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Monet and Impressionism - The Legacy

Monet and Impressionism - The Legacy

Impressionism is arguably the most famousĀ French paintingĀ movement ever. The actual name "Impressionism" was coined by the French art criticĀ Louis Leroy, after visiting the first exhibition of ImpressionistĀ paintingĀ in 1874 where he sawĀ Impression: Soleil LevantĀ (1872) by Claude Monet. Ironically, Monet only decided on the title when completing the exhibition catalogue, and almost named the workĀ View of the Harbour at Le Havre! In total, between 1874 and 1882, the Impressionists staged seven exhibitions, all in Paris. First appearing in Paris during the late 1860s and early 1870s, Impressionism was not recognized initially as anything special. The Impressionists were able to gather up these...

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Van Gogh, One Of The Greatest Painters In History

Van Gogh, One Of The Greatest Painters In History

Van Gogh was a largely self-taught artist who went on to change the face of Post-impressionism forever. A troubled yet highly-skilled painter, van Goghs work was an outlet for his emotion, particularly when battling depression. Upon moving to Paris, van Gogh was hugely inspired by the works of the Impressionists and Post-impressionists and he adopted their bright palette and developed a unique style which continues to be emulated by artists to this day.Working at an often furious pace van Gogh produced more than 2,000 works of art, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches in his 10-year career....

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The Fascinating History of ā€œPaint-by-Numbersā€ Kits

The Fascinating History of ā€œPaint-by-Numbersā€ Kits

You probably remember ā€œPaint-by-Numbersā€ kits from your childhood, but do you know the history of how they came to be? A mix between a coloring book and painting on a canvas, painting by numbers allows anyone to create a detailed work of art, even if theyā€™ve never taken an art class. The simple art sets were first invented in the 1950s and they still remain popular for both kids and adults today. Despite this, very little is known about their original creator,Ā Dan Robbins. Robbins was a Detroit-based commercial artist who began his career working for the art departments of various...

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Paint by Numbers, The best activities for your family

Paint by Numbers, The best activities for your family

It's a really stressful time in the world with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent panic.Ā No matter if you are sick, know someone who is sick, or worried are that you or your friends or family might become ill,Ā self-care is important now more than ever. On top of that, many people are struggling with income,Ā jobs are scarce, and it's hard to get the basic items we need. Everyone is under a lot of stress, and stress is bad for our immune system, which can first get us sick. It's a vicious cycle. Plus, with kids attending school remotely, everyone is...

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