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Five Fiercely Talented Black American Art History Luminaries

Bye, January! February’s here and we’re excited to kick off Black History Month. There are two schools of thought when it comes to this yearly celebration with roots dating back over a hundred years. Some love the sharpened focus and distilled revelry in honor of African American heroes in the frosty month of February. Others (like Morgan Freeman, for example) feel that Black history is American history and, as such, should not be exalted one…

Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Famous Artists

Different, colorful, eccentric—all descriptors one might use to politely describe artists who buck traditions, defy conventionality, and sometimes even violently reject the status quo. And why is that? Because, as humans, we’re naturally both perplexed and awed by those who blatantly ignore societal norms. We’re drawn to the bold souls who not only march to the beat of their own drum, but douse said drum with gasoline, light a match, record video of the ensuing…

Ten Pithy Bits About Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne: Chronic malcontent, star pupil of Pissarro, or father of Modern Art? Yes, just yes. He was all those things. In polished art history books, you’ll also learn that he was born to wealthy parents who fully expected him to pursue a career in law. But because he rebelled against their well-organized plans for his life, he was a frequent source of disappointment to his family. Of course, they’d be astounded to know that…

Six Dramatic Binge-worthy Art Biopics

If you’re in a region experiencing frigid winter temps (and, really, even if you’re not), here’s a warm weekend plan for you: Bust out your bar cart, get your hygge on, and cozy up with some masters of paint. Caveat: Though many of our most beloved painters from art history produced glossy masterpieces that we know and love, their backstories are anything but polished. In fact, you might find that they lived extremely messy lives…

Five Winter Scenes that are Not So White

Funny thing about winter landscape paintings: they tend to be very white. Not the best news for those of us who fall prey to the “winter blues.” Works by artists like Camille Pissarro, Gustave Caillebotte, Alfred Sisley, Mary Cassatt, and Paul Signac—while beautiful—might just have us wintering in the Bahamas. However, just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean we have to adopt snow-white and chimney-smoke-gray as our requisite color palette. It’s perfectly acceptable to embrace…

History-Changing Gift Ideas: The Women In Art Collections

Gifting art means more, but do you need a degree in interior design or art theory to select the right pieces for someone else? No. You can use the 2017 Art,com Gift Guide for one. We’ve put works into various thematic collections to help you win the holidays. There’s something for everyone: the Animal Lover, the Globetrotter, even the Zen Master. However, if you’re the type who likes statement gifts—not just in terms of what…

10 Things to Know About Tamara De Lempicka

She’s been called “the Madonna of the 1920s,” “the Grande Dame of Deco,” and “the steely-eyed goddess of the machine age.” But until the 1960s, Polish-born Tamara De Lempicka (1898–1980) was all but airbrushed from art history. (Pictured above: Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) by Tamara De Lempicka, 1925) It’s not that she lacked talent, admirers or buyers—she had plenty. The problem was with the Roaring Twenties’ art critics. She didn’t fit the mold and,…

Gift Ideas: 7 Masterpieces That Crushed It at Auction

Salvator Mundi, that unassuming Christ figure attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, just shattered the price ceiling for art sold at auction. The final sales price tag? A whopping $450.3 million—and to one very privileged “unknown” buyer. The good news for us average people is that you can purchase a beautifully framed print of this High Renaissance jewel today. In fact, it’s already topping the art aficionado gift-giving charts. But not every art lover on your…

Hygge for the Holidays

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish lifestyle concept that’s taken the world by storm. An untold number of on-trend home decorators have endeavored to replicate this nod to Nordic culture in their own homes—especially around the holidays as more people tuck in for the winter. Wait, how do you say it again? We won’t confuse you with all the wrong ways people are pronouncing this popular lifestyle aesthetic. Instead, here’s an easy way to get…

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby—Except with Abstract Expressionism

I recently visited a semi-major metropolitan city for an Abstract Expressionism exhibit. I was pumped for the art, but also for the chance to introduce my non-art-history-fanatic boyfriend to the first modern art movement to embrace women. We stepped into the special exhibition hall and I went into my customary manic art appreciation mode, rushing around the room and exclaiming in a hushed voice, “That’s a Philip Guston!”, “Check out that Rothko!”, and “This Clyfford…

Masters of Paint Talk Color at a Mock Cocktail Party

Sometimes the world feels pretty black and white. But today, on National Color Day, we’re celebrating all the shades in between. And, to do so, we’re channeling the spirits of some true-blue masters. Imagine for a moment that you’ve been invited to a swanky cocktail party where all your favorite painters from disparate genres are in attendance. You’re sitting between Frida Kahlo and Paul Gauguin, and across from Vincent Van Gogh. Just as you take…

10 Things to Know About Suzanne Valadon

Art history “brownie points” if you’re well-versed on the unconventional life of French painter and vivacious vixen Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938). Never heard of her? Chalk that up to double standards and antiquated notions of propriety. For the most part, Valadon (born Marie-Clementine) didn’t play by the rules. She was a free-spirited Montmartre Bohemian who loved and painted her heart out—not unlike many of her male counterparts. Put Valadon, a bold and talented artist who bucked…

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