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Balthus at the Met

Balthus, born Balthazar Klossowski, the Count de Rola, spent his childhood in Paris, constantly surrounded by art. Having lived between Berlin and Switzerland during his teenage years, the artist returned to Paris in 1924 to study Old Master paintings at the Louvre. Today, he is best known for his controversial paintings of adolescent girls. While much has been speculated about the artist’s personal life in relation to his work—he was known to date and marry women half his age—Balthus was …

Color Explosion Artist: Robert Delaunay Style: Orphism Genre: abstract painting posted by Lee A&P

Figures in a Garden Artist: Eileen Agar Start Date: 1979 Completion Date:1981 Style: Surrealism Genre: figurative painting Technique: acrylic Material: canvas Gallery: Tate Gallery, London, UK Figures in a Garden was originally exhibited under the title October and later, after some additions were made to the canvas, The Dark Wood. It shows two figures dressed in elaborately decorated masquerade costumes. They stand against a dark leafy background and their brightly coloured bodies are fragmented as though caught in the shadows. Agar had studied art at the Slade School in London before moving to Paris, where she was befriended by the artists Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Henry Moore (1898-1986), Man Ray (1890-1976), the novelist Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) and the poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Two years later she returned to London and was hailed as an important figure by the new Surrealist movement. Her work at that time included collage and sculpture which incorporated found objects. In 1965, Agar began to use acrylic paint. She liked its ease of handling, the speed with which it dried and the fact that it was a new medium. 'After four hundred years of oil painting, I felt artists should move on to something else' she said. 'It was a period of constant experiment, of testing the effects of new pigments, new colour combinations … In acrylics, I had found what I considered to be an ideal medium, and I wanted both to master it and to stretch it.' (Simpson, Gascoyne and Lambirth, p32). In the late 1960s, she was asked to produce ten large canvases for a major retrospective exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute in 1971. She used the opportunity to develop her use of this newly adopted medium. The large colourful canvases were constructed by laying amorphous patches of colour on the canvas in a manner reminiscent of her earlier collages. They played with illusion in much the same way, tricking the eye into seeing more than is placed before it. In his catalogue introduction to the exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute, Roland Penrose (1900-1984), an artist, collector and champion of the Surrealist movement in Britain, noted his reaction to these paintings: "I find that I am led into deep sensations of time and space in some recent paintings where sharply delineated forms hover in darkness so that the blackness that surrounds them is alive in its own right and others where transparent forms with softer edges merge together creating new volumes and a magic sense of depth, a vortex of colour which carries the eye with rhythmic motion into a realm which transcends our limited field of observation". (Chloe Johnson) posted by Lee

I Heart My City: Emilio’s Amsterdam

<b>Emilio Brizzi</b> has been a professional photographer most of his life, and one of his favorite subjects is the city where he lives: Amsterdam. His love for the Dutch capital — from its detailed-oriented architecture and modern take on tradition and history to the laid-back independence of its …

I Heart My City: Booker’s New York City

Traveler of the Year <b>Booker Mitchell</b> was close to celebrating his fourth birthday when 9/11 happened. “Millions call New York City home, and while no one personally knows even a percentage of the population, we unite at times when it matters most and act locally like any other small town in the …

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Surf's Up! Awesome Big Wave Photos

Dungeons, South Africa's famous big-wave spot, awakened in August, sending daredevil surfers out to try their luck. See photos of surfers taking on …

Artist: Wilk Emilia - oil on canvas Posted by Lara

Job Artist: Alphonse Mucha Completion Date: 1896 Style: Art Nouveau (Modern) Genre: poster Technique: lithography Dimensions: 59 x 173 cm posted by Lee

Italian photographer Alberto Seveso’s beautiful series entitled Dropping

Cyclothymia (2013) Digital Collage 

<i>Cyclothymia</i> (2013) Digital Collage

Michigan-based visual artist Yuni Kim Lang’s large-scale hair installations. 

Figure through flowers Artist: Grace Cossington Smith Completion Date: 1935 Style: Post-Impressionism posted by Lee A&P

Woman Carrying a Child Downstairs Artist: Rembrandt Completion Date: 1636 Style: Baroque posted by Lee A&P

Fast Sketch Fashion Design - Wavy High Heel

Lady with Fan Artist: Gustav Klimt Start Date: 1917 Completion Date:1918 Style: Japonism, Art Nouveau (Modern) Period: Late works Genre: portrait Technique: oil Material: canvas posted by Lee A&P

Artist : Carl Whitfield © Posted by Humam

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