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Opening the Mind’s Eye: Sigmund Freud’s Impact on Art

Opening the Mind’s Eye: Sigmund Freud’s Impact on Art

Best known as the founding “father of psychoanalysis,” Sigmund Freud opened up radically subversive ideas about the human mind. But he also had a profound and long-lasting influence on art; as a critic and collector, the arts were a vital strand of his life, providing a backbone to much of his writing. During and after his lifetime he was also a powerful influencer, pioneering ideas about dreams and the subconscious that would ripple through artistic practices for generations to follow, inspiring the Surrealists, Abstract Expressionists, Young British Artists and many, many more. Louise Bourgeois, Spirals, 2005, image via Galerie Magazine...

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5 Must-Have Prints for Fall - Illus Prints Blog

5 Must-Have Prints for Fall - Illus Prints Blog

The changing of seasons is a special time – autumn, in particular. By the start of fall, we’ve grown tired of the heat and frivolity of summer. Although a summer vacation is supposed to be a time to relax, I’ve never quite found one relaxing.

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The Essence of Life: Henri Matisse’s Striking Portraiture

Henri Matisse

The Essence of Life: Henri Matisse’s Striking Portraiture

Portraiture was a vital strand of Henri Matisse’s art, one that he wrestled with tirelessly throughout his career. One of the primary goals he pursued was the simple, yet elusive ability to capture the essence of a character with the deftest of marks, a concept it took him a lifetime to uncover. “A portrait is a quarrel,” he argued, as he spent years working and reworking the same surfaces over and over, hoping to unearth the most basic elements that would define the undefinable. It wasn’t until his later years that he truly understood how to achieve the enigmatic, spiritual quality of his subjects, with a deceptively simple language of fluid, descriptive lines.

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A Living Art: Henri Matisse’s Boundless Interiors

Henri Matisse

A Living Art: Henri Matisse’s Boundless Interiors

Henri Matisse, The Swimming Pool, installation view in his Nice apartment, 1952, image via The Museum of Modern Art, New York   French artist Henri Matisse lived and breathed art, surrounding himself with sumptuous textiles, objects and artworks from all around the world. The decorated spaces he lived in spilled out into his paintings, framing windows or forming riotous, joyous displays of colour and life. He even came to see this art as a form of lavish décor, famously describing it as a “soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair.” Later in life, when confined to...

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