Visual & Decorative Arts Blog

Vincent van Gogh: The Anniversary of a Master

Posted by Matt Knight

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

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

Posted by Matt Knight

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

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

Posted by Matt Knight

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

Pre-Raphaelites, Artists w. 21st Century Minds | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

In our last blog we looked at the conception of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, their artistic missions and subsequent fall from favour. Today we look at how the movement developed after this initial series of rebukes before enjoying a second phase, building upon its prior popularity right up to the modern day.

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Topics: Masterpieces of Art, pre-raphaelites

Pre-Raphaelites, 167 years before their time? | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

Recently a Pre-Raphaelite study was found, of all places, behind a door! Said door was within a 16th century manor house owned by Bamber Gascoigne, former University Challenge host.

The study's significance stems from its relationship to one of the most iconic Pre-Raphaelite images of all time, Flaming June. Recognised across the world, the original is hosted in the municipal art museum of Puerto Rico’s second biggest city, Ponce.

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Topics: Masterpieces of Art, pre-raphaelites

When Science and Art Collide: Pioneers of Anatomic Art

Posted by Matt Knight

It was European artists who first strove to depict the human body as accurately as possible. However, to achieve figures that were truly lifelike artists had to invest in study of the human body. This meant not only noting the body's outer appearance but also its inner workings, in particular the muscles and tendons that work in tandem to make movement and posture possible. 

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Topics: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Masterpieces of Art

Michelangelo's Sculptures | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

Michelangelo is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. His mastery of carving the human body with incredible realistic detail continues to impress us to this day. His most famous sculpture, David, stands impressively today at the Accademia Gallery in Florence. It is no wonder that we are adding Michelangelo to our Masterpieces of Art series. In a previous blog, we took a close look at the greatest sculpture ever achieved by a single man. If you missed it, click here to read more.

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Topics: Michelangelo, Masterpieces of Art

Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, and The Woman in Gold | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

With the upcoming movie 'Woman in Gold' soon to be released, we thought it would be a great time to revisit one of our favourite artists at Flame Tree, Gustav Klimt. 'Woman in Gold,' as you may know, is based off the true story of Maria Altman's attempt to reclaim her aunt's portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I. We have already discussed Klimts works in great detail, including 'The Kiss' and the 'Tree of Life'. With the approach of the movie, we return to Klimt's works and explore the woman behind the painting. Just who was Adele Bloch-Bauer?

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Topics: Gustav Klimt, Masterpieces of Art

Edvard Munch's The Scream | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

The Scream is Edvard Munch's most famous work of art. It is easily recognisable and eternally haunting. The figure at the centre opens its mouth in an almost audible scream of agony while colours swirl in the background. But what influenced Munch to create this masterpiece? With the upcoming release of our new book Edvard Munch: Masterpieces of Art, we take a look at Munch's life and the influences that led to the Scream.

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Topics: Edvard Munch, Masterpieces of Art

Mondrian & His Later Years | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

In our previous blog on Mondrian, we learned about his early life and influences. We started exploring the path Mondrian took to get from strict Dutch traditional Impressionism to the abstract work we now know him for. If you missed our first instalment, check it out here.

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Topics: Masterpieces of Art, Piet Mondrian

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