Art History

Nazi Plunder

Nazi Plunder

During World War II, the Nazi party stole thousands of pieces of European artwork and other items of cultural significance. Some were destroyed, but after the war, many treasures were recovered by the Allies’ Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program …[Continue]

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8,1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist recognized after his death for his use of colors and as a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. He was contemporary of Vincent Van Gogh, and his work …[Continue]

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Born October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso became the defining artist of the twentieth century. As I learned about his life, I was struck by the observation that Picasso was blessed with parents who recognized his gift at …[Continue]

Cubism

Cubism

Cubism was an influential art movement of the early twentieth century, started by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque between the years of 1907 and 1914. It is considered the first abstract style of modern art, as it abandoned perspective and …[Continue]

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a French painter who inadvertently named Impressionism, when a title was quickly needed for one of his paintings in an 1874 exhibition. Monet named it simply “Impression” but the show’s …[Continue]

Renoir

Renoir

The French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was an important member of the Impressionist movement of the nineteenth century. His large body of work includes many portraits of children and women in lively social situations. “Why shouldn’t art be pretty?” Renoir …[Continue]

M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch illustrator known for his optical illusions, tessellated repeating patterns, and intricately detailed black-and-white images illustrating mathematical principals. View his work, and learn more, at the following M.C. Escher sites….[Continue]

Renaissance

Renaissance

During the Middle Ages (a period of European history which began in the fifth century) art and learning was centered on theology. But at the start of the fourteenth century, thinkers and artists turned their eye toward humanity. This cultural …[Continue]

Rembrandt

Rembrandt

Next year is the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth on July 15, 1606. Because Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is revered as Holland’s greatest and most prolific baroque artist, Dutch museums are already starting to celebrate. Rembrandt is credited with 600 …[Continue]

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter. Although today he is highly regarded, during his lifetime he received little recognition and only sold one painting. His sunflower series may be his most popular work, but he was prolific, …[Continue]