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Madhubani Style Pot Painting

Madhubani Pot Painting

Madhubani Paintings, also known as Mithila paintings is one of the ancient forms of painting which originated in Mithila, in the state of Bihar. The paints were made using natural dyes/pigments and painted using twigs or fingers. In the ancient days, the mud walls of houses served as the canvas for this art while these days Madhubani paintings are done on canvas, handmade paper or cloth. As an admirer of this form of painting, and as a beginner, this is my first attempt at making a simple Madhubani design on a mud pot.

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Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918)

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, the artist known for his sketches and murals, the Symbolist painter was born in the year 1862 near Vienna. Klimt took up art seriously and studies in the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts till the year 1883. During this period, he developed a liking for various art forms and slowly started gaining mastery in architecture. He also took up mural works and started a career in art with mural painting.

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The Night Watch (1642)

The Night Watch

Rembrandt van Rijn, the famous Dutch artist completed the master piece, ‘The Night Watch’ in the year 1642 and this painting has since then been his most famous contribution to world of art. The effective use of lighting in the darkness of the night was considered the salient feature of this painting and it was later found that this dark effect was due to a coat of dark varnish which was then removed. The name ‘The Night Watch‘ was in fact given due to the assumption that the painting depicts a scene at night. Otherwise,  ‘The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq’  would have been the more appropriate title. 

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Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Pierre Auguste Renoir was a French impressionist painter and a contributor of prominent art works in the nineteenth century. Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in a middle class family in France. As a boy, he worked in a nearby porcelain factory which was the beginning of his artistic journey; he started by painting and decorating the porcelain items made in the factory. During this period, he was deeply inspired by the paintings of  François Boucher who was one of the master painters of the 18th century. 

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The Scream (1893-1910)

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream has been the most prolific and cherished painting series by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Expressionism is at its best with anxiety, a sense of being overwhelmed, chaos and an intense fear is portrayed through the eyes of a sexless creature in The Scream. The red wavy sky adds to the chill that runs through the painting.  Munch re-created this painting as a series in the form of oil on canvas, pastels and a large number of prints. When Munch was asked about the inspiration for this painting, he is quoted to have said, “I was out walking with two friends; the sun began to set; suddenly the sky turned ...

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

MCA2

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is one of the few museums where contemporary visual culture is exhibited with grandeur through sculptures, sketches and paintings. The works of popular artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol are a part of the permanent collection of this museum. Works from and after the year 1945 have created a rich collection of more than 2000 art works since its inception in 1967.

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