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WHAT IS SÈVRES PORCELAIN?

"Sèvres was a popular factory for the commission and production of royal and diplomatic gifts, as well as for direct purchases by royal families and the aristocracy. Marie Antoinette was an early supporter, ordering vase garnitures, teawares and dinner-services. In 1782 Louis-Philippe de Bourbon, duc de Chartes, ordered an elaborate bleu celeste service for the … Continue reading WHAT IS SÈVRES PORCELAIN?

ETIQUETTE: TOP 3 RULES FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS

Attending art events can be daunting for the newbie. There are rules to follow. Conversations to be had. And while doing all that, you are supposed to display a certain amount of savoir-vivre. For some, it can be a bit too much. So, for the newbie, we recommend you start out slow. Learn the basics. … Continue reading ETIQUETTE: TOP 3 RULES FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS

SMALL ART MUSEUMS: THE WALLACE COLLECTION

The Wallace Collection is an art collection in London open to the public, housed at Hertford House in Manchester Square, the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It comprises an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th, including Old Master paintings, arranged into 30 galleries. It … Continue reading SMALL ART MUSEUMS: THE WALLACE COLLECTION

THE PERSIAN CARPET

THE PERSIAN CARPET

Oriental carpets are carpets (also known as rugs) that are produced in the Orient. Geographically, oriental rugs are made in an area referred to as the “Rug Belt”, which stretches from Morocco across North Africa, the Middle East, and into Central Asia and northern India. It includes countries like China, Tibet, Turkey, Iran, the Maghreb … Continue reading THE PERSIAN CARPET

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

SMALL ART MUSEUMS: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

Can you name 5 female artists whose work you admire? The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) was founded to reform traditional histories of art. It is dedicated to discovering and making known women artists who have been overlooked or unacknowledged, and assuring the place of women in contemporary art. And it is … Continue reading SMALL ART MUSEUMS: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

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SMALL ART MUSEUMS: THE FRICK COLLECTION

The Frick Collection is an art museum located in the Henry Clay Frick House on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City at 1 East 70th Street. It houses the collection of industrialist, Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). The Frick is one of the pre-eminent small art museums in the United States, with a … Continue reading SMALL ART MUSEUMS: THE FRICK COLLECTION

HOW TO CRITIQUE AND DISCUSS ART: 8 BASIC TIPS by Balissande Finishing School, teaching etiquette and timeless style

HOW TO CRITIQUE AND DISCUSS ART: 8 BASIC TIPS

Art criticism is the discussion or evaluation of visual art. An art critique can be given by anyone - a young kid on his first trip to an art museum or a professional critic with a PhD in the Arts. It can be as simple as verbally expressing emotive reactions to an art piece or … Continue reading HOW TO CRITIQUE AND DISCUSS ART: 8 BASIC TIPS

ETIQUETTE FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS: 12 TIPS by Balissande Finishing School

ETIQUETTE FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS: 12 TIPS

There are many types of art events happening all over a city at a given time. There are art shows, gallery openings, demonstrations, meet-and-greets, auctions, exhibitions, and much more. In this article, we will share a few basic tips that will help you navigate the world of art with ease and pleasure. 1.. When attending … Continue reading ETIQUETTE FOR ATTENDING ART EVENTS: 12 TIPS

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TOP 21 IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that started with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. Impressionist paintings are characterised by small, thin, yet visible brush strokes. They tend to be bright, vibrant, and intense. Impressionists painted with small touches of mixed and pure unmixed colour … Continue reading TOP 21 IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS

TOP 21 ORIENTALIST PAINTINGS

In art history, Orientalism is a term used by art historians to describe a style of art that depicted scenes and designs from the East. This style was used by Western artists who had a strong interest in Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, and North African cultures. Due to its popularity among Western artists, … Continue reading TOP 21 ORIENTALIST PAINTINGS

TOP 22 ROMANTICISM PAINTINGS

Romanticism was an artistic movement that spanned many years - from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. Some would even argue that the movement ended in the 1900s. It's difficult to pinpoint when exactly Romanticism began and ended because of its massive spread throughout Europe and America, spanning various genres - art, literature, music, … Continue reading TOP 22 ROMANTICISM PAINTINGS

TOP 11 CONTEMPORARY PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS

The artistic style of the Pre-Raphaelites began with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. The Brotherhood wanted to bring emotion, vibrancy, nature, and detail back to art. They were interested in serious subjects from religion to social issues and wanted to portray it with maximum realism. But they also drew inspiration from literature, poetry, love and … Continue reading TOP 11 CONTEMPORARY PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS

TOP 15 PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS

The Pre-Raphaelites were a small group of English artists and writers in the mid-1800s who opposed the art style of Italian painter, Raphael. At the time, Raphael's art form was promoted by the Royal Academy of Arts as an exemplary style to be learned and copied. In contrast, the Pre-Raphaelites wanted to return to a … Continue reading TOP 15 PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS