Can you cheat at art?

Meet Johannes Vermeer

Trivium is a free online art history book. A place to explore the passionate lives and work of great artists.

The faces we see in our dreams.

Odilon Redon

1840 - 1916

In search of a lost paradise.

Paul Gauguin

1848 - 1903

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime.

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

1755 - 1842

Realism is not always nice.

Ilya Repin

1844 - 1930

A Call to the New Art

Kazimir Malevich — 1920

May the downfall of the old world of the arts be etched on the palms of your hands.

A Letter of Intent

Rosa Bonheur — 1898

I'm sending this letter along with that of your dear daughter Anna, my dear colleague in the arts, in order to tell you of my deep affection for her.

The Art of Noises

Luigi Russolo — 1913

Ancient life was all silence. With the invention of the machine, Noise was born. Today, Noise triumphs and reigns supreme over the sensibility of men.

Of the Just Shaping of Letters

Albrecht Dürer — 1525

In what honour and dignity this art was anciently held amongst the Greeks and Romans, the old authors sufficiently testify; though afterwards all but lost, while it lay hid for more than a thousand years.

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