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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…

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…

New Artists That Excite Us for 2018

At Art.com, we’re lucky to have our eyes on the incredible world of art. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with something we love so much, to celebrate art every day, and to be a part of creating inspiration in your home. This year we’ll welcome and share even more new artists and new artwork that excite us than ever before. But first, we’d love to spotlight some of our latest and greatest…

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…

Leonardo da Vinci: New Work from a 500-Year Old Artist

Update: Salvator Mundi has just sold at auction for a record $450 million! Here’s the news via the New York Times. Nearly five hundred years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci is still front-page news. Not only does a new, highly-anticipated biography come out from Walter Isaacson on the 17th, but da Vinci is on the market again with at least one rediscovered piece. One incredible rediscovered painting that will shortly be up for auction…

Picasso and Peace

Mention Pablo Ruiz Picasso at a party and chances are the conversation will center on his seriously distorted visages, like The Weeping Woman and The Red Armchair. But that’s just one chapter in the book on this Spanish master whose illustrious career spanned 70 years. What’s mentioned less often is his role in politics, as a Delegate at the Paris Peace Conference and in the Peace Movement, in general. While his work sometimes chronicled the…

We See You, Vincent Van Gogh

What do we know about Vincent van Gogh? He’s rumored to have sliced off his earlobe with a razor in a manic frenzy. That’s the first thing that comes to mind for many. It’s dramatic, unfathomable and obviously quite memorable. But there’s speculation as to whether that’s how things really played out that night with Paul Gauguin inside that yellow house in the South of France. There’s even mystery shrouding Vincent’s untimely death at the…

Art.com Insider Kira Wampler: Monet’s Gardens

My new role at Art.com has me on the road meeting with our team, and it was hard to pass up the opportunity to connect with our fabulous crew in Venray, Netherlands. Combining that with spring break meant a family trip to London, Paris, and Amsterdam. As we planned the trip, we thought a lot about what kind of experience we wanted our family to have. We’re not big on “see everything in a day…

Palm Springs Architecture Eye Candy

Just a few hours east of Los Angeles, picturesque desert scenes and mid-century architecture create the landscape of a destination known for style. Palm Springs has remained a hot spot for designers, artists and celebrities for over a century. Art.com Senior Designer, Guillaume D. recently went to Palm Springs to visit the iconic architecture, now known as desert-modernism, made famous by prolific American architect Albert Frey. Camera in hand, Guillaume set out to see the…

Artist Spotlight: Normal Rockwell & Classic Americana

Celebrated as “the Dickens of the paintbrush”, Norman Rockwell has held a place in the hearts of Americans for more than half of a century. His nostalgic paintings are clad with warmth, humor, and even the occasional surprise. Today, we’re shedding light on some of Rockwell’s lesser known accomplishments and sharing a few tips on how to warm up a room with Rockwell artwork. Things You Probably Don’t Know About Norman Rockwell He received the Presidential…

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