Art Sunday #4: The History behind History Painting and its unexpected Revival through Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones and Dexter Dalwood

Adorning museums and palace halls, these jewels of the past are oftentimes considered elitist and regressive. Back in their days of glory, between 17th and 19th century, they were seen as the highest form of painting, a noble aspiration for artists at the time – and very much sought after! I am of course talking about history paintings, a staple of opulence, turned kitsch by … Continue reading Art Sunday #4: The History behind History Painting and its unexpected Revival through Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones and Dexter Dalwood

Art Sunday #3: Lessons on Spiritualism from Hilma af Klint’s hypnotic art

Af Klint’s practice was profoundly influenced by her regular meetings with Anna Cassel, Cornelia Cederberg, Sigrid Hedman and Mathilde N. They named themselves The Five (De Fem) and they’d attend weekly seances that took place at their homes or studios, where they’d conduct Bible readings, sermons and Benedictions. The furniture in the room would be arranged so that the participants wound kneel around an altar. With the use of a psychograph (a tool used to record psychic transmissions), The Five believed to be communicating with beings from another plane of existence, by entering trance states. Continue reading Art Sunday #3: Lessons on Spiritualism from Hilma af Klint’s hypnotic art

Art Sunday #2: Cave Art and the Shocking Revelations about Early Human Civilizations

These cave paintings gained massive notoriety in the 20th century, George Bataille even going as far as to deem them the earliest pieces of art ever produced, in Lascaux, or the Birth of Art. Indeed, out of all the art that would’ve been produced at the time, cave paintings had the best chance of survival. Whatever happened outside the cave would only survive by miracle. Continue reading Art Sunday #2: Cave Art and the Shocking Revelations about Early Human Civilizations

Art Sunday #1: The history behind Starry Night – art beyond misunderstanding

By now we are all too familiar with Van Gogh’s art, ever hypnotic and fascinating. One can easily get lost in the flow of his brushstrokes and feel their heartbeat race to the rhythm of his vibrant palette. The artist is believed to have been very much a product of his time – a time notorious for the general anxiety in the face of industrialization. … Continue reading Art Sunday #1: The history behind Starry Night – art beyond misunderstanding