you know, I started off a crazy kid
Miracle I made it though the things I did
The things I did

Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain or snow
Till then I’ll travel alone
And I’ll make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

I had a chance to settle down, get a job and live in town
Work in some old factory
I never liked the foreman standing over me
Over me

No I rather walk a windy road, rather know the things I know
See the world with my own eye
No regrets, no looking back, no good byes
No good byes

Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain or snow
Till then I’ll travel alone
And I’ll make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

Na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na
Na na na na na ah na
Ah na na na na na

And some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain nor snow
Till then I’ll travel alone
And I make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain nor snow
Dream of a place called home


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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Gachet Sold for $82.5 Million (1990)

Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Gachet Sold for $82.5 Million (1990)

In June 1890, shortly before his death, Vincent Van Gogh created two versions of a painting depicting his doctor, Paul Gachet. The paintings, called Portrait of Dr. Gachet, portray the doctor seated beside a foxglove plant, an extract of which is used to treat heart conditions. In 1990, 100 years after it was first painted, Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito purchased one version of the work for the record sum of $82.5 million. Why did he later say he would have the painting burned? More… Discuss

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Rie Sinclair Island of Loneliness Art – Painter: Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930) Painting: Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)






Rie Sinclair – Island of Loneliness




Ilya Repin, Self-portrait, 1878

Ilya Repin, Self-portrait, 1878 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Art – Painter: Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930)
Painting: Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)








Barge Haulers wading. Oil on canvas. 62 × 97 c...

Barge Haulers wading. Oil on canvas. 62 × 97 cm. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ilya Repin. Apples and Leaves

Ilya Repin. Apples and Leaves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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After working on the Federal Art Project—a US program for the unemployed during the Great Depression—Pollock began developing the abstract, expressive style that made him a symbol of artistic revolt. Influenced by surrealism, Pollock energetically dripped paint in complicated linear patterns onto enormous canvases placed on the floor. Unlike most artists, Pollock was a celebrity during his lifetime, which was cut short by a car crash. Jackson was his middle name. What was his first name? More… Discuss


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Today’s Birthday: SUZANNE VALADON (1865)

Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More…


Today’s Birthday: JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID (1748)

Jacques-Louis David (1748)

The unchallenged painter of the French Revolution, and later the official portraitist to Napoleon, David was the virtual art dictator of France for a generation. His pervasive influence on European art extended beyond painting to determine the course of fashion, interior decoration, and even the development of moral philosophy. Although he was a talented portraitist, David is best known for his paintings of classical, historical, and mythological themes. What are some of his most famous works?More… Discuss


Artbound@KCETArtbound: From Tar Pits: James Griffith’s Petro-Artistic Paintings

Arbound@KCETArtbound: Tar painting

Arbound@KCETArtbound: Tar painting (click to ACCESS STORY)

Red Hibiscus-cubist-max painting (My Paintings Collection) (GIMP Rocks!)

Red Hibiscus-cubist-max painting

Red Hibiscus-cubist-max painting

unemotional (poetic thought by George-B)

unemotional (poetic thought by George-B)

Giving receiver, how have you become?  
Without feelings, a smile’s a grin,
A portrait, a monster, a fake an original,
life dead,

The burning face in the painting is Gioconda’s –

Libria, I Salute you!

disease is the human emotion
Peace come
Burn the painting, burn the book, make anti-art
Unemotional, the world is once  again flat,
Soulless, uninhibited

 I freed the bait from the hook of life
giving it fair chance to fate.

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Le printemps (The Spring) de Botticelli


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This Day in History: Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre. For the next two years, the painting was believed to be lost forever, until it was discovered that former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it by hiding in a closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed. Peruggia was caught after he returned to his native Italy and tried to sell the painting to a gallery owner. What vandalism attempts has the painting survived over the years? More… Discuss

Today in History: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

One of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited 32 silkscreened paintings of Campbell’s soup cans in a California art gallery. The blatantly mundane content of the exhibition ran contrary to the abstract expressionist aesthetic of the time and generated much controversy, establishing Warhol as the leading exponent of the pop art movement. How did the soup cans differ from one another? More… Discuss

BBC Launches_Your Paintings 60,000 Paintings Online_ From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing

BBC Launches_Your Paintings 60,000 Paintings Online_ From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing

BBC Launches_Your Paintings 60,000 Paintings Online_ From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing

This is something to look forward to over the next few days: are you going to be there too?
Source: InfoDocket


Today’s Birthday: Diego Velasquez

Diego Rodriguez de Silva yDiego Velázquez (1599)
The most celebrated painter of the Spanish school, Velázquez was one of the outstanding artists of the 17th century. His early works were mostly religious or genre scenes. After arriving in Madrid in 1623, he painted a portrait of King Philip IV that won him immediate success and an appointment as court painter. Notable among his portraits is his masterpiece, Las Meninas—The Maids of Honor. Why is there debate about who the true subject of the painting is? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Francisco Goya (1746)

Today’s Birthday


Francisco Goya (1746)

Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker whose work profoundly influenced 19th-century European art. He started out designing tapestries for the royal manufactory of Santa Bárbara and was appointed painter to Charles III in 1786. By 1799—under the patronage of Charles IV—he had become Spain’s most successful and fashionable artist. Goya’s works address all aspects of Spanish life, including the political and social turmoil of his day. Why did his art come under the scrutiny of the Inquisition? More… Discuss