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Called sometimes as “The Dutch Mona Lisa”, Girl with a Pearl Earring is history’s one of the most famous paintings which even provoked a novel, a movie and a play with the same name.  There are many – real or made up – notions stating the girl in the painting is Vermeer’s daughter, maid or his commissioner’s daughter. Though, the theory that she is Vermeer’s maid has caught up in the general public as it was mentioned in the novel published in 1999. Real and solid evidences are yet to find out. Whoever she could be, but her grace, gaze and the painting’s focal point – the pearl earring – have made it unique and attractive for any viewer. Her simple posture, clothes and normal […]

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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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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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The young girl looks like she has been brought to sit on the chair while she was playing in a dusty playground. The innocence, the carelessness and the playfulness of a child is finely depicted in the current portrait of a young tomboyish girl. Alexei Harlamoff  has prominently focused on the girl’s face as we see the natural innocence in the girl’s chubby face and the big eyes. She is looking in vain which makes us more to think about the thoughts she is thinking about. What runs into a child’s mind? Moreover, the deliberate color strokes to create dirty look puts us into the playground of any child. By looking at her we can imagine that she is straightly coming from a playground where her hairs got […]

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The gloomy artist Vincent Van Gogh was, the gloomier paintings he created. The Night Café, at first sight seems to be a casual scene of a night café but as we examine every part and object of the painting, we come to understand that this rather light painting has dark faces situated in it. Theme of the Painting The central figure being an old man gazing at the viewer with pale, sick face has a poor appearance. The couple on left side seems to be lost in themselves. The lonely figure beside them seems unenthusiastic about everything with his posture. On the lower right corner, the two guys also aren’t having the best buddy-time as one has lifted his hand to his forehead – a […]

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This fine work of art was drawn by an adept English-Irish artist Stephen Catterson Smith. He was born in 1806 in North Yorkshire, England.  He was a distinguished artist, who drew outstanding paintings of royal family of England. The represented painting is an oil-on-panel work. It’s a fine depiction of Queen Victoria of England at the age of 9. Look at the delicacy of her body. Her style of standing with a certain grace makes her more attractive and innocent. The big hat covering the whole face from backside distinguishes the beauty of the face from the rest of the picture. The red straps on her dress’ shoulders, which seem like little roses, are hinting the tenderness of the little girl. We can see her […]

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After his mental breakdown in December 1888, Vincent Van Gogh went under treatments at various clinics including a Hospital in Arles and the Asylum of Saint Remy. But, before his death he was taking aid under a physician Dr Paul Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise for which he moved near Paul Gachet’s in Auvers. It was sold for $ 82.5 million in 1990 equivalent around $ 140 million in today’s price-rate. Thus, it became the World’s Most Expensive Painting at the time and is still the highest price paid for art at a public auction. Most of the final paintings by Van Gogh have become spectacularly precious and highly-wanted. As if people want to buy those paintings to collect the last memories of the artist. His first impression […]

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Sold for $ 59.3 million in 1987 breaking the record for highest price for a painting at the time, The Irises was initially a study of flowers. It was accomplished by the artist during his stay in the asylum of Saint Remy. He was moved there after getting treated for his mental illness at the hospital of Arles. We can see that the majority of collectors are more interested in those paintings which were produced while van Gogh was mentally ill and was taking treatment. Van Gogh personally called this painting ‘the lightning conductor for my illness’. He believed that during his mental illness painting was a life-support to not break down once again. Thus, he kept painting and produced one of the major works during […]

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American painter John Quidor has depicted a famous scene from the short story collection The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. The story is about a girl who is sought by two men. The ill-hearted person doesn’t get the girl at the end and on the return to his hometown, he gets persuaded by a ghost of a headless horseman in the haunted jungle on the road. The painting above is the representation of the moment when the person sees the headless horseman for the first time, gets frightened by the sight and tries to pace away on his horse. The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane Analysis The physical size of the canvas is near to 3 x 2 feet. The large canvas allows […]

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“You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labor and — that they have thus honestly earned their food. I wanted it to give the idea of a wholly different way of life from ours — civilized people. So I certainly don’t want everyone just to admire it or approve of it without knowing why.” This statement by Vincent van Gogh clarifies his intentions to draw the painting and can’t be interpreted more correctly. To portray this scene he did years of research […]

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