J. Carroll Beckwith: Nymph and Cupid


Nymph and Cupid is an oil painting by the American Impressionist artist James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917). He had probably drawn it based on the sculpture titled Nymphe et Cupidon, by the French sculptor Pierre Legros the Elder, located at the gardens of Château de Versailles, France. Born at Hannibal, Missouri, the United States, James Carroll […]

William Bouguereau: The Wave (La Vague) 1896

William Bouguereau, oil painting The Wave (La Vague), 1896, free wallpaper

The French Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a traditionalist whose photo-realistic style of paintings was a huge success among the rich art patrons of his times. William Bouguereau followed the traditional Academic style for his paintings. He prepared detailed studies and sketches of his models so that he could present the most accurate depiction […]

Lady Godiva, painting by John Collier

Lady Godiva (1898), oil on canvas painting by John Collier

Seen on the left is an oil painting, depicting a brave Anglo-Saxon noble woman who rode naked through the streets to mitigate the tax burden of the people of Coventry. It is the celebrated oil painting titled ‘Lady Godiva’ (1898) by the British writer and artist John Maler Collier (1850-1934). In modern times, her legend […]

Francisco Goya: transition from romanticism to modernism

Francisco Goya on 500-Pesetas Spanish banknote of El Banco de Espana, 1874

For many art historians, the Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya (1746-1828) was ‘the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns’. To honor his contributions to art, a 500 Pesetas currency note was issued by the Spanish Bank (El Banco de Espana) in July 1874 featuring Goya on the face of the […]

Amedeo Modigliani: the saddest life of one of the most expensive artists of modern times

Portrait of Amedeo Modigliani (1919) oil painting by French artist Jeanne Hébuterne

It is sometimes hard to believe that some of the artists, whose works are now counted as the most expensive paintings in the world, once lived hand-to-mouth lives during their lifetimes. They are often referred to as ‘struggling artists’ and, sadly, many of them had died poverty-stricken, after a lifetime of hard work, without earning […]

John F Kennedy Silver Half Dollar Coin, 1968


The half Dollar silver coin (1968) shown here features a portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), popularly known as JFK, who was the 35th President of the United States (1961- 1963). John Kennedy became President by defeating Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election to become the youngest elected President of the United States. (The […]

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, painting by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), painting by the Austrian Artist Gustav Klimt currently at Neue Galerie, New York City

On June 19, 2006, Carol Vogel wrote in an article titled “Lauder Pays $135 Million, a Record, for a Klimt Portrait” published in The New York Times that a 1907 portrait by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) had been purchased by Ronald S. Lauder for US$135 million. Obviously the article is about the […]