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Marisol Escobar, a 1960s Pop Culture Icon

March 10, 2021

Marisol Escobar was so well-known that, like Prince or Madonna of later eras, she didn’t need a last name. She was simply Marisol. She was not just an artist. She was a pop culture icon. In the 1960s, her innovative wooden sculptures of family groups and famous people brought her...

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Emily Carr Paintings

Emily Carr Paintings Celebrate the Beauty of the Pacific Northwest

February 5, 2021

If you’ve ever been to British Columbia, you know how spectacular it is with its mountains, forests, and Pacific Ocean views. It is also historically interesting, with a long record of rich Indigenous cultures. Canadian painter and author Emily Carr celebrated the natural and cultural significance of her beloved homeland,...

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Evelyn De Morgan Paintings

Evelyn De Morgan: Painter of Love, Peace, and Other Emotions

January 12, 2021

Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) was an English painter who was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. She painted allegorical works that carry themes of spirituality, love, and peace. Inspired by Christian stories and Greek mythology, as well as literature and history, her strong female characters and handsome young male figures are...

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Berthe Morisot Paintings

Berthe Morisot: A Woman Artist in a Man’s World

January 4, 2021

Undoubtedly the most famous facial expression in the history of art is the enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa in the celebrated painting by Leonardo da Vinci. However, a lesser-known artist, Impressionist Berthe Morisot, also painted enigmatic facial expressions to an even greater effect. Morisot painted landscapes, beach scenes, and gardens,...

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Sonia Delaunay Paintings

Sonia Delaunay Was a Multimedia Artist Before the Term Was Invented

December 21, 2020

Sonia Delaunay designed textiles, created sets and costumes for theater shows and films, decorated cars, made furniture, and was an influential abstract painter. With her husband, Robert Delaunay, she cofounded the Orphism art movement which mixed Cubism, Fauvism, and Abstract Art techniques. Her work spanned the arc of the 20th...

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Agnes Pelton Paintings

Agnes Pelton: A Visionary Symbolist

November 9, 2020

Agnes Lawrence Pelton (1881–1961) was an artist in the Modernism style who painted luminous oil paintings of beautiful images inspired by her spiritual practices. She was interested in Agni Yoga and astrology, as well as Christian themes and theosophy. She moved from the New York City area to Cathedral City,...

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Hilma af Klint Prints and Biography

Hilma af Klint Made the Invisible… Visible

October 20, 2020

Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was a mystic, amateur scientist, and artist from Sweden. She painted more than 1200 paintings, sketches, and watercolors, ranging from veterinary drawings and botanical sketches to huge oil paintings that were inspired by her interest in world religions. While painting, she channelled spiritual guidance to showcase...

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Lee Krasner: A Brushstroke Biography

Lee Krasner: A Brushstroke Biography

September 8, 2020

Abstract artist Lee Krasner once said in an interview, “I think all painting is biographical. I think you can read any artist if you take the trouble to.” Reading Lee Krasner’s work, we discover a highly-intelligent, vibrant woman whose art depicts both sadness and joy. She survived the tragic death...

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Women's Suffrage

Justice Demands the Vote: Women’s Suffrage in the United States

August 25, 2020

The women’s suffrage movement was documented largely through photographs that tell the story of brave women writing letters, marching in parades, handing out leaflets, and even getting arrested. The hard work, sacrifice, and dedication of these women survives because of these pictures. For too long, women were denied one of the...

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Artemisia Gentileschi Paintings

Artemisia Gentileschi: A 17th-Century #MeToo Heroine and Painter of Stories

August 3, 2020

Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque artist. Born in Rome in 1593, she was the eldest daughter of Prudentia Montoni and the Tuscan painter Orazio Gentileschi. She lived in Rome, Florence, Venice, London, and Naples, and was well-known in her lifetime, with an international clientele. Working in the style of...

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4 Notorious Black Female Artists

4 Black Women Artists Who Painted a Picture of Strength in the Midst of Injustice

July 14, 2020

African American women artists have helped shape art in America for many years, but their contributions were often overlooked. The perception that art is created by white men started to change in the 20th century and continues to change even more in the 21st century. Modern audiences are hungry for...

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Dancing at the Louvre with Faith Ringgold

Dancing at the Louvre: From Faith Ringgold to Beyoncé

July 7, 2020

Art inspires us. But so often, we think a visit to an art museum should be a solemn event. We think of school children, dressed in their school uniforms, quietly filing past famous art, wishing they could be outdoors. Or we picture art experts stroking their beards as they study...

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Frida Kahlo Magical Realism

Frida Kahlo’s Art through the Lens of Magical Realism

June 1, 2020

Frida Kahlo combined realism, surrealism, and fantasy with icons from her Mexican culture to create magical art. One of her favorite subjects was her own beautiful face. Art historians classify Kahlo’s art as Surrealism, although Kahlo herself didn’t consider herself a surrealist. In 1938, André Breton, a well-known surrealist, arranged...

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Mary Cassatt Brings the Joy of Motherhood to Life

Mary Cassatt Brings the Joy of Motherhood to Life

May 7, 2020

Who Was Mary Cassatt? Mary Cassatt was an American Impressionist painter and printmaker. Although she is best known for her beautiful and touching paintings of mothers with their children, Mary Cassatt never married or had children. Perhaps her fascination with the maternal relationship stemmed from her own family ties. Mary...

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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange: Artist and Social Justice Activist

May 1, 2020

Following a rapid expansion of the economy and a deadly pandemic, the world plunged into depression. The stock market crashed, millions of Americans lost their jobs, and half the country’s banks failed. No, we’re not talking about the 2020s, hopefully. We are talking about the 1930s, when Dorothea Lange took...

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Georgia O'Keeffe Painted America

Georgia O’Keeffe Painted America from New York to New Mexico

March 24, 2020

Perhaps no other artist deserves the title of American Artist more than Georgia O’Keeffe. Unlike many of her contemporaries, O’Keeffe wasn’t inspired by French or Italian artists. She didn’t make the typical artist’s pilgrimage to the great cities of European art until later in life. She steadfastly separated herself from...

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