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Interesting Facts About Vincent Van Gogh

Interesting Facts About Vincent Van Gogh

He is not the only Vincent in the van Gogh family His grandfather was also named Vincent. The artist’s uncle whom he referred to in his letters as “Uncle Cent” also shares the same name. A year before Vincent was born, his mother gave birth to a stillborn son which they named Vincent Willem van Gogh. His brother Theo would later name his son after the artist. He became a pastor before he was a painter In May 1877, Van Gogh went [...]

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The Louvre

The Louvre

The history of the one-time medieval fortress and now French icon, tourist attraction, and repository of many of the world’s most famous paintings, the Louvre. The Louvre is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. Today, it is open to the public and has about 8.8 million visitors a year but it has not always been that way. The Louvre was once a medieval fortress that was turned into a palace. Over the years, royals accumulated [...]

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Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

The life of the abstract pioneer Wassily Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky (16 December 1866 – 13 December 1944) Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter who is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of abstract modern art. As an art theorist, he believed that artists can express themselves in their works without being representational. He produced numerous paintings with a torrent of swirling colors, tangling lines and geometric shapes, leaving the observer with a completely subjective experience. His work and his theories about [...]

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History of Interior Design

The History of Interior Design

A brief history of the development of interior design as a profession From cave dwellings to the mud huts of ancient Egypt to the domus of ancient Rome, humans have always decorated their homes to make them more pleasant. People have used animal skins, vases, sculptures, wall paintings, mosaic floors, chandeliers, mirrors and carpets to beautify their surroundings. Before interior design was widely recognized as a profession, designing was just a part of the building process so the task was [...]

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Johannes Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earing

Johannes Vermeer

The story of the great Johannes Vermeer, and a selection of his works. Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) Johannes Vermeer was a 17th century Dutch painter who was known for his extraordinary talent in rendering shadow and light. Little is known about his personal life and he produced relatively few paintings. After his death, he was forgotten and remained virtually unknown until his works were rediscovered in the 19th century. Today, he is considered as one of the greatest painters of [...]

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The story of Vincent van Gogh

The Story of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s life, biography, and impact on art. Vincent Van Gogh Vincent van Gogh was born March 30, 1853 and grew up in Holland. He was the oldest surviving child of Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. A year before Vincent was born they had a stillborn son who was also named Vincent. Vincent (the second, if you will) had three sisters and two brothers. He formed an exceptionally tight bond with his younger brother Theo that lasted throughout [...]

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Franz Bischoff

Franz A. Bischoff

A collection of fifty of Franz Bischoff’s wonderful oil paintings Franz A. Bischoff (January 14, 1864 – February 5, 1929) Franz A. Bischoff was a rare talent. After leaving Austria for the US at just 21 he managed to establish himself and enjoy success as a ceramic artist. A series of moves around the country would ultimately see him settle in California where he would change direction completely to learn – and master – a different medium, and excel at that too, [...]

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