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L.A. Band Writes Techno Music Inspired by Van Gogh

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Van Gogh’s painting inspires a song “Drowning in Irises” by Dance Spirit More»

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Martin Luther King Jr. as Folk Art

MLK Jr. mural at Illa Family Market, 50 Place and S. Vermont Ave., photographed 2004
MLK Jr. mural at Illa Family Market, 50 Place and S. Vermont Ave., photographed 2004

Camilo José Vergara photographs tributes to the civil rights leader on walls across Los Angeles. More»

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What’s the Best Way to Learn Painting? Just Start!

Landscape
by Dinuk Magammana

Inspired by master paintings seen at the Getty, self-taught artist Dinuk Magammana began painting from imagination. More»

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Talking Art and Whimsical Angst with Painter Jenny Doh

In-studio portrait of Jenny Doh
In-studio portrait of Jenny Doh

Artist Jenny Doh talks on the happy + sad things that inspire her work. More»

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The Invention of the Light Bulb Did Not Conquer the Night

Moonlight, Wolf / Remington
Moonlight, Wolf, ca. 1909, Frederick Remington. Oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts(1956.2); gift of the members of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery

How painters depicted darkness even as the world embraced artificial light More»

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The Color that Changed the Course of Art

Happy Lovers / Fragonard
Happy Lovers, 1760-65, Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. The Norton Simon Foundation, F.1965.1.021.P. © The Norton Simon Foundation

Prussian blue changed it all. More»

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Louis Style in the Getty Galleries

Detail of frame on Fruit Piece / Van Huysum

13 gorgeous frames from the Golden Age of French frame-making. More»

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The Miracle of Paul Cézanne’s Watercolors

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Still Life with Blue Pot, 1900–06, Paul Cézanne. Watercolor over graphite, 18 15/16 x 24 7/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.GC.221

Cézanne’s watercolors changed European art forever. More»

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Framing a Frames Exhibition

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How to hang a frame. More»

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Andrea del Sarto’s Seductive Saints

Saint John the Baptist / Andrea del Sarto
Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino. Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Why Renaissance artists rendered sacred bodies beautiful and erotic. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: Shark Attack!

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This dynamic painting of a 1749 shark attack in Havana, Cuba, by John Singleton Copley was too good to paint only once. The original hangs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A second full-sized version of the painting, which Copley created for himself, was inherited by his son and eventually gifted to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

      The third version (shown here) is slightly reduced in size, with a more vertical composition. It resides in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

      A quick peek into the digitized stock and sales books of art dealer M. Knoedler & Co. at the Getty Research Institute shows the sale of Copley’s masterpiece. It was entered under stock number A3531 in July 1946 and noted as being sold to the Gallery by Robert Lebel, a French writer and art expert. The Knoedler clerk also carefully records the dimensions of the painting—30 ¼ x 36 inches, unframed.

      On the right side of the sales page you’ll find the purchaser listed as none other than the Detroit Institute of Arts. The corresponding sales book page gives the address: Woodward Ave, Detroit, Mich., still the location of the museum.

      Watson and the Shark, 1782, John Singleton Copley. Detroit Institute of Arts

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      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      02/10/16

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