Portrayed woman was a concubine in the harem of one of the kings of the Ottoman dynasty and most probably the king lived between 1860 to 1926 as that’s the lifespan of the French artist, Charles Amable Lenoir, who has depicted this painting. The Ottoman kingdom lasted until 1922, so it is most probable that the woman in the portrait is an actual concubine from the Ottoman harem. The word, Odalisque, originate from Turkish and meant a chambermaid. An Odalisque didn’t necessarily served the king but served the concubines of the king. But, if she has some sort of skill or beauty enough to represent her to the king or make her one of his concubines she could have a ‘promotion’. She could even be […]

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  These are common steps most painters goes through when they are trying to depict a picture. Whether it’s describing a real scene (landscapes, portraits, etc.) or piece from their own imagination (abstract, action, drip paintings), these are essential steps of painting a picture. Although, you can’t escape these steps, not all of them are mandatory in your painting process. It depends on your choice, painting ability or the painting style. So, you are free to paint the way you feel comfortable instead of following some rules. The listed steps are just guidelines. 1. Deciding a Subject This is an obvious step but needs mentioning. Here artist decides what picture he wants to paint, a landscape, a bird or even a pen. The subject could […]

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Painters often times try to capture the everyday event or a particular custom of the society. Here is one of such painting in which the Dutch painter has captured a moment in which a woman, a matchmaker, is approached by a man with money to get what he desires. The old man on the left seems to be the person who has bought the rich man to the lady matchmaker. There are two ways to interpret this painting. But first, lets understand the symbolism. Symbolism The painting has only one element of symbolism, the lute. The lute in matchmaker’s hands indicates love, sex or woman genitals based on the context, theme or subject. Use of Lute in paintings during the Dutch Golden Age was prominent. And it […]

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Fine Wind, Clear Morning is a part of the famous Ukiyo-e painting series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” by the famous Japanese woodblock painter Katsushika Hokusai. It is the same series which is comprises another known Ukiyo-e painting called “The Great Wave of Kanagawa.” The above painting with high-contrast colors stands out the most in the painting series. The red Mount Fuji, which gained this color due to the rising sun, stands tall in the background of the blue, white-clouded sky. The foothill is filled with the jungle, which is black as sunshine has yet to reach the bottom part. The painting displays the nature’s beauty with extravagant colors. Artist has used artificial colors to remind us about the natural beauty. Enjoy the other paintings by the […]

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Patricia’s series of Venuses has become a note-worthy art-pieces for its radical depictions. Sleeping Venus is a similar work by her. Apocalypse Venus is said to be inspired from the classic work Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. If you are familiar with the classic work (and if not, then click the link to see it), you would find the similarities between Venuses in both paintings. Both are posed as the central figure and central theme of the painting. Though, Patricia in her painting, indicating by the title, has took a radical new approach at depicting the goddess, almost taking the subject to the opposite side of the arc. While Botticelli’s work is showing, as title suggests, the birth of the goddess Venus with all the pleasant environment and auspicious […]

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Pieta, as a subject, relays the message of a sorrowful yet pride mother who has lost her son for the sake of humanity and other benevolent causes. The subject mainly became known after the sculpture Pieta by Michelangelo. His Pieta presented Mother Mary carrying lean, weak and dead Jesus in her lap and mourning over his death. Though, the artist intended to represent the delicate scene where Mother Mary is mourning but at the same time can’t regret her son’s death due to the great cause for which he did the ultimate sacrifice. Pieta represents a mother’s dilemma who can’t decide if she should cry for her son’s death or take pride out of it. And this difficult situation, where a mother is forced to […]

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Vincent van Gogh could be said to be one of the first artists whose paintings sold for millions and broke many the records in the art-history. Many of his works were the most expensive paintings at the time of their sell. This list describes his most expensive paintings starting the most expensive one at the beginning. The list is according to the adjusted prices (September, 2014). Also, some readers would find the original selling prices a bit low than other artists like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso or the recent sales like “When Will You Marry?” (current record holder for most expensive painting) or The Card Player by Paul Cezanne and will actually feel like the prices to be lower despite than the Dutch […]

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The subject of ‘Sleeping Venus’ in painting has been around since the Renaissance period. In this art-piece, the American artist, Patricia Watwood has composed the classic subject with refreshing modern aspects and a subtle but strong symbolism. It is another attempt of depicting the popular painting subject in contemporary times as artist in all centuries have tried to do the same according to their own time period, social changes, progression and beliefs. Watwood’s inclusion of technology into the subject could be acclaimed at one of the first. Symbolism of True Love Venus is the goddess of love. The peacock feather earring she is wearing symbolizes the ‘eyes of heaven’, relating to the heavenly connection of the subject matter. The highly sensual depiction of the goddess […]

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Otto Pilny, a swiss artist has depicted this genre painting of middle eastern culture of old times. It depicts a moment of a young arab man picking out his favorite girl from the lot provided by the old man. The scene is taking place in the middle of the arab desert where, after the whole day’s scathing heat, the temperature is soothing to a bearable level and which will soon come down the point of shivering cold when it is the middle of the night. The surrounding objects and people are saying about where this event is taking place. The camels and tents in the middle of the desert indicates them to be vagabonds of the deserts, wandering from one place to another to make […]

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Greyed Rainbow is another excellent Drip Painting by the American artist which brings the combination of powerful grey, black and white over the top of other colors like yellow, orange and blue. Jackson Pollock continues his legacy of Drip Paintings. The painting style is more near to his other paintings like Number 5, 1948, Number 19, 1948, Mural, Convergence and Number 1, 1950 than the stand sorts like The Deep and Number 5 (Elegant Lady) in his reach oeuvre. That shows his exploration of ways of painting in his self-created Drip Paintings. Analysis The base of the painting is a black surface, over which the combination of grey and white is applied. Then, there are also other colors in minority saving it from being a […]

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