Category Archives: Art History

Who is artist Yayoi Kusama?

Contemporary Art History Hi I’m artist Lillian Gray and I have someone you need to meet Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama is absolutely dotty about dots, she is sometimes called the princess of polka dots. She makes all kinds of art such as sculptures, paintings, installation, clothing design and even performances and they are all covered […]

Who was the Amazing South African Artist Vladimir Tretchikoff?

Vladimir Tretchikoff

Hi I am artist Lillian Gray and I have someone you need to meet: South African artist Vladimir Tretchikoff. Tretchikoff was an artist whose painting Chinese Girl, popularly known as the Green Lady, is one of the best-selling art prints of the 20th century. His most famous artworks include Chinese Girl, Mrs Wong and the Balinese Girl […]

Who is South African Artist Gerard Sekoto?

Gerard Sekoto

The Life and Art of Gerard Sekoto Gerard Sekoto was a South African artist and a musician. He is recognised as the pioneer of urban black art and social realism. His work has been exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Venice, Washington, and Senegal, as well as in South Africa.  Let’s just take a quick look at the Zeitgeist – the time that Gerard lived. We […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 10 The Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Michaelangelo 1508-1512 Vatican The Sistine Chapel. Now when I was 18 I visited the Sistine Chapel and it was an amazing experience and when I went outside there were two Australian girls and they walked up to me and with a strong accent asked ‘what makes this painting so special?’. Now, everything inside the Catholic […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 9 Las Meninas

Las Meninas

Velázquez 1656 Madrid Velázquez’s Las Meninas. Well this painting is quite  an insane painting and it really really changed painting and this is why it’s so important. Usually oil painting would be a royal king or queen or kaiser or other royal someone standing on their own isolated wearing very wealthy robes, furr, all the […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 8 The Birth of Venus

The Birth of venus

Boticelli 1485 Uffizi Florence Venus by Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli is probably one of the most famous Renaissance artists, it’s important to know the great Renaissance artists and just the order that they came in because we’ve got early Renaissance, middle Renaissance, high Renaissance, and it’s important to know where you are in the Renaissance because […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 7 Girl with the Pearl Earring

girl with the pearl earring

Johannes Vermeer 1665 Netherlands The Girl with the Pearl Earring, a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer. Why is this amazing painting so famous? Once again it summarises a very important Zeitgeist in history. This is a painting capturing the Dutch Golden Age. She is also known in a loving way as the Mona Lisa of […]

Famous Paintings You Should Know: 6 The Kiss

The Kiss

Gustav Klimt 1907–1908 Vienna Allow me to introduce you to The Kiss, such a beautiful and intimate painting, done by none other than Gustav Klimt. It is about 1.8 metres squared. Now this painting, believe it or not, was seen as sacrilege, scandalous, pornographic, sexual and way too intimate be displayed in the public. So, […]