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The art of the Japanese print-master Hokusai

Credit: The great wave off Kanagawa (1831) by Hokusai; via Wikipedia

Japanese Art and Hokusai

Arguably, the most famous Japanese artist, even today, worked in that period – Hokusai. Born in 1760, he lived for 89 years and created more than 30,000 pictures. He never stopped practicing his art. Hokusai strongly believed that the older he got, the better his art. Matter of fact, it proved to be true, at least if popularity is the measure of quality. His latest and most ambitious project was called Thirthy-six views of mount Fuji and was literally what the title says. No less than 36 different perspectives of the highest and most sacred mountain in Japan. One of these pictures became especially famous for its ingenious use of color, perspective, suggestive theme, and aesthetic qualities – The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

Below you can enjoy a short video with yet another mesmerizing narration by James Payne.

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Great Art Explained: Edward Hopper

Credit: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942 (via Wikipedia)

Between painting and cinema

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is one of the most renowned American painters of the 20th century. His paintings are enigmatic, thought-provocative, and suggestive. His style – realistic, sharp, and "noir". He often depicts dark scenes torn by stark light with lonely and sullen figures, usually a couple that emits dysfunctional emotionality and disconnection. 

Most of his works look like shots directly taken from the films of his time. In fact, many times they were. He was an ardent cinephile. He took inspiration from motion pictures and turned them into pictures. Interestingly, many directors were also greatly influenced by Hopper's paintings and in turn, used them in their movies. That became the most emblematic conversation between painting and cinema, and 55 years later, it is still an ongoing relationship productively connecting two different mediums.

Below you can enjoy another great short video made on the topic by James Payne.

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Great Art Explained: The Scream

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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) is a Norwegian painter who is considered the father of expressionism and one of the most influential figures in the world of modern art. His childhood was darkened by illness, death, and the constant fear of inheriting a mental condition that ran in the family. However, he managed to maintain a relative mental composure. 

He studied Royal School of Art and Design in Kristiania (today's Oslo), where he became part of the bohemia and met the Norwegian nihilist writer Hans Jæger. The latter inspired Munch to begin to paint his inner emotional and psychological states, which was seminal for the development of his style.

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Money Killed Art. Here's how we take it back​

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Art is Dead

Western Culture holds a particular proneness to metaphysical killings. First, it was God, then the Meaning, the Self, later on, the Author, and now we are aiming at Art. However, each time a new God, Meaning, or Self has been summoned up from the old ones. It appears that such dynamics are part of our tradition and are symbolically represented by the archetype of the Phoenix, forever resurrecting, back from its ashes. If we search for the sources of these revolutionary movements in history, we could trace them back to ancient Greece's shift from mythological thinking to Philosophy, or even before that in Mesopotamian and Egyptian periodical movements from one Supreme God to another.

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