2008 certainly wasn’t one of the best years for art auctions. The above painting Suprematist Composition by Kasimir Malevich turned out to be the most expensive sale of the year at 60 000 000 $.
A big update for our Canadian visitors (and for art lovers from other countries as well): The Group of Seven. The Group of Seven was a group of Canadian painters inspired by the European impressionists. The eight artists we added (one of whom was not officially a member but was closely related) are Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, Alexander Young Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson and Fred Varley.
For those of you who regularly visit our main website, this probably isn’t news anymore since our new layout has been online almost for a month now. But the complete redesign of Artinthepicture.com ofcourse merits a post on this blog as well.
The redesign of Artinthepicture.com is a work of young, Belgian graphic designer Joke Vermeiren, who I (not incidentally) talked about in a previous blog post. While it has become a dark theme with some interesting colorful eyecatchers, it was very important to give the art itself the star role. And I believe our designer certainly has succeeded very well at this balancing exercise.
Apart from the new design, we have also changed/added/deleted some things from the old website. The homepage of our website has been upgraded to become a real gateway to everything on our website. A special section on interesting artbooks has been added. On any artist page you know immediately see the most important thing this artist has to offer: the paintings. And we’ve added a search function at the top of every page for easier browsing.
For now, I welcome you all officially to the new and improved Artinthepicture.com !
Congratulations to René Magritte who, according to Belgian Google, celebrates his 110th birthday today. 110 kisses falling from the sky for him.
We were long due for another unknown painter of the day (it was becoming more like an unknown painter of the year). But today we have for you this 2007 painting Cafe Horse Thief measuring 60x50cm. If you’d wish to learn more about the artist, you can always visit Hans Heiner Buhr’s website.
Probably not so well known, but Matisse also sculpted. This particular sculpture is on view at the MoMA in New York.