The Curious Case of- ‘The Barnes Collection’

Albert Barnes a chemist by profession is known as one of the most insightful and intuitive art collector. In late 19th century/early 20th century, when modern artists like Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani were considered too vague and forward, he invested in their artworks and gradually made an art collection of 2,500 art items which is currently worth at least $25-billion. Continue reading “The Curious Case of- ‘The Barnes Collection’”

What Art is for Interiors

Professional Interior designers and art collectors don’t treat artworks as accessories or add-ons, for them artworks are key design elements that can make or break a space. Listed below are few basic points, detailing how experienced designers and art lovers dexterously use art to transform interiors. Continue reading “What Art is for Interiors”

India Documented in Watercolors (1850-1870)

Enticed by the exotic culture and stunning landscapes of India many British artists travelled the country and recorded their experiences via artworks, most popular being the water-colorist William Carpenter. He travelled extensively for seven years (1850-57) and managed to capture the Indian culture and landscapes in the most accurate and realistic manner.  It’s because of the authenticity and well-observed preciseness of his artworks Continue reading “India Documented in Watercolors (1850-1870)”

The Dutch Mona Lisa

‘The girl with a pearl earring’, a masterpiece often referred as ‘The Dutch Mona Lisa’ is one of the most notable painting made by the eminent Baroque period artist- Johannes Vermeer.  The expressions and pose of the subject makes it incredibly interactive. The startled, wide-eyed subject looks back at the viewer with a half smile much like Leonard’s Mona Lisa, it seems that the viewer has managed to catch her attention causing her to Continue reading “The Dutch Mona Lisa”

Art for Feng Shui

The basic theory of Feng Shui (meaning ‘wind ‘and ‘water’) is to create a positive setting for the circulation of the invisible energy flow present in our living environment. The course of the life force (Chi) around us influences our success, relationships and health. Obstructions to this flow can cause disharmony resulting to adverse repercussions. To achieve balance and accord, Feng Shui consultants guide us as to- ‘what’ and ‘how’ to Continue reading “Art for Feng Shui”

Is Abstract Art Really Art?

Abstract art is a genre that stirs up extreme emotions, for some it is the most creative and novel way of illustrating an artistic vision on the other hand there are a set of art enthusiasts who find it unimaginative, meaningless and even go so far as to say-  “it is an excuse for being a bad artist”. The statement is unquestionably false and invalid, master artists like Pablo Picasso and Kazimir Malevic started as brilliant realist artists, gradually Continue reading “Is Abstract Art Really Art?”

The Outlaws – Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne

Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne were considered the outlaws in many respects, in the art world because of their revolutionary art styles and in the social order because of their reputation as hostile and antisocial characters. The founders of the new avant-garde art movement- post impressionism, they were the rebellions of their time. They rejected the conventional rules of painting and created their own unique style, much to the annoyance Continue reading “The Outlaws – Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne”

Why shouldn’t art be pretty? – Renoir

Even though Pierre-Auguste Renoir was one of the initiators of impressionism his painting’s themes were different from the rest. The Impressionists (Monet, Degas, Sisley, Manet, and Pissaro) made paintings- ‘en plein air’ (outdoors), he preferred making figure’s over landscapes, particularly of women. All his paintings had pleasing themes, subjects with joyful expressions and beautiful rosy faces. He once quoted- Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world. Continue reading “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? – Renoir”