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Restoration and the promise of new life

Plate 28 : “Celui qui croit en moi, fut-il mort, vivra” John 11:25 Having recently celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the liturgical calendar, these paintings by Georges Rouault speak to me as a Christian with a … Continue reading

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No longer bound by the shackles of reality

The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown. – Rene Magritte The unknown meanings of surrealist paintings such as those of Rene Magritte are precisely why this … Continue reading

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The “dream-like” nature of Surrealism

Though art has always been a source of inspiration for different ideologies with symbolism and subliminal political and religious messages, it is arguably not until the 20th century that we begin to see its influence stretch beyond just forming ideas … Continue reading

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La femme et l’impressionisme

Femmes au Jardin – Claude Monet Dance Class- Edgar Degas La petite danseuse de quatorze ans- Edgar Degas

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Les femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement

Les artistes de cette période du romantisme comme Eugene Delacroix s’intéressaient beaucoup a l’exotique, tout ce qui n’était pas commun ou familier, surtout au lointaine et le mystère, qui étaient pour eux plus authentique comme des sujets que les sujets … Continue reading

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Delacroix and David: Where politics and the oriental meet Western Art

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Rococo style art as a monarchy’s attestation of power and wealth

With the movement of Rococo Art that resonated in the luxurious decoration of royal palaces in 18th century France and the many portraits painted of nobles during the reign of Louis XV and Louis XIV, there is this evidence of … Continue reading

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