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New Van Gogh show in Paris focuses on artist's extraordinarily productive and tragic final months

Oct. 02, 2023 15:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Planted in a field, Vincent van Gogh painted furiously, bending the thick oils, riotous yellows and sumptuous blues to his will. The resulting masterpiece, “Wheatfield with Crows,” bursts off the canvas like technicolor champagne. Art historians believe the Dutch master painted...

Fire destroys Jamie Wyeth paintings, damages historic buildings, in Maine

Sep. 29, 2023 16:10 PM EDT

PORT CLYDE, Maine (AP) — A fire destroyed several waterfront buildings in Maine, including an art gallery with several paintings by Jamie Wyeth and an illustration by his grandfather, N.C. Wyeth., the building's owner said Friday. The original paintings and illustration, along with...

Pioneering Black portraitist Barkley L. Hendricks is first artist of color to get solo show at Frick

Sep. 26, 2023 18:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen years ago, Barkley L. Hendricks, the pioneering portrait artist known for vivid, stylish paintings of Black men and women, stood outside the Frick Collection in Manhattan, known for its works by European Old Masters. He was explaining his love for Rembrandt. ...

First Bob Ross TV painting, completed in a half an hour, goes on sale for nearly $10 million

Sep. 20, 2023 18:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — What would Bob Ross think? The artist who brought painting to the people, with works completed for PBS viewers in less than a half-hour with little more than a large bristle brush, putty knife and plenty of encouragement, certainly wouldn’t have envisioned one...

Over 3 years after it was stolen, a van Gogh painting is recovered but with some damage

Sep. 14, 2023 09:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — More than three years after it was stolen from a museum that was shut to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh has been recovered, a little worse for wear, the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands said Tuesday. Van...

Artists want complete control over their public exhibitions. Governments say it’s not that simple

Sep. 08, 2023 15:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — If things had gone as originally planned, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum would be launching its fall exhibition Friday. But officials postponed the show six weeks before the opening over concern that a painting by activist-artist Shepard Fairey could be seen as “disparaging toward...

Belgium is celebrating flowers and surrealism. And nothing is what it seems

Aug. 11, 2023 10:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — If elephants are really known for their sense of direction, what are nine of them doing in the heart of Brussels, seemingly lost between the gothic and baroque houses lining the UNESCO-protected Grand Place? As of Friday, nothing is quite what it seems as the...

Book Review: 'Disobedient' deftly paints the inspiring story of artist Artemisia Gentileschi

Aug. 07, 2023 12:58 PM EDT

“Disobedient” by Elizabeth Fremantle (Pegasus Books) Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting skills quickly surpass her father’s, but society dictates that as a woman, she must stay home and protect her virtue. Art — with its unsavory types and naked models — isn’t exactly fit...

For a group of Ukrainian women, painting is a form of therapy to help them cope with loss

Jul. 14, 2023 03:21 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a sunlit art studio in Kyiv filled with easels and canvases, Iryna Farion puts the finishing touches on an oil painting with a predominantly dark color palette in shades of blue and brown. The artwork depicts two intertwined trees held together by their...