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The great German artist Albrecht Dürer

Envious of the Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, the German artist Albrecht Dürer ventured to Italy in 1496 to prove his worth as a painter. He had already gained a reputation for his woodcut prints.

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The Sea Monster (1498) © Getty

After years of hanging out in Venice and gathering the technique of oil paintings, he created one of his most notable pieces, Feast of the Rosary, In 1506.

“I also silenced all the artists who said I was good at engraving but, as a painter, I did not know how to deal with colors. Now everyone says they have never seen more beautiful colors.”

Albrecht Dürer

At first, we develop good taste and copy. With time, we originate. 

Dürer is still considered “the greatest of all German artists.”

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The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps

Painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly liked to emphasize abstract shapes and bright colors. His work came to define the hard-edge painting style that originated on the West Coast but made its way east into Kelly’s Spencertown, New York.

Fortunately for us, the United States Postal Service has issued a set of his artworks as forever stamps. You can find them on the USPS website for purchase.

Ellsworth Kelly stamps

You can also find some of Kelly’s most notable artworks below. Learn more about the artist and his work here.

“I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it; so that it has a clarity and a measure within itself of its parts (angles, curves, edges and mass); and so that, with color and tonality, the shape finds its own space and always demands its freedom and separateness.”

Ellsworth Kelly
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Colors for a Large Wall (1951)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Cite (1951)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Red Blue Green (1963)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Black over Blue (1963)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Creueta del Coll (1987)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Red Diagonal (2007)
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Salvador Dalí paints “The face of war” in 1940

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

Salvador Dali
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15th-century paintings by Antonello da Messina

15th-century paintings by Antonello da Messina
‘Virgin Annunciate’ (1475-76)
15th-century paintings by Antonello da Messina
‘Portrait of a Man’ (c.1470)
15th-century paintings by Antonello da Messina
‘Crucifixion’ (1465)
15th-century paintings by Antonello da Messina
‘Ecce Homo’ (1475)

Wrote Sicilian essayist Leonardo Sciascia on the “Portrait of a Man” by 15th-century Italian painter Antonello da Messina:

“Is he a nobleman or a plebeian? A solicitor or a farmer? A painter, a poet or a killer? He just resembles. That’s all I can say.”

At Milan’s Palazzo Reale (via Finacial Times)

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Kitt Bennett’s pavement murals

These sprawling murals by Melbourne-based artist Kitt Bennett in parking lots and on top of buildings are one of a kind.

Kitts observational drawings of his surroundings have been translated into murals for clients and collectors across Melbourne. He’s work is often conceptually driven as exploring topics of individuality, existence and the mysterious phenomena that surrounds us inspires him to create art.

View more of his work.

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‘I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen’

“I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen." David Hockney #art #artwork #painting
David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972. Courtesy of Christie’s

“I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen.”

David Hockney

Now the world’s most expensive painting by a living artist, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90.3 million from the Christie’s auction house.  

‘The idea of painting two figures in different styles appealed so much that I began the painting immediately.’

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‘Paint is the only weapon I have with which to fight what I resent’

“Paint is the only weapon I have with which to fight what I resent,” Charles White

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“Paint is the only weapon I have with which to fight what I resent.”

Charles White

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Leonardo’s strange faces

Leonardo da Vinci made ugly beautiful, an approach Francis Bacon did well to mimic nearly five hundred years later.
Leonardo da Vinci made ugly beautiful, an approach Francis Bacon did well to mimic nearly five hundred years later.
Leonardo da Vinci made ugly beautiful, an approach Francis Bacon did well to mimic nearly five hundred years later.
Leonardo da Vinci made ugly beautiful, an approach Francis Bacon did well to mimic nearly five hundred years later.

There’s an excellent piece in the NY Times about Leonardo Da Vinci’s obsession with drawing weird faces:

Leonardo was a true Renaissance man, fascinated with everything — the mechanics of flight, architecture, engineering, botany, artillery and human anatomy — but one of his favorite private pastimes was to draw faces, either as scribbles in the margins of his notebooks or as fully conceived sketches later used for paintings.

Leonardo da Vinci made ugly beautiful, an approach Francis Bacon did well to mimic nearly five hundred years later.

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Surreal paintings by Lithuanian artist Gediminas Pranckevičius

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Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius creates digital art that instantly whisk viewers off into a world of imagination. The Lithuania-born artist uses soft light and blended colors to create harmonious worlds where it is easy to get lost in the surreal stories.

He uses software like Photoshop to produce the playful digital drawings that feature imaginative creations like giant trolls, flying pigs, and houses and towns perched on top of precariously balanced mountaintops. His places and characters come alive through layer upon layer of intricate details, which are evident in the final work.

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‘To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society’

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“To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.”

Man RaySelf-Portrait