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Mona Lisa still smiling... Scream still screaming...

Few paintings make the transition from museum circle legend to pop culture icon. We have our favorites, be it by Degas, da Vinci, or Duchamp. Mona Lisa and The Scream The above listed paintings are two examples of famous paintings that have achieved pop culture icon status. What else do these paintings have in common? The latter, The Scream, is a "study of my soul," according to Munch, a universal expression of human anxiety according to others. Mona Lisa is supposed by some scholars to truly be da Vinci himself. But aside from being supposed or literal interpretations of the artist, these two artistic icons have something else in common - music. Mona Lisa Inspires Nat King Cole Not yet another rigid profile painting of nobility by a notable painter, Mona Lisa is a girl who captured the world by her secretive smile. As a painting, we can impress upon her any of our experiences and imagine who Lisa del Giocondo was, what her life might have been like. We can suppose what his life might have been like, for those who favor the theory that da Vinci disguised himself in her. For those who do favor the theory, it may...

Many artists, particularly painters, have made a name for themselves for their artistic ingenuity. They've painted and brought new meaning to an object or a scene or an event. However there are seldom artists who make use of their craft in addressing day to day issues, such as poverty, love, freedom, communication, bravery, work and everyday mundane activity of human life. Norman Rockwell is one of those few. Norman Rockwell has made a great impact not only in terms of his art, but also in terms of his social contribution. To give you a glimpse of who Norman Rockwell was and what he's done that has made an indelible mark in history is to bring you back to the city of New York where he was born on February 1894. This is where he cultivated his gift under the tutelage of instructors from Chase Art School, the Academy of Design and finally the Art Students League. His artistic style was influenced by his instructors Thomas Fogarty, George Bridgman, and Frank Vincent Dumond. Norman's first major breakthrough came in 1912 at age eighteen with his first book illustration for Carl H. Claudy's Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature. This catapulted...
overstockArt.com launches view in room application

overstockArt.com is making purchasing art online a personalized and interactive experience with the launch of the “View in a Room” application. The new tool will revolutionize the way people buy wall décor online. “View in a Room” allows customers to upload an image of a wall in their home and then place oil paintings that are available through the online retailer onto their walls. This new visualization tool essentially allows users to gauge how a painting will look on their wall before purchasing it and taking it home – something they cannot do in their local gallery. “As an online retailer it is important to make shopping on our site a personal experience for our customers,” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. “‘View in a Room’ makes shopping for art online a personal, interactive experience, as people can now virtually experience the art in their home before purchasing it.” Although retail is a mature online category, shopping for wall décor online is not. As such, overstockArt.com has invested heavily in creating a unique experience shopping for art online. “This is what makes it exciting for us to offer tools that will revolutionize the buying process for an entire industry,” said Sasson. “This...

The month of March is Youth Art Month - an annual observance to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. one might ask, what is so important about art that we need an annual event to observe it? If we sit and observe whenever little kids draw, finger paint or play, it’s intriguing how they seem without self-doubt, judgment or fear of doing it wrong. A preconceived expectation of the end product doesn’t seem to play a role in what they are engaged in and in that moment they simply get lost in the doing of it. It’s as if they approach their art, free of inhibitions and with an openness to take risks, experiment and most importantly have fun. It’s as if being fully present in the moment and entering that space of spontaneity, comes so easily. I recently spoke to someone who runs a local community art school. She shared with me that they had noticed a decreased attendance in their children's art classes. When I asked why, she speculated that it was the result of kids being less and less encouraged to do art for...
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa most talked about oil painting of the decade

overstockArt.com, released today a list of the top 10 oil paintings featured in the media in the last decade. Topping the list is Leonardo Da Vinci’s internationally revered Mona Lisa. Oil paintings by master artists Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, and Johannes Vermeer also made the list. The list was composed according to appearances of the art in newsstands, television shows and motion pictures. The data was gathered using media aggregators and public Google trends statistics. “Oil paintings were featured across all media platforms throughout the last decade - the most memorable being Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa,” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. “Da Vinci’s iconic masterpiece was at the heart of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ craze and we might see a revival of that as the next Dan Brown thriller comes out in the coming decade.” The oil paintings that received the most media attention in the last decade are: The Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci – featured in the #1 best selling book of the decade and the 2006 blockbuster movie “The Da Vinci Code,” starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Gustav Klimt - according to...
Gustav Klimt's the Kiss Oil Painting

The Kiss has become one of the most popular paintings in the world and is Austrian artist Gustav Klimt's most famous painting. The Kiss Painting shows off Klimt's best known style of gold shades and symbolic additions, and it is this that has made his work so popular with modern art lovers who prefer something uplifting to add to their homes. The glowing themes of The Kiss painting by Klimt showed lovers intertwined into one being, symbolizing the strength of this bond. Some art traditionalists rejected this for its use of eroticism, but others found it refreshing. Gustav Klimt's popularity and appeal across Europe with more modern-thinking art lovers helped him to sway the seas of discontent that erupted from the erotic nature of many of his paintings. His prominent role in the Viennese Society and links to several galleries and museums across Austria helped him to continue his style. Klimt fans loved his use of golden backgrounds, intensive colors & ornamental layouts. Gustav Klimt's works are now displayed all over the world and many have been restored to their rightful place in his beloved Austria and Vienna, where he applied his trade so brilliantly a century ago. The Kiss boldly shows two...

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein The value of creativity has been discussed by many business visionaries. Michael Dell said, "It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell." Bill Gates said "I've always been an optimist and I suppose that is rooted in my belief that the power of creativity and intelligence can make the world a better place." Leaders often place a value on "thinking out of the box." But if creativity is so important why do large and small companies often leave it to chance? The development of creativity in your organization should be approached with conscious intent. You need to create an atmosphere that fosters creativity. Many organizations have gray cubicles, bare walls, bland conference rooms, and semi-isolated employees working in small areas covered by creativity-reducing colors, visions and sounds. How can we expect people in this environment to think creatively for our organizations? So what can companies do to improve this most critical element called creativity? It is amazing how much can be done with a relatively small investment. Replace standard corporate posters in conference rooms, hallways and offices with beautiful oil paintings. Hand-painted reproductions of great masters...

The fashion community, Polyvore, which is a site that lets you mix and match products from any online store to create outfits or any kind of collage, created a great collage that focuses around the Amadeo Modigliani painting - Woman with a Hat: by ღ Pohi ღ featuring Miss Selfridge I love the way this collage was mixed and matched with fashion items and all to emphasize the color scheme that the oil painting can go oh so well with...

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