Franz Xaver Winterhalter Detail of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, 1865, oil on canvas, Hofburg, Vienna. Franz Xaver Winterhalter was German academic classical painter & printmaker, known for his po...

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The Arnolfini Portrait (1434), by Jan van Eyck This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. Arnolfini was a member of a merchant family from Lucca living in Bruges. The couple are shown in a well-appointed interior. The ornate Latin signature translates as ‘Jan van Eyck was here 1434’. The s...

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Remedios Varo Creación de las aves 1957 Oil on masonite ___ Remedios Varo portrays the three ingredients necessary for the origin of life: matter, made up of complex molecules that scientists have determined were formed by stellar fusion, deep in the interiors of stars, thus her stardust becomes paint pigment; energy, the gift of suns, beaming from the star through the magnifying glass and onto the page; and organization, the anti-entropy principle, represented by the Owl Woman’s cardio-vi...

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Christine Fontenot Joyous, 2009, oil on canvas. Christine’s paintings explore the depths of her chromatic obsession, using realism as a vehicle to satisfy an inner perfectionist through continuous improvement of technical skill and artistic expression. She loves the endless depth of color that can be achieved with oil paint. Using the under-painting and glazing process allows her to properly illuminate each hue.

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Henry Moore by Henry MooreOil on canvas laid on board 23 in. x 19 1/8 in. (585 mm x 487 mm) ___ This is a rare and otherwise undocumented self-portrait by a painter known for vivid seascapes, in which he presents himself in the character of vagabond artist or perhaps muleteer. It was presumably executed in Moore’s youth, before he acquired the thick dark beard seen in photographs, and possibly during or after his visits to France and Switzerland in the mid-1850s. Only the features are carefull...

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Jehan Georges Vibert (1840-1902)The SerenadeOil on canvas37.5 x 46 cm(14.76" x 18.11")Private collection

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The Laundress, 1884 - 1886, oil on canvas, 93 x 75 cm, Paris, private collection. Upon seeing a mysterious, untamed young woman with glowing red hair while exiting a restaurant somewhere on the streets of Paris about the year 1884, Toulouse-Lautrec exclaimed to his friend: “She’s a stunner! What an air of spoiled meat she has! It would be so marvelous to get her as a model!” Later he finally caught up to her, the woman known as Carmen Gaudin, a laundres...

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Umberto Boccioni Modern Idol, 1911, oil on wood, 59,5 x 58,5 cm, Estorick collection of Italian Art, London. Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor. He was mostly a Futurist artist, centering his work on the portrayal of movement and technology, even though he also studied Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles in Paris. At the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome Boccioni was a student of Giacomo Balla. “What a timeless masterpiece. It’s a century old, yet don&rsqu...

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Daniel González Coves Girl reading a letter at an open window 2, 2011, oil on canvas, private collection.

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Pedro Sáenz (1864-1924) Disfraz japonesa (Japanese Costume), oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm. Pedro Sáenzwas was a Spanish pre-Raphaelite painter, related to the Malaga school of painting. His work was dominated by portraits and nudes, full of light and elaboration of the details.

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist Portrait of a Black Woman, 1800, oil paint on cloth, 81x65cm, Louvre Museum, Paris, France. In 1800, the work was exhibited in Paris. Six years previously, slavery had been abolished, and this image became a symbol for women’s emancipation and black people’s rights.

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Sir George Clausen (1852-1944)Head of a Peasant WomanOil on canvas188240 x 54 cm(15¾" x 21.37")Private collection

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Ou-Yang Guo-De Nude Asian Woman at the Beach, watercolors on xuan (rice) paper, 78.9 x 76.2 cm. Ou-Yang Guo-De hails from near Guilin in Southern China. After a difficult childhood that included the death of his mother, and a railroad accident at age 12 that left him with no legs and only one arm, he has overcome it all. In China, the most common career choice would have been to become a beggar on the street. But not Ou-yang Guo-de! While fate and luck played in his favor, it was his de...

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John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker, 1860, oil on canvas, 104 x 68.5 cm, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool. The theme of The Black Brunswicker is an imaginative incident highlighting a historical moment. The Black Brunswickers were a special troop raised by Frederick William Duke of Brunswick in 1809. The regiment consisted of the best German gentlemen and was known as the “Death or Glory”, a name derived from their distinctive death’s head hat badge and their apparent de...

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Salvador Dalí The Sacrament of the Last Supper 1955 Oil on canvas 267 x 167 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

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Johanna Harmon (born 1968) Triptych Arrangement in Blue, oil on canvas, private collection. Johanna Harmon is an American artist. She started drawing at the age of 7. Observations and emotions have always been at the core of her paintings. She has succeeded in turning the power of color, light and shadow into effective tools that animate the stories on her canvas. 

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Carla Maria Maggi The Look of Judith, 1940, oil on canvas, 75 x 45 cm, private collection. The artistic career of Carla Maria Maggi (Italian, 1913 - 2004) lasted only a few years. A pupil of Giuseppe Palanti, her talent for drawing was discovered when she was an adolescent. She began to exhibit in her twenties and was appreciated as a portrait painter. However in 1940, three years after her wedding, Carla decided (or maybe was forced?) to abandon painting, dedicating herself to the family. She w...

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Ivan Shishkin Rye Field, 1878, oil on canvas, The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Ivan Shishkin was a great Russian landscape painter, one of the founder-members of the Wanderers or the Peredvizhniki movement. He also taught landscape painting at the St Petersburg Academy. The depiction of forests then became the hallmark of Shishkin’s work. He strove for an accurate rendering of the endless variety of forms in the plant world, still his works are far from being a dry and punctilious...

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August Macke Hutladen (The Hat Shop), 1914, oil on canvas, 60.5 × 50.5 cm, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany.

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Gustave Caillebotte Woman at a Dressing Table, 1873, oil on canvas. Caillebotte was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an artform.

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Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)Woman in Blue Reading a LetterOil on canvas1663-166439.1 x 46.6 cmRijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) ___ “How does an artist see beyond the distractions of faces and clothes to hint at the hidden world of thoughts and emotions? In his painting, the 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer achieves this by depicting the most private of all cultural acts: reading. The letter reader may be studying a love letter – that’s what we feel from her deep absorpt...

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