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Painting Techniques | Perspective

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

So often people look at a picture – the end-product of an artist’s endeavour – for the form and content, and do not focus on the technicalities. A knowledge of the methods, techniques and materials and how they interact provides an invaluable insight into the art of different periods and styles as well as a better understanding of the individual artist.

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Topics: art of fine gifts, renaissance art, how to paint

Top 10 Flame Tree Calendars | Illustrations | Rupert Bear and Others

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Intricate, beautiful, detailed, charming and nostalgic – this selection of illustrated 2017 calendars are a delight to behold. From beloved children’s characters like Miffy and Elmer or the nostalgia of Rupert Bear and the Moomins, to the wonderful Art Deco fashion drawings from the Courtauld Gallery’s collection, there’s something for everyone.

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Topics: art calendars, illustration, Flame Tree Calendars

Top 10 Flame Tree Calendars | Photography | RSC and Others

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week it’s the turn of our photography calendars to take the spotlight. From spectacular visions of the night sky to historical London or great sporting moments in football, here are 10 of our best photographic calendars.

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Topics: photography, Flame Tree Calendars

Top 10 Flame Tree Calendars | 20th-century Artists | Erté and Others

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Our visually stunning art calendars feature a fantastic collection of works from prominent and beloved artists. Here’s a rundown of 10 of our best 2017 wall calendars featuring work from 20th-century artists.

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Topics: visual arts, art deco, art calendars, modern art, Flame Tree Calendars

Top 10 Paintings | 'The Persistence of Memory' by Salvador Dalí

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Salvador Dalí was the most complex and possibly most controversial artist of the twentieth century. Although his popularity with the public at large has never been in question, the attitude of the art world towards this giant of twentieth-century art has often been more ambivalent. The 1930s are referred to as Dalí's Surrealist period and it was during this decade that he created many of his best-known works. This includes his iconic The Persistence of Memory (1931).

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Topics: surrealism, salvador dali

Top 10 Paintings | ‘Starry Night Over the Rhône’ by Vincent van Gogh

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) is without a doubt one of the most famous artists of the Western world. The record auction prices achieved for his paintings, fuelled by the desire to own a part of this troubled soul, are now legendary. In a letter to his sister Willemina, Van Gogh wrote: ‘Often it seems to me night is even more richly coloured than day’, something which is evinced in his beautiful night painting Starry Night Over the Rhône (1888).

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Topics: Vincent van Gogh, Post-impressionism

Top 10 Paintings | 'The Kiss' by Gustav Klimt

Posted by Laura Bulbeck
One of the founders of the Vienna Secession movement, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) is often regarded as the greatest painter of the Art Nouveau period. The Kiss (1907–08), possibly Klimt's most famous work, is a shining example of his ‘ golden phase’. Klimt had experimented with using gold in some of his earlier works, such as Pallas Athene (1898) and Judith I (1901), but he now started to use increasingly sumptuous ornamentation on a regular basis.

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Topics: Gustav Klimt, Viennese Secession

Top 10 Painters | Edward Hopper

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The American artist Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was a popular portrayer of atmospheric modern life, from his depictions of the isolated and pensive figures in the city to the quiet intensity and melancholy of his houses and seascapes.

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Topics: Edward Hopper, American art

Top 10 Painters | Gustav Klimt

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) is renowned as a quintessential artist of the Art Nouveau movement, but he was one of a number of Viennese artists who strove to break free of the constraints of the late 19th century academic art establishment.

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Topics: Gustav Klimt, art nouveau, Viennese Secession

Top 10 Painters | Edgar Degas

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

A French painter and graphic artist, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was one of the leading members of the Impressionist circle.

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Topics: Edgar Degas, Impressionism

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