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The Year of the Dog: A Celebration of Pups in Art

They say every dog has his day. And if you follow Chinese astrology, those born under the Year of the Dog are about to get 365 of them. Beginning February 16, 2018, we bid adieu to 2017’s crowing Rooster and honor everyone’s honest, faithful, easy-going, four-legged friend: The Dog. To kick off the festivities, we’re doing a quick virtual retrospective featuring some of our favorite canines in art history and their painterly pals, followed by…

10 Works of Art That Celebrate Love

It’s time to fall in love with art again. Like a love song or a beautiful poem, some paintings depict the world of romance just right. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite love-inspired pieces, celebrating passionate works from both famous and unknown artists. The Kiss Klimt’s most famous piece, The Kiss was originally crafted with gold leaf in 1907 at the height of his Golden Period. It’s known the world over as a symbol…

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…

The Secret Power of Fresh Spaces

Are you still wrestling with the lofty New Year’s resolutions you made after too many Proseccos? Armed with the best of intentions—but probably under the influence—you vowed to start, stop or do more of that thing that usually doesn’t come naturally. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing, if you’ve resolved to say, launch a start-up from the couch where you also binged The Handmaid’s Tale, you could be mere hours away from…

Free Women’s March Posters, Exclusively from Art.com

Are you ready for the Women’s March this Saturday, January 20? We’d like to help you get your voice heard, so we’re providing free downloadable posters from artist Melinda Beck and our own Creative Director, Kelly Niland. Simply download, print (they’re 11×17 and can be easily sized for home printers), and find your local march this Saturday. Together we rise, and Art.com is proud to be with you in spirit. Update: Melina Beck’s “My Body My Choice”…

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…

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…

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