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Art History: Expressionism
The world condition at the beginning of the 20th century was chaotic at best.  Many European countries had overseas colonies which were striving for independence, and war was close to breaking out between the European countries because of nationalism and imperialist goals of expansion.  These chaotic world events caused a division in the artistic community into two paths, an impressionist path and a formalist path.  The formalist path held that society is inevitably chaotic and cannot be reformed.  Expressionism, which belonged to the impressionist path, held that society must be reformed and we have the responsibility to fix it for the future of mankind.  Inspired in large part by Nietzsche, Expressionists contended that each man should strive to be the best man possible for the good of mankind.
Art History: Dutch Baroque

The Baroque style spread throughout Europe throughout the 16th century, but its specific stylistic traits were different depending on the region that they influenced.  While most artists throughout Europe continued to use Christian subject matter in their paintings, the Dutch artists adopted the Baroque style but began using common, everyday subject matter due to the religious conversion of the Netherlands to Calvinism.
 At this time, Luther’s teachings had taken hold throughout Germany and Scandinavia, influencing many people to leave the Catholic Church and change their ideas about God, the Bible, and religion.  Though Luther’s teachings didn’t extend far beyond Germany, John Calvin adopted some of Luther’s doctrines with some differences.  Luther was against saints and relics but allowed religious paintings, so long as they were not an object of worship.  Calvin held that any artistic depiction of religious themes was sacrilegious, and it was Calvin’s doctrine that spread to the Netherlands.  These beliefs led to several clashes with the Spanish, who ruled the Netherlands at the time and promoted Catholicism.  Eventually, these religious clashes resulted in Dutch independence from Spanish rule.

Chester Dale: What Money Can Do for Art

Deriding capitalism and deploring its so-called obsession with money is a common habit among some people who claim they love art. The Chester Dale Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is a fabulous collection of art available to all because of the successful efforts of an art-loving capitalist.

Who Was Chester Dale?

Chester Dale (1883-1962) started working on the stock market at the age of 15, and by the age of 21 he owned his own brokerage house. A financial genius who made his fortune in bond trading, he was able to continue purchasing major works of art all during the 1920s and throughout the Depression. During that time, he and his wife Maud acquired some of the most famous paintings in the world.

An Introduction to Abstract Watercolor

By Cindy Tabacchi

Watercolor is a medium that can be used to produce many styles of art.  Some of the properties that are unique to watercolor make it particularly suitable for abstract art.  Some colors are more transparent than others, some pigments stain the paper to become permanent, and others can be easily lifted from selected areas.  Painting wet-on-wet will produce a very different effect than painting wet-on-dry.  Good design is as important to abstract watercolor as it is to any other form of art and will greatly influence the appeal of the finished work.

What Is Steampunk?
The term steampunk came into widespread use during the late 1980's. It was coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter in an attempt to classify the genre of works written by himself,Tim Powers and James Blaylock. These works were set in the Victorian Era, when steam was a popular source of energy and they contained notably science fiction oriented twists. Steampunk writing frequently mimics the Victorian Era writing styles of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Mary Shelley, with an emphasis on steam or spring propelled gadgets and machines. The first documented use of the actual term steampunk was a letter to a magazine, in which Jeter wrote Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like "steampunks", perhaps.
Trash Art
Trash art is finding new and inventive ways for recycling those things you normally throw away.

Where some people see trash, others see art. And, in some art, some people will only see a pile of meaningless trash. So, what's the difference? Maybe it's just in the eye of the beholder or artist. Maybe it's simply a matter of opening our minds to new and unique ways of doing and seeing things.

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Encaustic Art
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which resins and colored pigments are added. This results in a paste like meduim which is applied to a surface such as prepared wood or canvas.
The Paint Color Chart
Experience has taught us that certain combinations of colors, whether in nature or art, affect the eye and mind agreeably, while others give offense. We call the former "harmonies," the latter "discords."
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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