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Happy Birthday, Frida. This Celeb Costumes For You.
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Happy Birthday, Frida. This Celeb Costumes For You.

Celebrities Honor Frida Kahlo with Updo’s, Mustaches and MonkeysJuly 6th marks Frida Kahlo‘s birth, and this anniversary puts the famed Mexican artist at 110. During her lifetime, Kahlo’s style was as much of note as her art, perhaps because so often one leveraged the other.Kahlo created 55 self-portraits (close to a third of her total painting output), and each showcased her powerful individualism, the pride she had in her heritage and her desire to conceal certain parts of her body and reveal others.

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Two-Minute Art History: Niki de Saint Phalle and Her Serious Frivolity

IN NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE’S HANDS, PLAYFULNESS ITSELF COULD BE A RADICAL TOOL…Plenty of modern artists have been gifted with a flair for the dramatic, and Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) could hold her own with the best of them. The French sculptor and multidisciplinary artist created a brightly colored cast of characters over the course of her long career, and both she and her work possessed an unmistakably theatrical energy.
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9 Things to Remember About Pablo Picasso

Born on October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso lived a life so notorious and had a career so full of highlights that we could likely list one interesting factoid for every year since his birth, but we will settle for sharing these nine things to remember about this modernist ringleader instead. Enjoy! 1 Co-Father of CubismAlong with Georges Braque, Picasso is acclaimed for pioneering “Cubism,” a radical and influential art movement that revolutionized European painting, sculpture and architecture in the early 1900s.
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Shine On, Sunflower Yellow

Embracing the golden warmth and bounty of spring’s return with a sunflower state of mindAs we come out of our winter shells, we reach for the sun’s warmth now more than ever. So, too, does the sunflower. It rises with the sun, tilting toward its bright yellow light. As it moves across the sky, the sunflower’s bloom moves with it.
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Andrew Wyeth Picks 20 Great American Watercolorists

Celebrating the Life and Art of Andrew WyethAndrew Wyeth was first introduced to watercolor by his father, the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, and by one of his father’s friends, Sid Chase. He immediately began looking at the work of great watercolorists from the past, especially American artists who “lifted watercolor from the academic approach of the British and made it something freer,” he explained.
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Georgia OKeeffe, Her Life in Paintings

Works to Know from the Mother of American ModernismShe needs no introduction. To many of us, Georgia O’Keeffe is a beloved artistic icon and inspiration.Tracing her life through her works is fitting tribute that yields several surprises and brings an already enraptured audience even more to appreciate.
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8 Artistic Styles of Henri Matisse

If one is seeking creative inspiration, one need look no further than the artistic output of Henri Matisse, one of modern art’s greats. He lived to be 84 and it wouldn’t be all that far-fetched to say that he spent as much of those 80 plus years steeped in art and creative making as he conceivably could.
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Decoding the Pastels of Edgar Degas

As art students from across the ages can attest, there’s plenty to be learned from copying the work of the masters. I had a unique opportunity to pick up the challenge—focusing on an art icon—for a new video series and art-instruction kit: Decoding Degas.BY DESMOND O’HAGANFandom for a Master PainterThe practice of copying a great work by a master artist is an age-old tradition.
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Color Story | A Stroke of Midnight Blue

Universally beloved and as comforting as a warm blanket, this deepest of blues evokes feelings of awe and ahhh.Midnight blue is instantly associated with great expanses of night sky. Gazing at the world’s evening cover is an exercise both inspiring and overwhelming; it’s certainly innately human, and the blue spaces between the bright stars have been the source of many a philosopher’s conundrum and epiphany.
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Being a Copy Cat Is a Good Thing

Learning a Master’s Drawing Secrets–Texture, Color … Genius!It’s funny when you think about it, but the art world is built on copying. Unlike plagiarism in journalism or literature, however, copying master drawings is something many artists, for centuries, have incorporated into their studies.Why? Because it is an excellent way to closely study and evaluate incredible artwork.
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Green Death | The Art History of Arsenic

“As to the arsenic scare a greater folly is hardly possible to imagine: the doctors were bitten as people bitten by witch fever.”~William Morris, The Collected Letters of William Morris, Vol. 2Arsenic in ArtThe discovery of a deep, vivid green by Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1775 led to a fashion craze lasting for more than a century.
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7 Things You Didnt Know About Edgar Degas

Taking It Beyond Ballerinas and Corny JokesFor many art lovers, the 19th-century French artist Edgar Degas’ legacy begins and ends with ballerinas. But the reality is there is more to know about this sculptor, painter, printer and draftsman besides pastel tutus and the corny “de (the) gas makes the van go” joke.
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Did He Have a Lust for Line?

Portrait Drawing Vincent van GoghThere are very few artists I wouldn’t like to watch working. It is always addictive to see someone drawing in a sketchbook or painting in the studio, no matter what they are depicting or their style of drawing. But after seeing what Vincent van Gogh can do with simple line to create portrait drawings, landscapes, and still lifes, I would definitely let him jump the line and get to the top of my list.
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Rosa Bonheur | The Most Famous Female Artist of the 19th Century

9 Things to Know About This Pivotal PainterFrench artist Rosa Bonheur was generally accepted to be the most famous female artist (if not the most famous artist) of her day. We look into her life and times to discover the reasons behind her exceptional popularity and fame. We get to know the prominent painter and sculptor much better by sharing interesting insights about her background and biography as well.
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The Color That Changed the World

“And that is how I caught Cézanne off guard, coming along bent over in thought. His face like a potter’s, sun-burned, looked startled as the shadow of nearby leaves played over it. He had a small, bony head with rosy skin, lively eyes, and a white mustache, carelessly smeared with prussian blue.”~Jules Borély, Conversations with CézanneA Paint More Costly Than GoldIt is hard for artists, spoiled as we are by the easy availability of all the colors of the rainbow, to imagine a world wherein one of our important and necessary colors costs more than gold.
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31 Art Terms to Know for Describing (Your) Art

An Art History Glossary for ArtistsAny visual artist knows they don’t have to say a word when it comes to describing their art. Sure, let the art speak for itself. But it doesn’t hurt to have a glossary of art terms that could be applied to any given piece of art. That’s why we’ve compiled an art history glossary of must-know vocab to use when describing art.
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Monet at Giverny: In a Garden, In a Studio

MONET’S NOW-FAMOUS GARDEN AT GIVERNY, A MAGICAL LANDSCAPE OF FLOWERS AND WATER, WAS ORIGINALLY A PLOT OF WEEDY MARSHLAND ABUTTING A RAILROAD TRACKGetting a behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s studio is both inspirational and enlightening — one can learn a great deal about an artist’s process by exploring his or her work environment.
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Lets Canoodle! Top 10 Most Romantic Paintings

Snuggles, Kisses Embraces for Valentine’s DayGrab a heart-shaped box of chocolates and enjoy this top 10 list of romantic paintings to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a gimmicky holiday to many, but the day set aside to revel in gushiness and goo-goo eyes also deserves a painting spin. Here are the paintings that Cupid, and any romantic at heart, will love…Sweet EmbracePainted for the Paris World’s Fair, this painting is a primary example of Italian Romanticism.
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