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THE WORLD STILL ISN’T READY FOR PICASSO

The World Still Isn't Ready For Picasso Picasso's Women of Algiers (Version O) broke all barriers for the sale price of a painting at auction when it went under the hammer in New York recently, fetching $179m (around £115 million) at Christie’s amid high demand from...

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EASTMAN JOHNSON

Eastman Johnson's paintings and drawings Eastman Johnson was an early American painter who I only came across recently - I like his very natural painting entitled 'Portrait Of A Child' c.1879 (see bottom of page) which was modelled by his daughter Ethel, which you’ll...

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NICHOLAS HILLIARD

Nicholas Hilliard's unusual portraits We've looked at some unusual self-portraits in a previous post, and this one isn't a self-portrait (we actually don't know who the subject is) but it is certainly one of the most unusual portraits you'll come across. It's a tiny...

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UNUSUAL SELF PORTRAITS

A look at some unconventional self-representations in art history Writing a recent post about my new discovery - the Peale family of artists from nineteenth century Massachusetts I came across a striking self portrait by Rembrandt Peale. The main reason it's unusual...

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TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTINGS

The art of Trompe l'œil (paintings which 'deceive the eye') I recently wrote about the Peale family of American late 18th/ early 19th century artists and specifically about one Rembrandt Peale. His father, an illustrious artist and naturalist who named all of his many...

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RUBENS PEALE AND HIS GERANIUM

'Rubens Peale With A Geranium' by Rembrandt Peale, 1802 I love discovering new great paintings that I'd never come across before. Studying art history at university we mostly only covered artists I'd heard of already, with a few exceptions (neglected female artists,...

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GAUGUIN’S ‘NAFEA FAA IPOIPO’

Gauguin becomes the world's new most valuable artist And the new most expensive painting in the world now is: Gauguins's When Will You Marry? (Or Nafea Faa Ipoipo, to give it the original Tahitian title which Gauguin bestowed on it, for authenticity) This painting...

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MODERN SNOWSCAPES

An Icy Blast from Mark Thompson All images reproduced with kind permission of the artist. I'd urge you to visit his website and see them in high resolution to fully appreciate them. To be titled © Mark Thompson http://www.markthompson-artist.com I love Mark Thompson's...

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