Kathleen Munn: Horses (c.1927)

Kathleen Munn: Pioneer of Modern Art Kathleen Jean Munn (1887– October 19, 1974) is recognized today as a pioneer of modern art in Canada, though she remained on the periphery of the Canadian art scene during her lifetime. She imagined conventional subjects in a radically new visual vocabulary as she combined the traditions of European…

Balalaika: Art and Music

Thorvald Hellesen, Balalaika (NOR), 1916, oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm, Source: Nasjonalmuseet, The Fine Art Collections The balalaika has its origins in Russian folk music and is often used to articulate a quick, repetitive rhythm, and both musicality and rhythm typify Hellesen’s painting. Anastasiia Tiurina (7 years) “Valenki” balalaika, Start 4:12 Although we…

Diego Rivera: Two Women (1914)

“I know now that he who hopes to be universal in his art must plant in his own soil. Great art is like a tree, which grows in a particular place and has a trunk, leaves, blossoms, boughs, fruit, and roots of its own. The more native art is, the more it belongs to the…

Marc Chagall: Art and Revolution

New Exhibit at The Jewish Museum Diane Cole, in her article “Chagall The Revolutionary – Exhibit on his short-lived People’s Art School in Vitebsk suggests a rethinking of his work”, says the following: “The Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) made famous the steeples and rooftops of his native Vitebsk, along with the ebullient lovers,…