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Still-life painting became popular in Europe in the seventeenth century. Lacking the traditional patronage of Church and court, Dutch artists excelled at these banquet table scenes. They were especially popular among the growing merchant class who…

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Faint graphite lines divide Untitled #5 into nine equal bands; the hand-drawn marks lend the canvas a sense of rhythm. Inspired by nature but resolutely abstract, Agnes Martin’s spare paintings are, in her words, “about the infinite”—a subtle…

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During his training at the Arts Academy of Düsseldorf, Albert Bierstadt engaged deeply with the spiritual and sensory tenets of German Romanticism. The movement, both intellectual and aesthetic, emphasized sublime or transcendent experience—a…

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Alfred Jensen merged color theory with grids and symmetrical arrangements of writing, numbers, signs, and symbols, to transmute complex scientific, linguistic, and mathematical systems into thickly painted compositions. Jensen described his work as…

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A cofounder of the Association of Concrete Art and Invention, Alfredo Hlito synthesized his interests in abstraction and Marxism. Many leftist artists favored social realism. Hlito, however, believed figurative art was deceptive and illusionism…

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Alfredo Jaar is known for his poignant and politically charged projects. He has traveled the world “bearing witness,” as he says, to some of the world's most devastating tragedies, crises, and conflicts. In 1985 he traveled to Serra Pelada, an…

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Alice Neel’s painting of two well-known New York art critics is uncomfortably provocative. The unexpected intimacy of the subjects’ poses, their opposing states of dress and undress, and their awkward, unflattering body language are not typical…

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French poet Alice Rahon traveled to Mexico in 1939 and decided to stay when war broke out in Europe, joining a group of fellow expatriates interested in Surrealism. She began painting in the 1940s. In this almost abstract work, she borrows the…

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This lovely panel appears to render the passage from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which Diana and her nymphs discover that one of their companions, Callisto, has been made pregnant by Jupiter. The exaggerated horizontal format and size indicate that it…

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