Wawel Castle enriches its art collection with its most expensive masterpieces yet – The First News – 71Bait

The purchases from a French private seller of The Inn at Saint Michael’s by Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Still Life by Willem Claesz Heda will take the château’s already impressive collection of Dutch paintings to a new level. Lukasz Gagulski/PAP Wawel Castle has made its most expensive purchase ever, strengthening the reputation of its … Read more

Sketch bought at Estate Sale for $30 could be Dürer drawing worth $50 million | Smart Messages – 71Bait

attributed to Albrecht Dürer, The Virgin and Child with a Flower on a Grassy Bencharound 1503 Courtesy of Agnews Gallery In 2016, at a Massachusetts real estate sale, an alert buyer bought a drawing on a whim. The square of unframed, faded linen featured an elegant sketch of a mother and child — and a … Read more

Art in the Garden to Bloom in West Newbury | news – 71Bait

WEST NEWBURY – When it comes to creative inspiration, “nature never disappoints,” says Margo Pullman, a local plein air painter and floral designer for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. This is what makes Art in the Garden so perfect. The event, hosted by the West Newbury Garden Club in association with the city’s cultural council, … Read more

See Louis Wain’s exuberant cat art at the hospital where he spent his later years | Smart Messages – 71Bait

A Louis Wain illustration of cats singing Christmas carols Public domain via Wikimedia Commons In 1886, a little-known artist named Louis Wain contributed a hilarious illustration of festive cats to the Christmas issue of the magazine Illustrated London News, a prominent weekly newspaper. The drawing, titled “A Kitty Christmas Party,” featured nearly 200 cats reveling … Read more

Matthew Wong’s life of light and shadow – 71Bait

Wong had had growing concerns about his work. He knew his abstractions were good, but also that they weren’t all that different from the abstractions of countless other artists. He viewed the praise he received online as a “consoling mirage”. For an untrained painter hopelessly far from New York, Facebook was essential, but he feared … Read more

She was one of Britain’s first professional female portraitists. Why isn’t Joan Carlile better known? | Smart Messages – 71Bait

This portrait of some of the children of the Wharton family by Joan Carlile is the work of one of Britain’s earliest professional portrait artists. Courtesy of Dreweatts Joan Carlile’s name is often referred to with a variation of ‘first’ – she is widely credited as one of Britain’s first professional portrait painters, one of … Read more