Henri Matisse – Reclining Nude

In the light of Henri Matisse's birthday on the 31st here are some of my favourite paintings and a bit of text about them. If not for a bout of appendicitis, Henri Matisse may have lived the quiet life of a lawyer and remained unknown to the world. In 1890 Matisse took up painting during …

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WASSILY KANDINSKY’s BIRTHDAY

Tomorrow is the birthday of Wassily Kandinsky, who is one of my favourites, so here is a quick recap. The Russian painter and graphic artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the great masters of modern art and the outstanding representative of pure abstract painting that dominated the first half of the 20th century. Wassily …

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Art Review; Ad Reinhardt; Robert Motherwell

Taken from The New York Times, By Ken Johnson For Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967), Puritanism ultimately prevailed over hedonism. With calculated hyperbole, he declared that the history of painting ended with his black paintings, in which obdurate monochromism subdued color to near invisibility. But during the 1950's, Reinhardt gave himself over to the pleasures of color …

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