Download 35,000 Works of Art from the National Gallery, Including Masterpieces by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rembrandt & More

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As a young amateur painter and future art school dropout, I frequently found myself haunted by the faces of two artists, that famously odd couple from my favorite art history novelization—and Kirk Douglas role and Iggy Pop song—Lust for Life.


Gustave Doré’s Splendid Illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” (1884)

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One of the busiest, most in-demand artists of the 19th century, Gustave Doré made his name illustrating works by such authors as Rabelais, Balzac, Milton, and Dante.


Listen to John Cage’s 5 Hour Art Piece: Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

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John Cage was born in 1915 and died in 1992. During that intervening time, he changed the face of avant-garde music and art.
An early disciple of Arnold Schoenberg, Cage made his biggest creative breakthrough by studying the I Ching, Zen Buddhism and the art of Marcel Duchamp. The composer decided to let elements of chance into his work.


Soviet Artists Envision a Communist Utopia in Outer Space

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Soviet artists had been toiling for years on a creative, collective future vision by the time David Bowie got around to launching Major Tom into outer space.
As Vincze Miklós reports on io9, their efforts extended the hope of a “worker’s Utopia on Earth” to destinations in the solar system.


35 Years of Prince’s Hairstyles in 15 Glorious Seconds!

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Anyone who’s suffered through the hell of growing out a short style or spent a pre-awards show afternoon getting sewn into extensions will appreciate the brisk pace of London-based illustrator Gary Card‘s “Prince Hair Chart” slideshow.


10 Wonderful Illustrations from the Original Manuscript of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

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From January 24 through April 27, 2014, The Morgan Library and Museum is staging an exhibition on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a story that speaks to the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. Though Saint-Exupéry was French, he wrote and published his great tale while living in New York City in 1943.


Jorge Luis Borges, After Going Blind, Draws a Self-Portrait

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Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), one of the great writers to come out of Argentina, went blind when he was  only 55 years old. As unsettling as it must have been, it wasn’t particularly a surprise.


Big Bang Big Boom: Graffiti Stop-Motion Animation Creatively Depicts the Evolution of Life

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There’s a rapacious, run-amok energy to Italian street artist Blu’s stop motion animation, “BIG BANG BIG BOOM.


1923 Photo of Claude Monet Colorized: See the Painter in the Same Color as His Paintings

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On the History in Color Facebook page, artist Dana Keller presents a series of colorized historical photographs, helping to “remove that barrier between the past and our modern eyes, drawing us a little bit closer to the reality in which the photo was taken.


Striking French, Russian & Polish Posters for the Films of Andrei Tarkovsky

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Nearly thirty years after his death, Andrei Tarkovsky (many of whose films you can watch free online) continues to win devoted fans by what some describe as his still-unparalleled mastery of aesthetics.


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