The Hermitage Museum's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings would never have happened if it were not for two titans of the art world, Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov.
The concept of the artist as a prophetic figure became widespread during the period after the Napoleonic wars. It was believed that visual and/or verbal messages could be created to enact social and political change. The subsequent metamorphosis went from that of socio-political into a religious force, which was largely facilitated by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol and artist Alexander Ivanov.
American artists, trained at the Academie Julian in Paris, became the first American Impressionists. They started two schools of art known as the Boston School and Rockport School.
A PBS documentary film that explores some of the most powerful artworks ever made, making the case for political art one work at a time. Pablo Picasso's Guernica, Kathe Kollwitz's prints, Kazimir Malevich's Black Square, Iri and Toshi Maruki's Hiroshima Panels, and Martha Rosler's House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home photomontages. What do you think of as political art?
During the decade of 1630 we see a meteoric jump in Rembrandt’s skills, style and compositions. This period was the foundation for his later work when he produced some of the greatest masterpieces the art world has ever seen.