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Madeleine in the Bois dAmour by Emile Bernard

A close friend of both Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh, Bernard painted his sister while on a summer trip to Pont Aven, Brittany in 1888. See the painting and learn more about this post-Impressionist painter and the style of synthetism.


Paintings by Alfred Sisley

 Paintings by Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley's landscapes and plein air techniques make him a good example of the Impressionist movement. Learn about the painter Alfred Sisley. See more »

Paintings by Mary Cassatt

 Paintings by Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was one of the few women, and the only American, invited to join the Impressionists. Learn about the life and artwork of Mary Cassatt. See more »

Paintings by Paul Gauguin

 Paintings by Paul Gauguin

Impressionist Paul Gauguin is most famous for his paintings of native life in Tahiti. Learn about the life and artwork of the painter Paul Gauguin. See more »

Paintings by Paul Signac

 Paintings by Paul Signac

After Paul Signac met Georges Seurat in 1884, the Impressionist began experimenting with Neo-Impressionism. Read about the career of Paul Signac. See more »

The Talisman by Paul Serusier

 The Talisman by Paul Serusier

Paul Serusier met Paul Gauguin in 1888, and shortly afterward painted The Talisman. Read about the Impressionist Paul Serusier and his enigmatic work. See more »

Paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

 Paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec became famous for his depictions of Parisian nightlife. Learn about the artwork of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. See more »

Are there secret messages in da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'?

 Are there secret messages in da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'?

The 'Last Supper' painting by Da Vinci has generated many hidden-meaning theories. Could these theories be real? Learn more about the 'Last Supper'. See more »

How Stone Lithography Works

How Stone Lithography Works

Today, artists use stone lithography to produce fine art prints, but 150 years ago it was THE color-printing technology. It's an incredible art form. Take a photo-filled look at this fascinating process. See more »

How Illustration Works

 How Illustration Works

Greg and Tim Hildebrandt's famous illustrations shaped how countless other artists envisioned Tolkien's world. Learn all about the remarkable process that leads to these amazing paintings. See more »

How Art Works

 How Art Works

"You see it every day, but what, exactly, is art? Learn about art and explore the huge collection of art now becoming available on the Web!" See more »