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The Unforgettable Beauty of Post-Impressionism
"BEYOND WHAT THE EYE SEES, REACHING OUT TO WHAT THE HEART FEELS"
For centuries, the ideal had been to make it impossible to see brush strokes altogether. And there was a strict hierarchy of subject matter, with historical and religious scenes at the top moving all the way down to the lowly still-life. The Impressionists came along and changed that. They experimented with brush strokes and painted scenes from everyday life.
The Post-Impressionists picked up on those innovations, but they pushed them even further. A painter like Van Gogh infuses his canvases with lots of life — going beyond what his eye saw and into what his heart felt.
Sandro Botticelli’s Iconic Painting The Birth of Venus
"THE BIRTH OF BEAUTY"
The Birth of Venus gave the Italian Renaissance one of its most important treasures. Painted sometime around 1485, the idyllic vision of Venus arriving from the ocean on a seashell grips us even today.
Vincent Van Gogh’s Gothic Masterpiece: Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette
"THE IMMORTAL OF THE MORTAL"
Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) gave us many visual delights, from café scenes to still lifes with sunflowers in vases. But one of his most enduring and charmingly gothic images is Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1886).