Living is the most beautiful painting, the rest is just paint

I think it was summer because it was hot in the rooms of the Hermitage. I had spent several days without even leaving my adored seventeenth century, when I found myself with Kees Van Dongen. It was a ¨coup de foudre¨ and since then, every time I see one of his paintings, my heart skips a beat. Kees was born in Delfshaven in 1877, a suburb of Rotterdam. Showing early artistic promise, he studied in the evenings at the Académie des Beaux-Arts of Rotterdam from 1892 to 1897. In 1899, van Dongen settled in Paris. What Andy Warhol was to

The exoticizing look

One month ago, Alicia Forneri and I discussed the influence of Spanish folklore in the artistic movements around the world. So, here is her post about it… While it is true that there have been  great travelers from Spain, and that our country has made a significant contribution to the discovery and description of other peoples and cultures, it is also to be noted that  especially in the nineteenth century, we were the ones who woke up the curiosity of travelers from the rest of Europe. The nineteenth -century romantic look became the root for the creation of many Spanish

The Fascination of Japanese Art

Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, Japanese art became very appealing to and influential on the West. Known as Japonisme, this fascination represents one of the richest and most productive artistic and cultural phenomena in the relationship between East and West. The reopening of Japanese ports in the 1860s marked the birth of Japonisme, which eventually became one of the most important and essential elements of artistic modernity in Europe during the latter half of the 1800s. Japonisme went far beyond a simple, superficial interpretation based on the popularity of exotic forms and orientalist themes. Not only did it provide subjects,

Surrealism and the Dream

Refletions on the new exposition in the Thyssen Museum   Many, who have visited expositions with me, have heard me talk about surrealism. From my personal opinion, surrealism started in Bosco´s Garden of the Delicias in 1503 and continues with Arcimboldo´s ¨Spring¨in 1563 – which we can find in the magnificent Academy of Bellas Artes of San Fernando. It is from there that we can divulge into the whimsical works of Goya, before putting ourselves in front of the surrealism of the 20th century. In Spain, to speak of surrealism is to speak of  Salvador Dalí   Dalí arrived to Madrid

Salvador Dalí Art & Science

It is my  pleasure to introduce a new post of  Teresa Vega  about Salvador Dalí , a Spanish painter, draughtsman, illustrator, sculptor, writer and film maker. One of the most prolific artists of the 20th century, his fantastic imagery and flamboyant personality also made him one of the best known. His most significant artistic contribution was through his association with Surrealism. A few days ago, the amazing Dali Exhibition at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid finished, after attracting more than 730.000 visitors, making it the most visited art show in the history of our city.Fortunately The Reina Sofia permanent