Student Art Series: Erin DeSimone on the work of Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh, considered to be one of the most legendary painters in recorded history, was well known for his penchant for self-portraiture. A prolific artist, he drew and painted himself more than 43 times between 1886 and 1889. He said of portrait studies, “The only thing in painting that excites me to the depths […]

Student Art Series: Landon Naylor on the work of William Hogarth

The Rake’s Progress: Scene 8, The Rake in Bedlam (Oil on Canvas, 62.5 x 75 cm, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London) is one of a series of eight paintings by 18th century artist William Hogarth. Produced from 1732-33, the series was engraved and published in print in 1735. The series depicts the downfall of Tom […]

Student Art Series: Christy Slobogin on the work of Frans Halle

  Malle Babbe (Oil on Canvas, 28 x 25 in, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin) is a macabre work by artist Frans Hals. Most notable for his loose painterly brushwork, he helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Painted between 1633 and 1635, this piece was traditionally interpreted as a genre painting in portrait format, […]

Student Art Series: Gabrielle Amoils on the work of Francis Bacon

Figure Study II (Oil on canvas, 145 cm x 129 cm, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield) is unmistakably the work of Francis Bacon. An Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery, Bacon’s artwork espoused an existential dread that buffeted his reputation back and forth between equal parts revile and acclaim […]

Student Art Series: Nicholas Dellasanta on the work of James Gillray

  Regarded as being one of the two most historically influential cartoonists (along with William Hogarth), James Gillray is often remembered as the father of the political cartoon. His sense of the absurd, deep understanding of audience, and an expanse of resource helped him successfully execute satirical works calling the king, prime ministers, and generals […]