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Art Appreciation : Famous Artist Masters

Learning & Appreciation for Famous Art Masters

Their work is immediately recognizable and you've known about them for virtually all of your life. The impressionistic Water Lilies of Monet. The wry smile of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Seurat's optical color mixture in La Grande Jatte. Munch's The Scream. There are hundreds of famous masters profiled in virtual museums and online galleries across the Web, and many more noteworthy artists you can research through the databases and rich informational resources we profile here. These specific Creativity Portal features and resource links highlight some of the most prolific and popular famous master artists through the ages.

A discussion on the work of Seurat and Brancusi

Art Appreciation Features

Seurat and Brancusi: A Comparison and Contrast
By Chris Dunmire
A discussion of the visual elements and principles of design in Georges Seurat's painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" and Constantin Brancusi's abstract sculpture "Bird in Space."

Learning from Leonardo da Vinci
A series exploring da Vinci's thinking style related to his art and creativity highlighting points from Michael Gelb's book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.

Famous Masters Resources

Leonardo Da Vinci: Master Draftsman
A special exhibition and interactive feature from the Metropolitan Museum of Art about the life and art of Leonardo Da Vinci, most known for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Francisco (José) de Goya
"Goya was a Spanish court painter whose best work was done apart from his official duties. He is known for his scenes of violence, especially those prompted by the French invasion of Spain."

Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte
"'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte' — 1884 is one of the most beloved, famous, and frequently reproduced paintings in the world. Seen by tens of millions of viewers since it entered the Art Institute's collection in 1924, the painting is an icon and a destination in itself for visitors."

Peter Paul Rubens
"By completing the fusion of the realistic tradition of Flemish painting with the imaginative freedom and classical themes of Italian Renaissance painting, he fundamentally revitalized and redirected northern European painting."

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Features the work of Vincent Van Gogh "organised chronologically into five periods, each representing a different phase of his life and work: The Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise."

Yahoo! Famous Masters Directory
An A to Z listing of master painters and artists leading to resources with extensive biographical information, galleries, and history.