Roy Lichtenstein and the Dichotomy of Commercial Art and High Art.

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During the 1950s and 1960s, Abstract Expressionism sought new ways to explore the emotional and the spiritual through splatters of paint and non-figurative shapes. It began as a question of what can define art.  Pop Art arose as a new voice to this debate. Instead of artists bearing their souls in extreme abstraction, Pop artists sought to recreate the mundane. … Read More

Gustave Loiseau: A Man of All Seasons

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Gustave Loiseau

Gustave Loiseau had a passion for the seasons. He would often paint the same setting during different times of year to capture change. Every individual work showcased the beauty of both the landscape and the season. This painting, “La Seine a Rouen”, is a wonderful example of a subject he painted in different seasons.  It is a peaceful setting, full … Read More

Censorship, Art and Social Media

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Art has often been at the center of controversy. Nudity has been at the heart of such issues with the ongoing debate about what defines art vs porn.  As art is becoming more readily available on social media platforms such as Facebook, it raises the question of where the line should be drawn. Social media has become an important research source … Read More

Epitome of Grace: Fauve Painter Albert Marquet

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The work of Albert Marquet is characterized by delicate and flowing brushwork. Considered to be one of the iconic members of the Fauvists, the majority of Marquet’s paintings were not the bright and bold colors associated with the movement. Instead, he favored colors related to water and harbors – blues, greens, and grays. As a young man, Marquet studied under … Read More

Collecting Abstract Expressionism

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Abstract Expressionism is a vast and inclusive genre. What sets it apart is not color or technique but intent. The Abstract Expressionists sought to convey spontaneity and raw emotion through abstraction. Many viewed art as ascension to something deeper and more spiritual. Folk lore and the primitive unconscious are often cited as sources of inspiration. From Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings … Read More

Moise Kisling: A New Point of View

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Artist Moise Kisling

The art of Moise Kisling is striking. Kisling took elements of some of the most prevalent Modern art movements and married them in fascinating ways. Landscapes are similar to Modern art movements such as Fauvism and the Impressionists. Like those movements, Kisling utilized bright, bold colors and captures the essence of the scene, not a simple recreation of real life. … Read More