A New History of Art
Portrait of Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel

Creativity vs the Académie

From its subject matter and color scheme to the visibility of each brushstroke, Alexandre Cabanel's artwork was defined by the total authority of the Académie — but even under extreme constraint, creativity finds ways to express itself. Read More


Femme Fatales

The rise, fall, and rebirth of an archetype

Suddenly, she was everywhere. As the end of the nineteenth century neared, the archetype of the femme fatale silently took over the conservative wing of the art world. Read More

Random Draw

Kizette in Pink

Tamara de Lempicka, 1926

“Kizette, you sit for your mother because some day she will be very famous and you will be in a museum,” her grandmother would tell her. Maria Krystyna Łempicka, little Kizette, only saw her mother a few weeks a year, and when she did, it was often to sit for portraits. And sure enough, Grandmother was right.Kizette's mother was Tamara de Lempicka, inveterate socialite and one of the rising stars of the Art Deco moment. Read More

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