Photograph or Painting? These Landscapes Are Both

AS A STUDENT at the School of Fine Arts in Caen, France, Guillaume Hebert studied painting. He later transitioned into photography, but rather than leave his first love behind he developed a novel way to combine it with his new passion.

In his 2017 series Rocks of Ludao, Hebert seamlessly combined photographs of the Taiwanese shoreline with classical landscape paintings he found on Google Images, creating hybrid photograph-paintings convincing enough to fool the casual viewer. The experiment proved so successful that Hebert reprised it in another series, Updated Landscape, in which he juxtaposed photographs of banal urban scenery with the lush Baroque and Romantic landscapes of artists like Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Eugène Delacroix, and William Turner.

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How the quest for the ‘perfect blue’ changed art forever

Used for storing and burning incense, this bronze altar set is inscribed with a stylized form of Arabic developed by Chinese Muslims.

The color blue has had a remarkable impact on the history of world trade. Rarely occurring in the natural world, blue pigments were, for centuries, highly sought-after by craftsmen and merchants.

This quest for the perfect blue has also transformed artistic traditions, from modern painting and jewelry to Turkish tilework, Persian glassware and Ming dynasty pottery.

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Fine art finger painter Iris Scott talks about being “gifted”

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When Brooklyn-based artist Iris Scott begins a new piece, she doesn’t get out paintbrushes. Instead, she simply puts on gloves when she starts on an oil painting. Scott is a fine art finger painter.

This 10-minute long mini documentary on her from a couple of years ago shares how she got started and what she thinks of her “gift.” She’s quick to point out that it’s not a natural talent, that it’s the result of a lot of time and practice:

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New hope for lost Frida Kahlo painting

Bernard Silberstein photographed the artist with La Mesa Herida in 1941, a year after she finished the work

The hunt for Frida Kahlo’s long-lost painting La Mesa Herida (the wounded table, 1940) has been revived in Mexico, where a researcher says he expects to track it down within five years. The work, a holy grail for Kahlo scholars, went missing after the artist donated it to the former Soviet Union. Last seen in an exhibition in Warsaw in 1955, it disappeared on its way to Moscow.

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The Female Painter Whose Modern Art Shocked Ireland

Mainie Jellett, Abstract Composition, 1935. Courtesy of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

In 1923, the prominent art critic George Russell reviewed an exhibition mounted by the Society of Dublin Painters. The exhibition infamously showed a new work by the young artist Mainie Jellett, called Decoration (1923)—a gold-leafed, pentagonal abstraction based on religious symbols. In response to the portrait, Russell flew off the rails; he wrote that Jellett was “a late victim to Cubism in some sub-section of this artistic malaria” and a proponent of “subhuman art.”

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Inside the World of Mesmerizing, Impossibly Tiny Art

For as long as humans have made art, they’ve experimented on a tiny scale. Ancient, very small depictions of animals have been discovered on the walls of Indonesian caves, and in 16th century England, Elizabethans carried tiny, painted portraits of loved ones in their pockets—tokens meant for “private pleasure.”

Work by Hasan Kale from Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World by Eva Katz, published by Chronicle Books 2018.

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