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Maurice Denis at the intersection of styles bridging the gap between impressionism and the beginning of 20th century movements

Finding the spiritual in art, and interpreting the flat surface into what it is – two dimensional Denis Maurice was greatly influenced by the religious, philosophical and artistic and his whole life was an interpreting at the intersection of those ideals. Art for him was not about material or even aesthetic but rather, it was the testament to the spiritual that governs this world. “Art is no longer a visual sensation that we gather, like a photograph, as it were, of nature. No, it is a creation of our spirit, for which nature is only the occasion.” Maurice The...

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Inspiration for us in the 21st century Odilon Redon and his imaginary world that taps into the nightmare and the lightness of being simultaneously

Depicting the reality of fantastical or finding it within “I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased.” Odilon Redon Redon immersed himself in the world of black and white, depicting the infinite he saw in his visions in his monochromatic compositions called Noirs (this series also made him...

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Oskar Kokoschka and making the invisible forces visible, while they shape the essential human condition

Exploring the 4th dimension of painting which is the core of vision in everything Oskar Kokoschka was obsessed with omens and visions beyond what we see and regard as common experience. He believed that everything has a 4th dimension where the real energy happens and he captured that dimension, tried to communicate through paintings and play writing the wonder of this world beyond what the eye observes. He developed theories about corporeal and visceral vision and how they shape consciousness, art, and realities. He did not follow the traditional or “correct” way of drawing, he had no interests in the...

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Egon Schiele opens the world of visual distortion and traveling away from traditional, conventional and the definition of beauty is in the other world

The essence of human existence, what drives it forward or backward is the question “Bodies have their own light which they consume to live: they burn, they are not lit from the outside.” ― Egon Schiele Schiele was fascinated with human body, playing with the shape, distorting it, fragmenting and always focused in capturing the ethereal behind it all. Although categorized as a prime example of Austrian Expressionism he was exposed to Art Nouveau and Secession often opposing them. Gustav Klimt played a very important part in the formative years of Schiele, influencing young painters to the point that...

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Joseph Stella, the efforts of the individuals and the stability of the whole collective. Lines and structure of both society and materials

Finding a true identity and meaning of life, a quest each of us is experiencing Joseph Stella felt like an outsider, living in America as an immigrant, certainly brought forward some of the most important questions of his life, and it certainly translated into his art. Brooklyn Bridge, for instance is in my opinion one of the most powerful expression of his observations. Identity of an individual as a line and a society as a sum of those interconnected lines, at the same time the whole structure seems autonomous and ready to live the life of it’s own, which is often...

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