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Saatchi online

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

© Martin Stranka

You might know the Saatchi brand from being a leading art collection supporting such artists as Damien Hirst and Peter Doig. Or you might know Saatchi from creating one of the world’s leading marketing agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi.

Now the art and marketing expertise have been thrown together to form a  new concept: Saatchi Online. Saatchi Online is a virtual art gallery where artists can display their own works for sale and make use of the strong name that Saatchi has built up. Its main target is for people to buy original art, but the tagline also suggests the online gallery is ideal for discovering new artists.

I find it an interesting way to leverage a well-known brand to help fledgling artists start selling their work. Although the website is entirely open to all artists, you will notice that many of the pages have been curated to show a decent enough quality of work as to not dilute the website. All in all if you’re looking for up and coming artists to buy and are willing to weed through some lower quality work, Saatchi Online might be of good use to you.

The work in the picture above is called “I Found The Silence” by Martin Stranka


art prices break records

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Is there still a crisis going on? Art record prices keep on breaking. Early this month Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became the most expensive artwork sold at auction, after it fetched $ 119.9 million. This week not only pop-art-artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping girl” was sold for $ 45 million, “Orange, red, yellow” by Mark Rothko, broke the previous record for a work of his hand and is now the most expensive work of contemporary art with a pricetag of $ 86,9 million.

new drawing by Pieter Brueghel the Elder discovered in Antwerp

Friday, April 27th, 2012

In Antwerp, for the first time since the seventies unknown work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder surfaced. The landscape will be shown in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

The drawing of a mountain landscape with two passengers is the first unknown drawing of the artist to show up since the seventies. According to the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, the work “both in composition and drawing techniques has all characteristics of Bruegel‘s work from the period 1552-1555.”

The museum describes the drawing as invaluable. “Bruegel has a very limited oeuvre: forty sixty paintings and prints. Such a rare work of such a great artist hardly ever appears.”

photoshopped women in paintings

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano took a Photoshop scalpel to 12 famous nude Venuses to see what art history class would’ve been like “if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past.”

They remind me of the before and after adds in magazines, in which 20 pounds suddenly melt away. I wonder which one you prefer. The 21st century eye tends to choose the slim version.

Alessandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

William-Aldolphe Bouguereau, The Birth of Venus

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Venus Anadyomene

Angelo Bronzino, Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time

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art inspired outfits

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Art can inspire you in many different ways, even when you want to pick a new outfit.

Inspired by ‘Woman with a Water Jug‘ by Jan Vermeer.

Inspired by Amedeo Modigliani‘s ‘Gypsy Woman with Baby‘.

Inspired by ‘Young Mother Sewing‘ by Mary Cassatt.

An outfit inspired by ‘Music‘ by Gustav Klimt.

for more art inspired outfits go to georgina-m’s polivore collection.

interactive starry night by Vincent van Gogh

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

A visualisation of the flow of the famous painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Starry Night (interactive animation) from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo.

Record price for ‘Card Players’ by Cezanne by Qatar Royal Family

Monday, February 6th, 2012

One of Paul Cezanne’s most-loved paintings has sold for USD 250 million, currently the highest price ever paid for a work  of art.

The Card Players was bought by the Gulf  kingdom of Qatar. The ruling royal family beat two of the world’s top art dealers to win the masterpiece. The painting is one in a series of five works depicting Provencal peasants immerged in their game of cards. The following painting can be found in our gallery:

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Edgar Degas paintings

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Our collection of paintings by impressionist painter Edgar Degas was expanded considerably today. Feel free to explore!

bringing art to life

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Bringing art to life is a much loved theme for several photographers. Famed photographer Peter Lindbergh gives us his vision on these artworks. The photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine involved Hollywood actress Julianne Moore recreating famous paintings such as Woman With a Fan by Amadeo Modigliani, The Artist’s Wife by Egon Schiele, Madame X by John Singer Sargent and Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt.

100 years ago Mona Lisa disappeared

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Today it is exactly 100 years ago that Mona Lisa, the celebrated masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, disappeared from the Louvre museum in Paris. On Aug. 21, 1911, an Italian house painter named Vincenzo Peruggia, who had briefly worked on a project at the Louvre, walked out of the Paris museum with the painting. He kept police and newspapers speculating about the crime for more than two years before sending a letter to a Florence art dealer offering him the painting. Peruggia was soon caught and successfully tried.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/21/2366421/100-years-ago-mona-lisa-disappeared.html#ixzz1VesWlqER