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Famous Painters and How to Paint Like an Old Master

Studying the work of famous painters and the old masters is both inspiring and instructional. Looking at a painting you wish you'd painted will motivate you to try something similar, while studying the way an artist worked helps improve your own painting.
  1. Art Quotes
  2. Old Master Techniques (21)
  3. Art Trivia (7)
  4. Famous Painters: Giorgio Morandi (12)
  5. Famous Painters: Lucian Freud (6)
  6. Art Museums / Art Galleries (36)
  7. Favorite Artists (2)

Photo Gallery of Famous Paintings by Famous Artists
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.

Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny
One look at Monet's gardens and waterlily pond at Giverny, near Paris, and you'll also be wanting to paint the lilies and reflections.

Photo Gallery: Monet's Water Lilies
Highlights from the MoMA exhibition of water lily paintings by Claude Monet.

Artists and Their Studios: Exhibition by Eamonn McCabe
A few highlights from the Artists and Their Studios Exhibition by Eamonn McCabe at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Photos of Van Gogh's Letters
A few highlights from the exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam featuring 120 of Van Gogh's letters alongside the works he was writing about.

Painting Exhibition: Art and Illusions
A few highlights of the trompe l'oeil paintings on show at the "Art and Illusions" exhbition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

Famous Paintings: "The Red Studio" by Henri Matisse
A look at why Matisse's "Red Studio" painting is significant.

Photo Gallery: Lucian Freud, The Painter's Etchings
A photo gallery from the MoMA exhibition on the paintings and etchings of the artist Lucian Freud.

Photo Gallery: Rothko Exhibition at the Tate Modern
A few highlights of the paintings on display at the 2008 Rothko exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.

Photo Gallery: Renaissance Faces Exhibition
A few highlights of the paintings included in the Renaissance Faces exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

Photo Gallery: Radical Light Exhibition (Italy's Divisionists)
A photo gallery of highlights from the Radical Light exhibition at the National Gallery in London, which showcased paintings by Italy's Divisionist painters. See also: my Exhibition Review.

Photo Gallery: Millais Paintings at the Tate
A selection of figure paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite Millais, from the exhibition held at the Tate Britain in London.

Painting Exhibition: The Unknown Monet
A photo gallery of works in The Unknown Monet Exhibition, which showcased his pastels and sketchbooks, as well as showing how he did preparatory studies for his oil paintings.

Painting Exhibition: Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism
Get an understanding for the impact Vincent van Gogh had on German and Austrian Expressionist painters with this photo gallery of paintings from the "Van Gogh and Expressionism" Exhibition held at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Neue Galerie in New York.

Photo Gallery: Van Dongen, Fauve in the City
Highlights from the Van Dongen Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Did You Know This About Leonardo da Vinci?
Some intriguing facts and trivia about the life of the great artist, Leonardo da Vinci.

The Difference Between Art Styles, Schools and Movements
You will come across the terms style, school, and movement endlessly in art history. But just what is the difference between them? This article explains.

Painting Quiz: Vincent van Gogh
Test how much you know about Van Gogh's life with this 20-question quiz.

Profile of Giuseppe Arcimboldo
You'd think that this painter, who constructed people's faces from fruit, veggies, meat, and other unlikely objects such as pots and books, had to be a Surrealist. But he lived four centuries earlier.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: Who Were They?
Who Were The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, why did their paintings upset the Royal Academy of Arts in London so much, and why was their art so controversial?

Biography: Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud, the the grandson of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psychoanalysis, is often described as Britain's greatest figurative painter.

Profile: Georges Braque
A look at the life of the artist who, together with Picasso, created Cubism in the early 1900s.

David Hockney and the Camera Lucida
The artist David Hockney caused controversy with his investigation into the use of lenses and mirrors by Old Masters.

Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code” is Fiction not Fact
A list to remind you that“The Da Vinci Code” is a work of fiction, not a reference book.

Miss Helen', South Africa's Foremost Outsider Artist
A look at the life and work of the woman now considered South Africa's foremost Outsider Artist, Helen Martins.

Outsider Art Photo Gallery: The Owl House of Helen Martins
A photo gallery of the fascinating art by Outsider Artist Helen Martins, who worked cement and glass, in her famed Owl House and Camel yard

Artist's Quotes: Creative Challenges
What famous artists have had to say about the practicalities and creative challenges of painting.

Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
A scrapbook of Edward Hopper's life and work compiled by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hopper, renowned for his realistic portrayal of everyday life, first gained prominence in the 1920s.

Mark Rothko
Rothko's early work was Expressionist. After the Second World War he moved into Surrealism, then became one of the leading Abstract Expressionist painters. In the period before he committed suicide, he started using more sombre colours, particularly greys and browns.

The Fauves
Fauvism is the term used for a group of artists (including Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Andre Derain) in the early twentieth century who revolted against the art establishment. Their work was characterised by bright colours and simplified forms.

Van Gogh's Letters
Read Van Gogh's letters on-line, searching them for subjects from love and despair to materials and techniques.

The Sistine Chapel
Take a virtual tour of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's spectacular frescoes on the ceiling. It took him from 1508 to 1512 to paint the more than 300 figures.

Famous Painters: Wildlife Artist Robert Bateman
Well-known Canadian wildlife artist Robert Batemen writes about his inspiration and techniques (and what's generally wrong with beginner's paintings).

Famous Painters: LS Lowry
A look at the painting style of the famous English painter LS Lowry, the "matchstick man" artist.

Painting Exhibition: Cézanne's Card Players
A look at Cézanne's Card Players paintings, an exhibition held at the Courtauld in London and Metropolitan Museum in New York.

What Do You Think is the Most Famous Painting in the World?

The Painting by Monet That Gave Impressionism its Name
Find out how Monet's famous Sunrise painting gave Impressionism its name, what the big deal is about it is and how he painted it.

How to Anticipate Being a Famous Artist
If you dream of being a world-famous artist (and who hasn't?) then there are some things you should be doing right now!

New Van Gogh Painting Discovered in 2013
A look at a recently discovered painting by this famous artist, from when Van Gogh was in Arles. Art news rarely is more exciting than this!

Painting in the Style of Edvard Munch
A look at the artistic style of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, most famous for his "Scream" painting, and how you can use this to develop your own art.

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