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Mysterious Power: Women and Nature in Illus Prints

Mysterious Power: Women and Nature in Illus Prints

Botanical Series, Illus Prints Shop Now >>> Women have been a potent symbol of nature since ancient times; in early cultures, ‘Mother Earth’ represented fertility and growth, the giver and nurturer of all life. Yet many also believed there was a dark, supernatural force that women held inside, linking them with the all-powerful, mysterious cycles and forces of the earth. Artists have been fascinated by this subject for centuries; during the Renaissance artists such as Sandro Botticelli set sensuously flowing women’s bodies amidst blooming forests and aqua blue sea, while the Romanticists and Pre Raphaelites of the late 19th century...

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Pablo Picasso’s Animal Sketches: A Masterclass in Simplicity

Pablo Picasso’s Animal Sketches: A Masterclass in Simplicity

Pablo Picasso, Bull, 1945, image via Business Insider Picasso’s late-career animal sketches embody refinement and simplicity; with just a single, continuous black line he was able to capture the character, energy and motion of animals on a flat white page. Deceptively simple, these concise drawings hold within them dynamic, sweeping movement and the invocation of form - arriving at this language of simplicity took years of dedication and hard work, as Picasso slowly worked out how to chip away superfluous detail in favour of his distinctive minimalist touch. Pablo Picasso, Dove, 1940s Pablo Picasso, Dove, 1940s Buy this print >>> Picasso loved...

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Cutting into Colour: Matisse’s Blue Nudes

Cutting into Colour: Matisse’s Blue Nudes

“A certain blue enters your soul.” Henri Matisse Henri Matisse loved the colour blue: it was a vital lifeblood running through almost all his art. He also loved women, drawing and painting them with an increasingly abstract and pared back language as his career and mature style developed, yet always retaining the same quality of loose, fluid movement. The blue nudes Matisse made during the later half of his career rolled both these passions into one; perhaps this is why they are now among his most iconic and celebrated work of art. Describing the process of making these women as...

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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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