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Four Stories About Four Master Artists That You Might Not Know | Masterpieces of Art

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Often when we think of artists, we think of their major works. But aside from the impact they may have had on the art world, how much do we really know about these important figures? Today’s blog take a quick tour of four master artists, recounting a few interesting details from their early lives that you might not have know… 

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Topics: Alphonse Mucha, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Erte, Vincent van Gogh

The Best Art Exhibitions in England (and one in the U.S.A.) | What's On in London

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As proud suppliers of products to several London art galleries, we like to stay on top of what is going on around the country. As we inch toward the start of the new school term, there's still time to get out and see some incredible art. Perhaps you'll see something in this list to spur you on to an artistic outing.

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Topics: street art, Arts and Crafts, pre-raphaelites, William Morris

Edgar Degas' Dancers | Masterpieces of Art

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Last month saw the auction of of Degas' ballerina go to auction Sotheby's. Philip Hook, senior director at the auction house spoke about the work's importance. “It is one of the three or four great sculptural images of the last two centuries. You’ve got Rodin’s The Kiss and Rodin’s The Thinker and this is up there with them in terms of importance and recognisability ... it is such a classic.

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Topics: Edgar Degas

Vincent van Gogh: The Anniversary of a Master

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Summer is in full swing, which means there is plenty of time to fully enjoy the numerous museums and galleries around England. But this July art lovers should draw their attention to one artist in particular: Vincent van Gogh. For reasons bigger than the general appreciation of his incredible artwork, July 29th brings a bigger celebration: the 125th anniversary of Gogh’s death and incredibly memorable career.

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Topics: Vincent van Gogh, Masterpieces of Art

Alphonse Mucha: Formation of an Artist | Masterpieces of Art

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In part one of our Alphonse Mucha blog we looked at his amateur years, if you missed it just click here to take a look. We saw how Mucha’s early life built the stepping-stones for future opportunities. Today we look at the next phase of his life that started him on the road to his future fame. 

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Topics: Alphonse Mucha, art nouveau

Alphonse Mucha: Amateur Years | Masterpieces of Art

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When studying famous artists, educational systems and textbooks like to highlight the bigger picture of the artist’s life: they tend to gloss over the events that have contributed to someone’s fame and success. What about the before, middle and end secrets hidden between the cracks of an artist’s glorious publications?

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Topics: Alphonse Mucha, art nouveau

Gay Pride and Designer Erté | Art of Fine Gifts

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History was made this past weekend as the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Of course, news of this monumental event put an extra cheer into the Pride day celebrations on Saturday. Elaborate outfits and exceptional fashion paraded its way down the streets of London as pure love for the gay community was visually expressed. Reminiscing in all the outfits and designs, one would only know that the famous Art Deco designer, Erté, would have loved to be a part of this celebration.

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Topics: art deco, Erte

Arts & Crafts: 1880 to the Turn of the Century | Masterpieces of Art

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Continuing on from our last post, today's article looks at the changes in the Arts and Crafts movement between 1800 right up to the turn of the century. Need to catch up? Click here for part 1. 

By the 1880s the enthusiasm for the Gothic Revival as a decorative style was waning but its ethos was very much alive. The notion of hand-crafted products became a point of focus for a more humane society that eschewed factory mass production as a social evil. 

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Topics: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Arts and Crafts, Masterpieces of Art

A Roundup of UK Art Gallery News | Masterpieces of Art

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There's been a handful of interesting developments across the art world recently. Here's a condensed summary of what's gone on, with links to the full length articles.

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Topics: National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Leonardo da Vinci

The Arts & Crafts Movement and Key Players | Masterpieces of Art

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One of the most wide-reaching and influential art movements of the 20th century, the Arts and Crafts movement has had a significant impact on how we perceive design. 

Founded in 1880, the movement brought together like-minded creators from around the world. This resulted in a wide array of works within the movement, whilst their individual aesthetics could vary wildly. 

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Topics: Arts and Crafts, Masterpieces of Art, William Morris

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