The Surrealism movement didn’t really take over the Mexican art world until the late 1930s, as Hitler’s power grew it became more and more evident that Europe was heading into another war and many progressive artists feared for their lives—some escaped to New York, others went south to Mexico. Join me as I explore Mexican Surrealism.
The Lasting Effects of War on the World's Perspectives In this installment of Explorations in Art, my selection of artists is a little eclectic, but that was done intentionally. I wanted to show the audacity of expression through different perspectives. The rippling effects of World War II through the eyes of artists who are both [...]
It's quite interesting to think that the first half of the twentieth century dealt with, at length, the same issues that persist today, even if they are presently not as violently represented. If we're to be honest, the Age of Anxiety has not even begun to come to a close—the perpetual darkness of inhumanity, those [...]
There is something to be said about the swiftness in which trends affect the culture of everything—political unrest, as we saw in the last art analyzation brought artists together in a common theme. The stylized commentary made upon the state of the world around us is not unique to art, it is especially not unique [...]
Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, eine de France et ses enfants (1787) Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was born in Paris in 1755; before her father died when she was only twelve years of age, Le Brun received artistic training from him benefiting from his skills as a portraitist. He encouraged her [...]
A Powerful Figure in a Patriarchal Era of Artwork Judith and her Maidservant (1625) by Artemisia Gentileschi Born on July 8, 1593, Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi is now considered one of the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists. Gentileschi's career as a painter began at age fifteen, in an age where women had few opportunities to [...]
The Renaissance was a time where great artists surfaced throughout the creative world—Sandro Botticelli, born Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 - May 17, 1510), was one of these great artists during the Early Renaissance; throughout his lifespan, he created numerous wonders. While his posthumous reputation suffered until the late 1800s, he was rediscovered by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English painters, poets, and art critics founded in 1848. The Pre-Raphaelites stimulated a reappraisal of Botticelli's works and as a result, his paintings have been held to represent graceful linework in the Early Renaissance painting movement.