Frederic Edwin Church: The Icebergs

The Icebergs (1861) landscape painting by Frederic Edwin Church, Dallas Museum of Arts

The American artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) specialized in painting landscapes that had a ‘spiritual dimension’ in each of his works. Frederic Edwin Church is one of the most widely traveled artists whose destinations included South America (especially the Andes), and countries in Europe and the Middle East (countries/ territories now known as Egypt, Syria, […]

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris)

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris), oil painting of 1889

‘Irises’ (Les Iris) is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. It is currently on display at J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA. Vincent van Gogh painted ‘Irises’ in May 1889, days after he was admitted at the psychiatric center at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, southern […]

El Greco: The Opening of the Fifth Seal

El Greco: The Opening of the Fifth Seal, or The Vision of Saint John

The oil painting ‘The Opening of the Fifth Seal’ (or ‘The Vision of Saint John’) created by the Spanish artist and architect El Greco (birth name Domenikos Theokópoulos, 1541-1614), is a landmark painting in the history of not only art, but also Cubism and Modern Art too. This large (dimensions 222.3 cm x 193 cm) […]

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers, Les Grandes Baigneuses, 1906

The French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne’s large oil painting titled ‘The Bathers’ (also called The Big Bathers or The Large Bathers and in French ‘Les Grandes Baigneuses’) have many superlatives attributed to it. These include: ‘the largest of his ‘Bather’ series of paintings, one of the masterpieces of modern art, his finest work, […]

The Birth of Venus by Cabanel and other artists

The Birth of Venus (1863) by Alexandre Cabanel, free widescreen wallpaper 1920x1200

The French Academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) is well-known for his works depicting classical, mythological and religious themes, apart from his fame as a portrait painter. From 1844 he exhibited his works at the Paris Salon and had won the Grande Médaille d’Honneur at the Salons of 1865, 1867 and 1878. He painted more or […]

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 […]

Peter Paul Rubens: Perseus Freeing Andromeda

Perseus Freeing Andromeda, oil painting of 1638 by Peter Paul Rubens

The oil on canvas painting titled ‘Perseus Freeing Andromeda’ (1638) by the Flemish Baroque sculptor and painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), dimensions 94 cm x 189 cm, is currently on display at the German museum Gemäldegalerie (Room VIII), Berlin. In Greek mythology, Princess Andromeda (Andromédē), the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia of Ethiopia, […]

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 […]

Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church

Landscape oil painting Aurora Borealis (1865) by Frederic Edwin Church

Aurora Borealis (1865) is an oil on canvas landscape painting by the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), measuring (framed) 142.6 cm x 212.1 cm (56 1/8 x 83 1/2 in), currently on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Frederic Edwin Church is renowned as one of the central figures […]