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A critic accused Whistler of “flinging paint at the public” when he saw this painting, so Whistler sued him.
Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.
In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.
A princess falls under a spell and sleeps for a hundred years — but Burne-Jones never shows us the kiss that awakens her.
Landscape painting was considered lowly subject, but Constable gives them the six-foot treatment.
The Colombian Chorographic Commission mapped the country while also documenting the landscape and its people.
From mountain-shaped incense burners to paradisiacal Buddhist paintings, landscapes are central to Chinese art.
The subject is conventional, but Liang Kai’s airy composition makes this painting unusual. What’s behind the mist?
The artist eliminated a key element of this innovative painting five years after he finished it.
Combining metallic curls with mottled color, Kôrin’s screens capture the pulsing vitality of early spring.
Beautifully rendered details of the Dieppe harbor are second only to Turner’s true love—the sublime sun.
Refusing to idealize, Constable fills his landscapes with the specificity of a fleeting summer day.