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


The wanderer above the sea of fog

Caspar David Friedrich, 1818

Where is the Wanderer?Friedrich described his approach to landscape painting saying “The artist should paint not only what he has in front of him but also what he sees inside himself.” Friedrich brought this practice to the Wanderer, splicing together a variety of landscapes from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony, that he'd previously sketched in person. Read More

Random Draw

Niko Pirosmani

Will paint for food

“Society should find out where Niko Pirosmani is, whether he is alive, or need of help.” This haunting note is from the first meeting of the Society of Georgian Painters, called together in March of 1916. Read More

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