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Van Gogh was colorblind

August17

asada’s memorandum The Day I Saw Van Gogh’s Genius in a New Light
There were prints of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings in the room. Under the filtered light, I found that these paintings looked different from the van Gogh which I had always seen. I love van Gogh’s paintings and have been fortunate to view a number of the originals in various art museums. This painter has a somewhat strange way to use color. Although the use of color is rich, lines of different colors run concurrently, or a point of different color suddenly appears. I’ve heard it conjectured that van Gogh had color vision deficiency.

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Monet at work.

March8

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BBC News - Working with Lucian Freud

February6

BBC News - Working with Lucian Freud
Famous for his portraits and nudes, Lucian Freud was one of the most influential artists of his generation. Now, six months after his death, two major exhibitions showcase his distinctive work - at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

During his 20 years as the artist’s assistant, model and friend, David Dawson witnessed the creation of some of Freud’s most celebrated works. Here, as some of his own art also goes on display in Chichester, he gives a unique insight into what life was like in the notoriously private world of Lucian Freud.

Video included.

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Body Painting: The Human Canvases of Danny Setiawan | Mole Empire

November3

Body Painting: The Human Canvases of Danny Setiawan | Mole Empire
Body painting may come in many forms. A good form of body painting manages to hide nudity and replace it with paint. And if you catch a glimpse of these women, you’ll see that Danny Setiawan replaced nakedness with famous artworks.

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The Local - Stolen art works ‘crushed by rubbish truck’

October12

The Local - Stolen art works ‘crushed by rubbish truck’
Five paintings worth €100 million ($135 million) including works by Picasso, Matisse and Modigliano, could have been tossed into a rubbish bin and crushed according to one of the suspects.

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Salvador Dali - Mike Wallace interview 1958 - Part 2/2 - YouTube

October5

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Salvador Dali - Mike Wallace interview 1958 - Part 1/2 - YouTube

October5

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Historically accurate varnishes

June9

Western Maryland Gallery offers unique historically-accurate painting varnishes and mediums intended for use with both handground oil paint and today’s commercial ‘tube’ colors. Some of these varnishes have been used as far back as the 1400’s. All of these varnishes/mediums allow certain desirable effects not attainable through the use of straight oil-and-pigment paint alone. They produce proper effects when used with either an ‘all fixed-oil’ (no solvents) painting technique, as well as those methods involving turpentine, or other spirit-use. Oil paintings made with these same historical additives have shown excellence in craftsmanship and durability down through the ages. Most are oil varnishes- rather than spirit varnishes. These varnishes and mediums appear to have truly stood the test of time ; and based on the historical evidence, these varnishes and mediums will not darken or weaken oil paint with age.

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Amazing Hyper-Realist Still Life Painters ‹ Recave

May27

Amazing Hyper-Realist Still Life Painters ‹ Recave
Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high resolution photograph. Hyperreal paintings and sculptures are not strict interpretations of photographs, nor are they literal illustrations of a particular scene or subject. Instead, they utilize additional, often subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of reality. We present below sample work from some of the best hyper-realist painters out there.

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Archaeologists Bring Mona Lisa’s Top Model to Light

May17

Archaeologists Bring Mona Lisa’s Top Model to Light
Archaeologists in Florence, Italy, are digging for the bones of the woman who may have sat for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic and enigmatic “Mona Lisa,” which now hangs in the Louvre. With the help of ground-penetrating radar machines, they are on the verge of unsealing a tomb thought to contain the remains of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the most widely accepted candidate for the world-renowned painting’s model. The team hopes that facial reconstruction technology will finally put a name to one of the most recognizable and cryptic expressions in portraiture.

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