A New History of Art

Artists who Died Young

Why do great artists die young?

It's a nearly mythological phenomenon. A young creative genius takes the world by storm. Their artwork, music, poetry—it's raw. Unfiltered. The strength of their message, their confusion, energy, love and pain jump into our hearts. Then they overdose, die of illness, or take their own life. Read More


Judith and the Head of Holofernes

Gustav Klimt, 1901

Ok let's be real, Gustav Klimt's Judith and the Head of Holofernes is a weird treatment of its subject matter. The beheading of the unstoppable Assyrian general Holofernes by the beautiful, pious widow Judith is a violent exclamation point in the Christian Apocrypha. Read More

Random Draw

The Red Tree

Piet Mondrian, 1910

The Red Tree, one of the most important in Mondrian s series on the tree theme, was done in the same year as the Windmill in Sunlight. In its color range and brushwork, and above all in its conception of nature, it shows many points of contact with that other picture. Here too there seems to be a definite influence ofVincent van Gogh's work. Read More

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