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Amitai Sasson

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Amitai Sasson of overstockArt.com is an 'art world traveler' on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to ArtCorner.com as Chief editor and writer.

When you step out of Amsterdam Central Train Station you land in the foreground of the Dutch Empire of the 1600s - Home to legendary artists, among them, Rembrandt van Rijn. Don't visit Amsterdam without the sheer beauty and drama of the Rijksmuseum.
Summer 2016 Art Catalog

overstockArt.com, the online retailer of hand-crafted art and archival quality frames, has issued an updated version of their catalog for 2016’s summer season. The online catalog showcases selections from their impressive stock of handmade fine art oil painting reproductions. In addition to keeping up with the latest trends in art and décor, this new edition continues to enhance and simplify the shopping experience for home and professional decorators.
Wall Art

If you’ve ever wished you could afford impressively beautiful décor for the walls of your home, I’ve got some good news – it’s not as hard as you think. Find out about the stunning options that more and more people are choosing to complete their homes.
Spring Art Catalog

overstockArt.com, the online retailer of hand-crafted art and archival quality frames, has released a new Spring Catalog for 2016. The online catalog illustrates a remarkable line of hand-painted fine art reproductions. The newest edition of this part of the retailer’s blossoming repertoire both enhances and simplifies the shopping experience for home and professional decorators.overstockArt.com’s 2016 Spring Catalog rests upon a versatile, responsive, and intuitive platform makes browsing quick and painless. The highly-interactive flip-book allows users to magnify individual artworks and frames and selectively share their favorites. It seamlessly incorporates a live feed of prices, descriptions, and analyses for every piece. The catalog features richly colored, high quality photographs and links to all of the products featured, whether on your computer or on your mobile device.Featuring hundreds of the most beloved hand-painted artworks curated from overstockArt.com’s 10,000-plus selection, it is divided into various Art Collections, including choices from bourgeoning contemporary artists in the 'Artist Become' collection, as well as a mixture of museum quality frames to best compliment your chosen works of art. "Our mission at overstockArt.com is to make shopping for art into a rich and fun experience, we achieve this by removing all the doubts from the buying process...
Amedeo Modigliani Nudo Disteso

The recent Christie's sale of Amedeo Modigliani's “Reclining Nude” brought in $170.4 million at auction. Who was the winning bidder? Celebrity Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian.The former cab driver dropped driving and amassed his fortune in the stock market. The well-known art collector owns two museums in Shanghai. The Long Museum Pudong and the Long Museum West Bund house Liu's collection. This is soon to include the Modigliani. Liu has chosen to display the nude in a place where everyone in China can see it without having to travel abroad. This is the first time in which the work has been up for auction in 60 years.The sale of the Modigliani was roughly $100 million more than the previous auction high for any work by the artist. While the price doesn't put this sale into first place, it does come in at second. The top-selling auction price for an artwork is currently held by Pablo Picasso's “Les Femmes d'Alger” at nearly $180 million.Painted in 1917, “Reclining Nude” (Nudo Disteso) is one of a series that is influenced by the Italian Renaissance depictions of the idealized female form (such as Venus). The artist chose to spotlight the erotic aspects of the...

You've made a small fortune for yourself, and now you're ready to invest. Looking at the current financial landscape there is not a lot of long-term investment opportunities that you can really feel comfortable with: The interest rates at the bank is at an all-time-low, the stock market is as volatile as ever, and you don't enjoy the maintenance and headaches of owning real-estate. So where does one turn to?Many are turning to the art world these days in hope of uncovering the next Picasso of our days, however, as a first time art buyer you’re not entirely sure where to start. From choosing the art to knowing where to get it (and what's a fair price to pay), understanding how to start the process is a must. Unless you want to waste time, money and possibly wind up with a room filled with art that you just can't stand to see, take a look at these tips for newbies to the art investment world.Get to Know Your Own StyleThere isn't just one 'valuable' type of art. What's hot in the art world changes constantly. In the beginning stage there's no need to chase after the latest trends....
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Don McLean wrote the song Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) many years after Van Gogh's tragic death, but a closer look to the lyrics reveal how deep McLean's words dive into Vincent Van Gogh's life-story. As if McLean was able to tap into the tormented soul of the artist in those horrifying moments.Here is a comparison between the lyrics of the song Vincent and Vincent Van Gogh's Actual Life:Expressing Van Gogh's ability to sit and be immersed in nature as some of the other Impressionist of the time is somewhat misleading."Look out on a summer's day." Many of Van Gogh's famous works were painted when he was in an asylum at Saint-Remy, so most of his work were done from memory. Starry, starry night. Paint your palette blue and grey, Look out on a summer's day, With eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills, Sketch the trees and the daffodils, Catch the breeze and the winter chills, In colors on the snowy linen land.These are references to some of the more famous Van Gogh paintings: Flaming Flowers: The Sunflower Series Swirling Clouds: Starry Night Field of Amber Grain: Wheat Field with Crows Weathered Faces: The Potato Eaters. Starry, starry night. Flaming flowers...
Top 10 Mother’s Day Paintings for 2015

overstockArt.com, the online art gallery of hand painted art, revealed today their Top 10 Mother’s Day Art list for 2015. Based on a detailed inbound traffic analysis, the site has ranked the top art choices for moms in 2015:Le tre eta della donna (Mother and Child), Gustav Klimt. Influenced by the avant-garde movement of his time, Klimt’s sensitive portrayal of a mother and child is tender, yet rich with design and imagery. The gentle scene depicts a young child drifting off to sleep on his mother’s shoulder. Sweet, serene and symbolic, this masterful work represents the deep love that only a mother and child can share. Madame Monet and Her Son, Claude Monet. Originally painted in 1875, Monet captures the gentle breeze and lux light in his Impressionist style brushstrokes. Unlike the traditional portraiture of the time, Monet turned his back on convention and created figures in much the same style as his landscapes. Featuring portraits of the artist’s wife and son, this work is a bright, sunny Mother’s Day treat. Mother and Child, Lord Frederic Leighton. The 1865 painting features a loving mother-daughter scene. With a love of classical and biblical themes, Leighton’s art features a realistic style that is...
Musee d'Orsay lift photo ban

Following suit with other major art institutions, the Musee d'Orsay lifted its ban on photography this spring. With roughly 3.5 million visitors in 2014 alone, the museum features a world class collection that includes some of the most well-known Impressionist paintings along with a range of sculptures, photographs and architectural drawings. Starting in 2009, the museum put a ban on all photography. While many other famed art institutions allow visitors to take pictures of their works, the museum held fast in its policy. That is until French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin snapped a pic of a Pierre Bonnard canvas.Despite the tight photo policy that the museum held, the culture ministry’s charter on the subject is much more lax – recommending that visitors use their own common sense and don’t endanger any artworks in the process.How did the world discover Pellerin’s photos? The Culture Minister posted the pictures on Instagram, setting off a social media flurry. The Internet exploded with very public outcries, citing that Pellerin was given special consideration due to her position. In response, the Musee d’Orsay rebuffed the idea that museum photography is only for a select few and immediately dropped their previous ban.Superbe exposition Bonnard au...
overstockArt.com Announces Release of Its 2015 Spring Art Catalog

overstockArt.com released its 2015 Spring Art Catalog today. The new online catalog, which showcases an impressive line of hand painted fine art reproductions, is the latest addition to the retailer’s multiple online resources available to simplify shopping for the busy home decorator.overstockArt.com’s Spring Art Catalog features more than 500 best-selling hand-painted oil paintings divided into Art Collections, Canvas Prints from up-and-coming Artist Become collection, as well as a selection of museum quality frames to best compliment your chosen work of art. The catalog is highly interactive allowing users to zoom in on the art, view product descriptions and more images of the product by clicking on the "tag" link on each painting. It is a full catalog with full color and links to all of the products featured.The 2015 Spring Art Catalog can now be accessed in four ways: 1. Access the 2015 Spring Art Catalog at http://www.overstockart.com/gcatalog.html. 2. Access the 2015 Spring Art Catalog in the Home and Gifts sections of Google Catalogs. 3. Access the 2015 Spring Art Catalog on your iPad or Android Tablets using the Google Catalogs App. 4. Access the 2015 Spring Art Catalog on your iPad or Android Tablets using the Catalogues by theFind App.“Our mission at...