The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso – The Hidden Meaning

The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso – The Hidden Meaning

With time it is clear that sentiments have become more attractive than aesthetics in the art world. Expressionism is one such art movement that emphasizes emotional expression over idealized beauty. A pioneer of this movement is the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso who used his art as a form of catharsis. During his career, he explored…

Vanitas Paintings: A list of Famous Vanitas Art

Vanitas Paintings: A list of Famous Vanitas Art

Vanitas is a form of Dutch art characterized by realism, symbols of mortality, and life’s futility.  The term ‘vanitas’ is a Latin word that refers to vanity or the impermanence of worldly pursuits. Vanitas paintings became an important subtype of realistic art during the 17th century. This new subsection of realism emphasized the symbolism of…

The Laughing Cavalier: The Story and Analysis

The Laughing Cavalier: The Story and Analysis

The oddly smug ‘Laughing Cavalier’ was created by Frans Hals in 1624. While there is nothing special about the portrait of a rich man, some distinctive features make this work the highlight of Hals’ career. Frans Hals was a painter from the southern Netherlands who worked with upper-class Dutch royals of the time. The rich…

The Lighthouse at Two Lights: An Analysis of Hopper’s Solitude

The Lighthouse at Two Lights: An Analysis of Hopper’s Solitude

Edward Hopper’s work is characterized by heavy tones of solitude and a lack of drama. These features in his paintings are not always purposeful and almost seem like a force of habit. By separating his art from theatrics he gives us the pure impression of nature as he sees it. His painting ‘The Lighthouse at…