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Renita Shelley

Renita Shelley is an artist in heart and soul. She combines her interest in history with her love for the world of art to educate you about the most famous artists. From the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to the troubled life of Vincent van Gogh, she is a walking encyclopedia who loves to share the stories about the most fascinating and creative people in human history.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Odilon Redon

Many artists of the 19th century completely switched their styles to experiment with new emerging trends. Very few did so radically as this French artist. Odilon Redon (1840-1916) not only abandoned the style that made him successful in the 1880s, he also chose to use a different medium altogether. It was a good choice because …

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What is Art Nouveau?

By the end of the 19th century, many ambitious and aspiring Art Nouveau artists thought it was time for something new. That’s why the art movement that emerged at this time in art history is referred to as “Art Nouveau” which translates to “New Art.” This international movement encompassed architecture, and decorative art, and gradually …

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Top 8 Interesting Facts about Bronzino

The 16th century was an important transition period in the history of art. Many young aspiring artists believed that everything in art had already been achieved. You can’t really blame them because Mannerist artists had to walk in the footsteps of the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. One of the painters who …

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What is Fauvism Art?

When Impressionism emerged in the 1860s, it became an art movement that revolutionized the history of art indefinitely. It sprung from the Realism movement and Impressionist artists never detached from depicting subject matter in a representative way. This all changed in the first years of the 20th century when a group of artists radically changed …

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Top 8 Interesting Facts about Franz Marc

The years before the outbreak of World War I was an exciting time in art history as many revolutionary new painting techniques and styles were developed. This also applied to Germany where a German artist developed a color theory that shocked the art world for multiple decades. Franz Marc (1880-1916) was an Expressionist artist who …

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Top 8 Famous Colombian Artists

Art in the region that covers modern-day Colombia has a history that goes back thousands of years. Pottery and ceramics dating back to 3100 B.C. have been found at an archaeological site called Puerto Hormiga near the Caribbean Coast. Art became much more sophisticated over the centuries n the form of goldwork and sculptures. Quimbaya …

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What is Post-Impressionist Art?

The Impressionist art movement was one of the precursors of modern art, but several artists of the 1870s and 1880s became dissatisfied with it. The natural depiction of light, trivial subject matter and the disjointed compositions of Impressionist paintings were rectified as Post-Impressionist artists emerged in the mid-1880s. What is Post-Impressionist Art? What are some …

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Top 8 Interesting Facts about Alfred Sisley

Born and raised in Paris, this English artist only spent brief periods in his native country as he lived and worked most of his life in France. Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) was one of the leading Impressionist artists of the 19th century and his entire oeuvre almost exclusively consists of landscape paintings. The beautiful French landscape …

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