• A History of Van Gogh's Starry Night

    7 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    Today, Vincent van Gogh stands as one of the most celebrated artists of the nineteenth century, and his painting, The Starry Night , completed in 1889, is not only one of his most famous works, but also one of the most famous paintings in the world. Yet van Gogh and his beloved painting were not always as famous as they are today. And even today, few people know a great deal about his artistic process. Most are satisfied to know his name and vague 'facts' about his mental health. Despite having gained a small measure of acclaim in the two years preceding his death, van Gogh lived most of...
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  • Wattteau. One of the most brilliant and original artists of the eighteenth century

    Wattteau. One of the most brilliant and original artists of the eighteenth century

    7 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    One of the most brilliant and original artists of the eighteenth century, Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) had an impact on the development of Rococo art in France and throughout Europe lasting well beyond his lifetime. Living only thirty-six years, and plagued by frequent illness, Watteau nonetheless rose from an obscure provincial background to achieve fame in the French capital during the Regency of the duc d'Orléans. His paintings feature figures in aristocratic and theatrical dress in lush imaginary landscapes. Their amorous and wistful encounters create a mood but do not employ narrative...
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