10 Famous Black Paintings

ten famous black paintings

In the name of balance and harmony it’s only right to do a list of ten famous black paintings today! Gallery owners will tell you that darker paintings are generally harder to move as a product but we artists seem to do as many black paintings as we do white paintings. With not much more than a color change we move from the purity and light of white to the somber, serious, and melancholy suggestions of black. Lets start with the most famous of all famous black paintings: Goya’s black paintings.Continue Reading

Dora Maar Photographs Picasso’s Guernica

pablo picasso guernica

I have seen sketches and drawings leading up to and relating to Pablo Picasso’s giant Guernica painting, but I haven’t seen it photographed in stages. Henriette Theodora Marković, better known as Dora Maar captured the masterpiece from start to finish. I like how it evolves, even though it was a very planned painting, it still grew and changed as it progressed. Picasso thought of it as capturing the metamorphosis of a painting rather than simply recording the stages.Continue Reading

El Greco Painting Record

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A bidding war between a Russian collector and an Indian collector saw the 3 to 5 million pound estimate of El Greco’s “Saint Dominic in Prayer” almost double to reach an auction record for the artist of £9,154,500 or about $14,000,000 USD.

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Top 200 20th Century Artists?

The Times and Saatchi gallery have compiled 1,461,523 votes from the public to come up with a list of the 200 top artists of the 20th Century. It’s a method that has flaws as some artists will be missing and other artists will get more attention than they really deserve, but any list compiled by anyone is flawed as lists are an art rather than a science. They’re not meant to be taken too seriously.

1 Pablo Picasso 21587

2 Paul Cezanne 21098

3 Gustav Klimt 20823

4 Claude Monet 20684

5 Marcel Duchamp 20647

6 Henri Matisse 17096

7 Jackson Pollock 17051

8 Andy Warhol 17047

9 Willem De Kooning 17042

10 Piet Mondrian 17028Continue Reading

Prado Museum on Google Earth

Google Earth is an amazing tool that just keeps getting better and it’s still FREE. Over the years I have spent hours looking down on our fascinating little planet with Google Earth.

Now Google has made it even more compelling for artists to download as they’re opening museums up and taking us inside. No longer content with looking down on art museums from above, they have zoomed in on paintings hanging on the walls. They have gone in armed with some amazing technology too, revealing every crack and brush stroke on each painting.Continue Reading

LIFE Photo Archive on Google

LIFE is teaming up with Google to create a massive online database of more than 10 million photos from the 1750s through to today. It is a work in progress but there is already an impressive collection of photographs online now.Continue Reading

Major Picasso Harlequin Withdrawn from Auction

An important Pablo Picasso painting has been withdrawn from a Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction in New York. The 1909 work titled “Arlequin” was expected to make more than $30 million.Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso Auction in Sydney

A Pablo Picasso painting is being auctioned this week in Sydney, Australia at Deutscher-Menzies. The 1954 work titled “Sylvette” is expected to set a record for a painting auctioned in Australia with an estimate of between $5,000,000 and 7,000,000.Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso and His Collection in Brisbane

During my recent walkabout I was feeling artsick (kind of like being homesick, but it’s art that you miss) so I drove on to the city of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. It’s not a city that you would usually go to if you’re feeling artsick, but there was an exhibition of Picasso and his personal art collection on at the Gallery of Modern Art, so I had to go.Continue Reading

Google Celebrates Diego Velazquez

The famous Spanish artist Diego Velázquez is on the Google homepage today. Google has appropriated the Spaniard’s Las Meninas from 1656 (The Maids of Honour.)

Famous Spanish ArtistI don’t think Google has integrated their logo very well with the painting but I still love that they continue to celebrate artists in this way.