Art 101: From Vincent van Gogh to Andy Warhol, Key People, Ideas, and Moments in the History of Art (Adams 101)
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Explore the beautiful and complex world of art!
Too often, textbooks obscure the beauty and wonder of fine art with tedious discourse that even Leonardo da Vinci would oppose. Art 101 cuts out the boring details and lengthy explanations, and instead, gives you a lesson in artistic expression that keeps you engaged as you discover the world's greatest artists and their masterpieces.
From color theory and Claude Monet to Jackson Pollock and Cubism, this primer is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and works of art that you won't be able to get anywhere else.
So whether you're looking to master classic painting techniques, or just want to learn more about popular styles of art, Art 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
situation, Renoir managed to depict the exuberance and pleasures of life, and created a number of his most famous masterpieces during this period: La Loge (1874; The Theatre Box), Bal du moulin de la Galette (1876; Dance at Le moulin de la Galette), The Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881), and Mme Charpentier and Her Children (1878). Renoir finally received recognition for his work in 1874. In that year, six of his paintings were hung in the first Impressionist exhibition, which was held
her husband to preventatively lock her in her bedroom, finally succeeded in drowning herself in the River Sambre. Although it was long rumored that a thirteen-year-old Magritte was present when her body was discovered about a mile down the river, the tale was later proved false. Even so, several of Magritte’s paintings—those from 1927 and 1928, in particular—feature the image of a woman whose dress is covering her face, which is how it is said she was found. Magritte went through various
being painted. Its aggressive lines, assault of bright colors, and sense of artistic abandonment earned the style a unique, though relatively short, chapter in art history. In the brief period of time from 1905 to 1908, it created a full-fledged uproar. In the words of one art critic of the time, Fauvism was like “flinging a pot of paint in the face of the public.” What did the artists do to deserve such a statement? They rejected the fantastic imagery of the time and reverted to painting
could walk around them and view them from above while he worked. Inspired by Indian sandpainting, Pollock began dripping and splattering the paint onto the canvas using brushes, sticks, turkey basters, and even his own hands and body at times. Those lucky enough to watch him work described his technique as dance-like, as he moved around the canvas applying paint in fluid strokes. In some cases, Pollock would add other elements, such as sand or glass to his pieces to enhance the texture. Many of
from the famous Venetian architect Palladio. His painting for the high altar, Assumption of the Virgin (1577–1579), went beyond Venetian influence and was the first clear indication of El Greco’s own style. It incorporated the highlighting techniques and brush strokes of his contemporaries, but it also presented violent contrasts in colors and a heightened dramatic tension. In the years he spent painting Assumption of the Virgin, El Greco also worked on El Espolio (The Disrobing of Christ), one