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Posted by in on Sep 14, 2014 .

Pablo Picasso’s mural, Guernica, is quite possibly the artist’s most famous work and the most important anti-war artwork of the 20th century. In the months preceding the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, Picasso was asked to create a piece of art for the event which was to be the centerpiece for the Spanish Pavilion – the theme of the entire event was the celebration of modern technology. At first, Picasso had little inspiration for the commission, as he was feeling disenchanted with his life and the current world climate in general. It wasn’t until the news traveled to Paris that the Nazis bombed Guernica, a small Basque town in Northern...

Posted by in on Sep 11, 2014 .

The Abstract Expressionist art movement was born in the 1940’s in New York City out of a pervading sense of alienation and loss of faith in old institutions that the artistic community in the city was feeling. The artists were disillusioned with the current art movements - social realism and nationalism - after America’s struggles with the Great Depression and World War II. They were looking for a new way to share the truth of humanity and felt that the piousness of social realism and idealism of nationalism were hypocritical in such a time of change and unrest. 

 

The “New York School”, as the AbExers were called by their...

Posted by in on Sep 03, 2014 .

In the early 1960s, Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil commissioned Mark Rothko to create a series of triptychs and accompanying paintings to cover the walls of a chapel they were designing with architect Phillip Johnson. The chapel was originally designed to be a specifically Catholic place of worship but in time has since become a non-denominational haven of meditation and spirituality. 

 

To completely immerse himself in this new project, Rothko moved to his studio on East 69th St (his last) in 1964 to best recreate the light and setting of the future chapel. He rigged a system of pulleys along the walls so that...

Posted by in on Aug 29, 2014 .

TGIF, y’all! Let’s usher in the weekend with a bit of painting analysis, shall we? Like I mentioned in Monday’s blog post, I wanted to discuss a few of Caravaggio’s most popular/important works today to (hopefully!) leave this week of Baroque well rounded and neatly tied up. 

 

Saintly-themed art illustrating moments of conversion were nothing revolutionary when Caravaggio painted The Calling of St. Matthew in 1599 but every other detail about the painting was, in fact, incredibly revolutionary. The painting is one of three Caravaggio finished for the Contarelli Chapel San Luigi del Francesi in Rome between 1599 and 1600 and depicts...

Posted by in on Aug 27, 2014 .

Now obviously while there were some major heavy hitters tied to the Baroque art movement (I’m talking Rubens, Raphael, Hals), Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) stands apart as the Baroque art visionary – with his moody, richly textured and dramatic body of work setting the Baroque art standard. 

 

Caravaggio was born in Milan but moved to Caravaggio in 1577 with his parents to escape the plague in Milan. Both Caravaggio’s parents died relatively early in his life and he remained in the Caravaggio-Milan area as the painter Simone Peterzano’s apprentice from 1584-1588) and then spent a number of years jumping from one job...

Posted by in on Aug 25, 2014 .

For my inaugural blog post(s) at Art House Reproductions, I’ve decided to discuss the Baroque movement and Caravaggio – this is not just because my most favorite art words are so prevalent in this era (see: impasto and chiaroscuro)(more on those later) but also because as everyone says first impressions are important and there’s no art movement more dramatic than Baroque to make a lasting first impression!  I’ll split this week’s posts into three thematically related sections: a general background on the Baroque movement, a brief biography on Caravaggio and finally an analysis of three of Caravaggio’s paintings. 

 

The Baroque art...

Posted by in on Aug 17, 2014 .

Impressionism is perhaps the first truly modern style of art. The early Impressionists rejected the rules and formalities of the realistic style of painting that was popular during the early nineteenth century. They sought to convey not just the literal scene that the eye sees, but also intangibles such as the passage of time and various states of mind. By playing with light and shading effects, the Impressionist painters found that they could convey the impression of movement, changing weather, and even mood. They not only created new painting techniques but they also adopted a trend of selecting nontraditional subject matters that made...

Posted by in on Mar 06, 2014 .

Today we are shipping a Picasso Reproduction to Pflugerville, Texas. The painting has a kind of sketch quality to it, and the frame nicely accents the reds hues in the painting. We only recently added the Canterbury, but it's easily one of our best sellers for a wide range of painting styles.