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“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream “ Vincent Van Gogh

Self Portrait Painted by Van Gogh 1888

 Vincent Van Gogh Tormented Artist

Vincent Willem van Gogh, 1853-1890, was a Dutch post-impressionist painter- artist, his early life was unremarkable and as a young man he floundered failing from one job to the next. Although he is now known as a well-respected artist, Van Gogh basically only painted for the last 9 years of his life, and...


Vermeer’s View of Delft 1660–1663
The character of Vermeer’s paintings is said to be photographic in realism

Johannes Vermeer, 1632 –  1675, was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic paintings. He was a moderately successful painter in his lifetime, but he was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death. Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. Most of his paintings were apparently set in two small rooms in his...

A Medieval Mystery filled with Myth and Lore… The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries


The Virgin and the Unicorn by Domenico Zampieri, known as Domenichino c 1602

The Virgin and the Unicorn by Domenico Zampieri, known as Domenichino c 1602


The unicorn (from Latin unus "one" and cornu "horn", also called monoceros by the Greek) is a mythological creature. Though the modern popular image of the unicorn is sometimes that of a horse differing only in the single spiral horn on the middle of its forehead, the traditional unicorn also has a beard of...


TTThe Nimble Nicks Santa’s Colorful Cute and Happy Helpers!

The Nimble Nicks Santa’s Colorful Cute and Happy Helpers!

I have always loved the Nimble Nicks characters.  As I started to research them I realized having been raised in Massachusetts of course I would have an interest in characters that were born-created in Worcester Massachusetts. There is not a lot of information about the history of the Nimble Nicks but the article written by Roy Nunn and published in The Antique Shoppe...




On view at the Cloisters Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Hunt for the Unicorn, or the Unicorn Tapestries, is a series of seven tapestries dating woven between 1495 and 1505, and woven in Brussels or Liège, and currently on display at the Cloisters - Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The tapestries show a group of noblemen and hunters in pursuit of a unicorn. The Hunt for the Unicorn was a common theme in late medieval and renaissance...

Ernst Ludvig Kirchner’s Work Helped Form the Foundation of Modern Art

Ernst Kirchner The Most Influential Modern Artist That You Have Probably Never Heard Of



Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880 – 1938, was a German expressionist painter and printmaker. He was one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge",which was a group of artists that helped establish and build the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art.



Die Brücke (The Bridge) was...

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt The Grand Dame of Impressionist Artists

Mary Cassatt The Grand Dame of Impressionist Artists

“There's only one thing in life for a woman;

it's to be a mother... A woman artist must be...

capable of making primary sacrifices.”
 Mary Cassatt

So ironic since Mary had no children and never married.


Louis Comfort Tiffany The Pursuit of Beauty

62 windows located in the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Indiana were created by Louis Comfort Tiffany

“The pursuit of beauty” was the single goal of the amazing talented Louis Comfort Tiffany who was one of the most creative and prolific designers of the late 19th-century.


Photograph of Louis Comfort Tiffany 1915


One of America’s most acclaimed artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s was an artist whose career experimented and influenced...

Issachar Ber Ryback


The Cello Player 1921


Issachar Ber Ryback was a respected and prolific artist of Russian French Jewish descent. His artworks are extraordinary and 80 years after his death his work has become involved in a case misidentification or forgery in a modern day art scandal not of his making.


The Program by Issachar Ber Ryback
or Saving the Torahs by Stanislaus Bender

An article on Art.com written by is Konstantin Akinsha recounts the...

Was Alfons Mucha the Creator and Founder of the Art Nouveau Movement?

In my thoughts by Alfons Mucha


“Art exists only to communicate a

spiritual message.” Alfon’s Mucha

Was Alfons Mucha the Creator and Founder of the Art Nouveau Movement? On the purely subjective scale I would emphatically say yes! When I look at an art nouveau illustration the fluidity and color is what I notice first. I find that the female forms are what I am drawn to the most. While Gustav Klimt is...