by Donald Jarvis, Source: Winchester Galleries/http://winchestergalleriesltd.com/artists/jarvis/1/

Who was Donald Jarvis?

It is truly rare to become captivated by more than one piece in an artist’s collection. However, the same cannot be said of one of Canada’s most overlooked abstract artists, whose works are a series of alluring glimpses not only into his riveting imagination, but also his philosophy. Jarvis once proclaimed “I am not a creator. How can one create what is already there” only … Continue reading Who was Donald Jarvis?

Portrait of Gao Yong's Wife, ink on paper by Ren Yi (1840-1896), 
Public Domain

Ren Yi: The Decline of Literary Symbolism and the Rise of Aesthetics in Pre-Modern China

Chinese historiography recounts Ren Y i (Ren Bonian) as a talented child. They say that when he was asked to name a stranger he just had met briefly, he could not remember the name but could produce a portrait of such striking resemblance, there would be no doubt of the man’s identity (Yu-chih Lai, 554). Figure painting is what defined Ren Yi, yet his precociousness … Continue reading Ren Yi: The Decline of Literary Symbolism and the Rise of Aesthetics in Pre-Modern China

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Bloom on Canvas

Nature, and more specifically its minutiae, comprises probably the oldest topic of recorded artwork – dating from the documentation of prehistoric animal and tree life in the cave scrawls of our ancestors, to Van Gogh’s Irises, arguably the most lucrative bouquet in history. This week I’ll be reviewing some of the most famous flowers of the art world and the inspiration behind their conception or … Continue reading Bloom on Canvas

Marc Chagall

The Construction of Reality Through Thoughts: Marc Chagall’s I and the Village

Marc Chagall’s I And The Village has been described as a “dreamy” landscape whose very ludicrous nature cannot even be categorized as solely Cubist, Fauvist or Impressionist, but rather as all three movements. In fact, I and the Village as an art piece is many things, and to find one concrete definition is close to impossible. However, there is no doubt that Chagall is denoting … Continue reading The Construction of Reality Through Thoughts: Marc Chagall’s I and the Village

John Everett Millais (1829–1896) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q159606
Title	
English: The Vale of Rest
Deutsch: Das Tal der Stille
Français : La Vallée de la Paix
Русский: Юдоль Покоя
Date	September 1858
Medium	oil on canvas
Dimensions	support: 1029 x 1727 mm frame: 1423 x 2102 x 133 mm
Current location	
Tate Britain Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:q195436
Accession number	N01507
Object history	Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

”Truth to Nature” and The ”Nature of Truth”: An Analysis of Millais’ Last True Pre-Raphaelite Work

Ruskin distinctly believed that the expression of art can only be truthful if it remained a statement “of any fact of nature” to imply, the rather anachronistic view that art was meant to simply capture nature as provided by providence. Yet, his boldness did not end there, as in his Modern Painters he hauntingly argued that all art which bases its elements on the natural … Continue reading ”Truth to Nature” and The ”Nature of Truth”: An Analysis of Millais’ Last True Pre-Raphaelite Work

Nicolae Vermont

Nicolae Vermont: Art of The People

Art is terribly difficult thing to appreciate. The reason for this is not only because it is hard to understand, but those critics who are worthy of criticizing art should constantly be asking themselves: am I genuinely worthy of criticizing someone else’s work? Why does my word even matter? I ask myself this every day, and have been since I have become fascinated not only … Continue reading Nicolae Vermont: Art of The People

Arnold Daghani- The Art of Polemics

The Art of Arnold Daghani

Arnold Daghani was born to a Jewish-Romanian family in Suceava in 1909. His family was not particularly wealthy like many  his contemporaries. After he finished military service he worked for a German traveler company for a few years were he traveled across Europe. However eventually he resettled in Bucovina, Romania and started his own family. Daghani and his family was a Holocast survivor. He was … Continue reading The Art of Arnold Daghani

Jew praying with tallis.

Iosef Iser(1881-1958)

Iosif Iser was a Romanian-Jewish artist, and in fact one of the greatest in the Expressionist movement. Iser was an artist that wanted to provoke its viewers and even the society around him. I dare say, he wanted to even offend some people in his work. This is why we admire him. His work is the very quintessential expression of Jewish-European art in the 20′ … Continue reading Iosef Iser(1881-1958)