Art Talk

Nighthawks

Nighthawks

What do you see in this painting? Because apparently, Edward Hopper said: "Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city." Would you say you see the same?

Discover more facts and intriguing stories about Nighthawks and its painter in this article!

Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse

Did you know that before becoming an inventor, Samuel Morse was a painter? His work includes many portraits of political figures, such as former USA Presidents John Adams and James Monroe.

Read more about Samuel Morse surprising work!

Birth of Venus

Birth of Venus

There are gods everywhere in the painting, but where they are? You see Venus at first in the middle, goddess of love. There is Zephyr, god of the west wind, blowing Venus to shore. Then one of the Horae, goddesses of the seasons, which offers a cape to clothe Venus.

Learn more facts about Boticelli's Birth of Venus over here!

René Magritte

René Magritte

A frame?! If you see the frame of this painting, you are very lucky. This means you are standing in the same room as the actual painting, which is in a private collection (not on view in a museum).

Discover more interesting facts in René Magritte’s Son of Man.

Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory

Discover 10 fun facts about Salvador Dalí’s Persistence of Memory!

Did you know Dalí would attempt to enter a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations so that he could make what he called "hand-painted dream photographs”?

Read the other nine facts in the full article! 

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

Things you never knew you didn't know about Piet Mondrian! 

He was a contributor to the De Stijl (The Style) art movement and group, which he co-founded with Theo van Doesburg. Also known as Neoplasticism , this Dutch art movement advocated pure abstraction by a reduction to the essentials of form and color. 

Discover six other facts about his life in this blog article. 

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Did you know there would have been no water lilies if Monet had obeyed the local authorities? Monet imported the plants from Egypt and South America. The city council demanded he uproot the plants in fears they would poison the area’s water. But Monet ignored them.

Read more about the fantastic life of Claude Monet in this article!

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Did you know Frida had an affair with Soviet Leader Leon Trotsky? She would later be interrogated after his assassination in Coyoacán in 1940. She was suspected of being involved in his killing.

Read more facts about the extraordinary life of Frida Kahlo in this article. 

The Kiss

The Kiss

Did you know Klimt's work was highly criticized up to a critical point in his career? His work was derided as “pornography” and “perverted excess”, which hurt his reputation.

Discover what turned his career around in this article! 

The Great Wave

The Great Wave

Hokusai's Great Wave is arguably the most well know artwork from Japanese Culture. But did you know it's actually a print series, not a painting? Because it is a woodblock print, there are lots of Great Waves to go around. Prints can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the British Museum of London, the Art Institute of Chicago, LACMA of Los Angeles, and Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria. 

Read more about The Great Wave in this article!

The Scream

The Scream

Discover 6 crazy facts about Edvard Munch’s most famous painting! Did you know there are actually four versions of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s famous piece: a pastel and a painted version created in 1893, followed by another pastel version two years later and finally, a version using tempera paint (a medium usually consisting of coloured pigments and a binding agent, such as egg yolk) in 1910.

Read the full article if you want to know the five other crazy facts!

The Starry Night

The Starry Night

Researchers have determined that the planet Venus was visible at dawn in Provence in the spring of 1889, and was at that time nearly as bright as possible. The brightest "star" in the painting, just to the viewer's right of the cypress tree, is actually Venus.

Discover more about Van Gogh's famous painting in this article!