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Dogs Playing Poker August 31, 2019

Dogs Playing Poker refers to a series of paintings by artist, C. M. Coolidge. It was commissioned in 1903 by the Brown & Bigelow marketing company Although it may not be a classic in the art world, but ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ does have quite the history. Here are some facts you may not know.  1. Created To Promote Cigars In 1903, the Brown & Bigelow advertising company he was commissioned to do some paintings for…

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Banksy August 30, 2019

Banksy is probably the world’s most famous, albeit anonymous, street artist. He is best known for his satirical graffiti  and subversive epigrams done in his distinctive, stencilling technique. These are often multi-layered, and combined with other media sources, such as spray-paint. His art is found on streets, walls, and bridges in cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Although in his early days he sold photos and reproductions…

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Found Art August 24, 2019

Found Art (objet trouvé) is a genre of art that refers to artworks created from everyday, often discarded, objects. In most cases, the objects used in found art originally had a non-artistic purpose. Typically, the artist will modify these ‘found objects’, or display them in a context that is decidedly different from the viewers expectations. The Origins Pablo Picasso first presaged the idea when he pasted a printed image of a chair onto his painting,…

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A Brief History of Landscape Art August 17, 2019

Landscapes are one of the most commonly painted genres in the art world. The word landscape is derived from a Dutch word, landschap, for ‘tract of land’. It was not used to refer to a genre of painting, though, until the 1500s. The ancient Greeks and Romans decorated their walls with landscapes. But, prior to the 16th century, landscapes were generally never the subject matter of paintings. The 15th century masters did incorporate landscapes as a…

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The Art of the Neon Sign August 14, 2019

In the 1930s and ’40s gleaming neon signs were to be found everywhere. The colorful, eye-catching signage imparted an air of glamour and excitement. Neon signs became the rage, and ‘main street’ establishments everywhere advertised their presence in neon lights. Within only a few short years, major avenues were transformed with the artistic illumination of these colorful signs. Neon Becomes Kitschy Barely 30 years later, however, the medium had lost much of its glamour. The…

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Historic Notre Dame Fire August 13, 2019

On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out below the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral, destroying the cathedral’s spire and roof. Thankfully, due to its vaulted ceiling made of stone, the interior of the cathedral escaped being extensively damaged. In particular, the cathedral’s three pipe organs, as well as its three 13th century stained glass windows, suffered almost no damage. French authorities ruled out any criminal culpability. Instead, it’s thought that an electrical fault,…

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An Art Museum Bucket List August 9, 2019

Cultural heritage informs and defines the identity of any society. It is the expression of a society’s history and values. That’s why, no matter what country you go to, its museums will be high on your list of interesting places to visit. Here are 10 of the world’s most significant art museums. If you are a traveller, they should all be on your ‘bucket list’. 1. Musée du Louvre – Paris, France Once the fortified…

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The ‘Art’ of Photography August 7, 2019

Photographs tell us what is important. When you ask people what possessions they would rescue from their burning house, one of the most frequent answers used to be the photograph album. Now, in the digital age, it’s just as likely to be their cel phone or computer. How interesting it is that, in a panic, we may value our photos even more than our jewelry or other personal items. The impulse to immortalize our memories…

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The Story of the Theft of Mona Lisa August 2, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Lisa Gherardini, more commonly known as ‘Mona Lisa’ , has a scandalous history. Mona Lisa Discovered Missing On August 21, 1911, for instance, someone stole the Mona Lisa from The Louvre museum. French painter, Louis Béroud arrived at The Louvre the following day, on August 22nd, to make a sketch of the famous painting. However, he noticed that the painting was missing, and alerted the the guards. Authorities immediately closed…

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15 Fun Facts About British Columbia August 1, 2019

Geography 1. The length of BC’s coastline is over 27,000 kilometres. With an area of 944,735 square kilometres (364,764 sq mi), BC is Canada’s third-largest province. In fact, the province is nearly four times the size of the United Kingdom, more than twice as large as Japan, and larger than every single state in the US (except for Alaska).  2. Two-thirds of British Columbia’s land base is forested land. Surprisingly, more than half of that area has been extensively…

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