01OCT 2016
Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt

Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt

The canvas is a quintessential Cassatt. However, recent cleaning of the work and infrared images taken by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., reveal that brushstrokes from someone else’s hand are also present—Cassatt’s friend and colleague Edgar Degas. The French artist subtly changed the…
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28SEP 2016
Paul Gauguin Museum

Paul Gauguin Museum

Happy Birthday to Paul Gauguin born in Paris on June 7, 1848! Around 1895, after a series of setbacks late in his life, Gauguin bid farewell and sought exile from his European upbringing and career. He wrote, “I would be able to end my days free and at peace with no thought for tomorrow and without having…
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25SEP 2016
Duchamp the Bride

Duchamp the Bride

It was Marcel Duchamp who brought dust into the museum. In 1920, he took the pane of glass on which he had begun to create The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (also known as the Large Glass) and placed it on sawhorses by an open window in his New York studio, exposing it to the grit of the…
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22SEP 2016
Vincent van Gogh influence on art

Vincent van Gogh influence on art

Picasso had arrived in Paris from Barcelona for the first time in October 1900, and returned in May 1901 determined to make a success of his Parisian career. At that time, Paris was the place to make it if you were a painter: it was the world s arts capital and the most culturally exciting city on earth…
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19SEP 2016
Claude Monets House

Claude Monets House

The House Monet spent 43 years at his Giverny residence where, in 1926, he would also take his last breath surrounded by his friend Georges Clémenceau and his stepdaughter, Blanche. During those decades the Giverny residence was brimming with life. There Monet lived with Alice Hoschedé and her six children…
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16SEP 2016
Claude Monet Poplars

Claude Monet Poplars

Rachel Gardner, Gallery Attendant The Fitzwilliam Museum Visitors sometimes stop and ask what my favourite gallery is, or which painting I would most like to own. The answer to the first question sometimes changes, but the second never does. Inevitably I pick Monet’s luminous Poplars of 1891. My choice…
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13SEP 2016
Claude Monet Sailboats

Claude Monet Sailboats

The attack took place at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin, where Shannon attacked a Monet painting, entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874), and then shouted at the group of shocked gallery visitors who had witnessed the scene. The security guard who restrained Shannon shortly…
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10SEP 2016
Vincent van Gogh Church painting

Vincent van Gogh Church painting

L église d Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet [The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet] After staying in the south of France, in Arles, and then at the psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy de Provence, Vincent Van Gogh settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village in the outskirts of Paris. His brother…
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07SEP 2016
Claude Monet painting style

Claude Monet painting style

Monet painted his famous lily pond in his garden at Giverny many, many times. Photo © Hulton Archive/Getty Images Updated . There are two common misnomers about Monet. The first is that, as an Impressionist, Monet s paintings were done spontaneously. In fact, Monet studied his subjects intently, planned…
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04SEP 2016
Claude Monet Giverny paintings

Claude Monet Giverny paintings

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece, ” Claude Monet said, and if his paintings from his years in Giverny are any indication, then it is easy to believe him. We’d like to count his paintings, too, as part and parcel to that masterpiece, and Iris Bed in Monet’s Garden is a sublime example. The presentation of the bright beds, full to bursting with spring irises, stretching…

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