Happy birthday Mary Cassatt! #otd in 1844, Mary was born into a well-to-do family in Pennsylvania. At sixteen, Mary told her father that she'd be going to school for art. His response was, I'd rather see you dead first. Not long after, she started at the best art school in Philadelphia. But it ended up bogus. The school taught her at a slower, remedial pace because of the composition of her sexual organs. Blocking her altogether out of the nude study courses. Certainly, seeing nude figures would have been utterly scandalous for her lady eyes. Driven her mad, even. Well, it did drive her mad, with a hate fire for the bullsh*t of the patriarchy. She went back to her parents and reiterated that she would study art, not pretend to do so. Thus, she went to free-wheeling France. Wonder what happened in France? Click the link in our bio!
We know you're all excited for the new Twin Peaks episode tonight, but this is not Laura Palmer. This is Camille Doncieux, Claude Monet's wife. When she died at the early age of 32, Monet described his morbid fascination with the play of light and color on her body as, “the obsession, the joy, the torment of my days.” Very creepy. Monet met Camille Doncieux when she was a teenage model posing for his painting The Picnic. She was an attractive woman with beautiful, sad eyes and was quite sought-after in the Impressionist circle, painted by such artists as Pierre Auguste Renoir. Camille was immensely chic, and Monet’s paintings made her something of a fashion icon. Even her death shroud is stylish! She was soon hailed as the “Queen of Paris.”
We love this Dale Cooper Magritte mash-up by Rinaldo Zoontjes! Also, we're 100% sure Magritte would've loved Twin Peaks. Like David Lynch, Magritte loved to make his audience feel like they were tripping, especially by combining elements that are not normally found together. In fact, the less the objects in a painting make sense together, the better for tricky René, who wants to get an emotional reaction from us by freaking us out. We may not be allowed to see this Dale's face (what a shame) but if you notice the book on the mantle, it's the only thing properly reflected in the mirror. In the original painting, it's a work by Edgar Allen Poe, one of Magritte's favorite authors. Does it have special significance to the painting? Perhaps. The novel's about an explorer who travels to the South Pole, and throughout the book he tries to convince the reader that he is a real person and that he's the true author, rather than Poe. So a book about something that isn't what it seems to be? Just like a mirror that isn't really a mirror, but just the impression of one.
Professional party crasher and photo bomber Bill Murray makes even Warhol's parties a tad cooler. In 1975 Bill crashed one of Andy's parties, held in New York's abandoned 57th street subway station. This was possibly THE biggest party in NYC, impossible to get in. But Bill got in anyway. “I said to Andy Warhol 'I love the soup can' and he looked at me like 'You don't belong here.' What a time that was.” You said it Bill!
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Last one of these, promise! But we couldn't leave out the biggest influencer of all: Vincent van Gogh! We are always so impressed with the artistic skills of graduates (whether you're majoring in the arts or not) and after some extensive stalking wanted to share their talents with you! Congratulations class of 2017!
Frida Kahlo wasn't the only inspiration for this years graduates. Here are more caps inspired by Edward Munch, Piet Mondrian, and Jackson Pollock! We are always so impressed with the artistic skills of graduates (whether you're majoring in the arts or not) and after some extensive stalking wanted to share their talents with you! Congratulations class of 2017!
We are always so impressed with the artistic skills of graduates (whether you're majoring in the arts or not) and after some extensive stalking wanted to share their talents with you! Congratulations class of 2017!
It is International Museum Day! That's why we will share some of our favorites around the world with you today. Last one on our list is Sao Paulo Museum of Art. Even if you are not the biggest art fanatic or museums simply bore you, you might want to make an exception when it comes to São Paulo. First of all, the construction of this museum is seriously awesome. Designed by architect Lina Bo Bardi, this building is considered a symbol of modern Brazilian architecture. It is suspended in the air, held up by two lateral beams, and boy does it look cool. The collection inside is just as impressive as the structure that houses it. The museum is internationally recognized for its collection of European art, often regarded as the finest in the Southern Hemisphere. In an attempt to get sufficient funding from donors to acquire such a vast collection, the museum resorted to some pretty bold methods of persuasion. They held banquets and even public parades through the city every time someone coughed up a substantial sum or renowned piece of art. Very Brazilian of them, no?
It is International Museum Day! That's why we will share some of our favorites around the world with you today. Fourth on our list is the Toyama Museum of Modern Art. The museum opened on the coast of Japan in 1981, and has since accumulated works which are recognized as masterpieces by both Toyama and the whole world. So you get the location-specific goodness of Japanese art along with the output of globally recognized artists. There’s a permanent exhibition dedicated to Toyama’s very own poet and art critic, Mr. Shuzo Takiguchi, who even gets meta discussing the construction of this very museum. And then there’s the permanent collection stocked with works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and even carries Marcel Duchamp’s semen sample! There’s also a space dedicated to design work, featuring cool furniture and a one-off poster collection. In fact, the museum has been sponsoring the World Poster Triennale Toyama international poster competition since 1985, and the winning works have been augmenting the permanent collection thereafter. These posters are so ridiculously great to look at, they might even outdo the fine arts collection.