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A New History of Art
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Artists
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi

An underdog artist pits monsters vs. superheroes

In 1811, the 14 year old son of a silk-dyer was admitted to Japan’s famous Utagawa school of printing. The young boy was named Yoshisaburo, but the school’s master, Toyokuni Utagawa gave him a new name — Kuniyoshi Utagawa.

Ilya Repin

Realism is not always nice

An academic in a time of unrest'Now it is the peasant who is the judge and so it is necessary to represent his interests. That is just the thing for me, since I am myself, as you know, a peasant, the son of a retired soldier who served twenty-seven hard years in Nicholas I's army.'It was a new world in Russia in 1872, when Ilya Repin wrote those words.

Ilya Repin, The Artists
Odilon Redon, The ArtistsPortrait of Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon

The faces we see in our dreams

1840 – 1916
Claude Monet, The ArtistsPortrait of Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Painting nature from a small boat

1840 – 1926
A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel, Judith Leyster

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel

Judith Leyster, 1635
Young Boy in Profile, Judith Leyster
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Young Boy in Profile

In a round portrait miniature painting, Judith Leyster depits a young boy. Healthy in complextion, he wears the single strand of long hair, the 'lovelock' that was popular in Europe in the early 1600's.

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

Georges Seurat, 1886

By turns scientist and anthropologist, Seurat painted A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in the pointellist style, designed to separate the colors presented to the eye to create a truer impression of light. The painting's subjects, it's now-famous citizen's of leisure, Seurat hoped to raise to the status of icons — as he described to the French poet Gustave Kahn, 'The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession.

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat
Born on August 17
Matthijs Maris, The ArtistsPortrait of Matthijs Maris

Matthijs Maris

Don't get lost in the fog

1839 – 1917
Tina Modotti, The ArtistsPortrait of Tina Modotti

Tina Modotti

1896 – 1942

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