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Cezanne and Van Gogh: Beyond Perception

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Impressionism was one of the most fruitful of artistic movements for what it inspired in the artists of succeeding generations.  It was fruitful, certainly, in the new ground it explored, […]

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The Art of Alienation

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One phenomenon which seems to be unique to the modern period is what we can call “urban alienation”: not the isolation of a hermit far from society, but the alienation […]

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Brown vs. The Rainbow

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One of the realizations which comes to an artist who tries to record nature is that the range of color available on the palette cannot compete with the range and […]

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With Complements

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One of the cornerstones of the artistic revolution wrought by the impressionist painters of the late 19th century was the deliberate juxtaposition of complementary colors.

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Two Executions

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Goya and Manet One of the great contributions that Manet made to the development of the art of the last 150 years is to promote the idea that art is […]

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Progress and Nostalgia

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Industrialization and Ambivalence in 19th Century Art Nineteenth century attitudes toward the juggernaut of industrial and technological progress, as reflected in the arts, is a vast subject, not to be […]

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Ordinary and Extraordinary

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The Varieties of English Naturalism When we think of the naturalistic tradition in English landscape painting at the beginning of the 19th century we immediately think of the work of […]

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The Tableau Vivant

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The period of the French revolution was one when painting and theater had an extraordinary influence on the thoughts and feelings of contemporaries.

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Art and Revolution

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Jacques-Louis David and the “Oath of the Horatii” It is almost impossible for us today to grasp the impact that a painting like David’s “Oath of the Horatii” had on […]

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The Aesthetic Attitude

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One of the most fascinating of the developments that occurred during the 18th century was the recognition of an independent aesthetic attitude toward art, and indeed toward the world.  /

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