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ARTISTS WE LOVE: Rachel Ruysch

WHO: Rachel Ruysch WHAT: Painter WHERE: Northern Netherlands WHEN: 3 June 1664 – 12 August 1750 Rachel Ruysch is best known for her moody and dramatic still life paintings. The daughter of a celebrated anatomist, botanist, and collector (who was also the head of Amsterdam's botanical garden!), Ruysch was an expert of flowers and insects and her paintings of overflowing bouquets often depict a variety of blooms in amazing accuracy and detail. Ruysch is remembered today as one of the very few women who were a part of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. She learned from masters such as Willem van Aelst and married fellow painter Juriaen Pool. While raising their ten children, Ruysch continued to paint and produce commissions for international patrons, developing a legacy that lives on to this day. Check out a few of her striking paintings below.  The painting featured at the top of this post is "Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers",...

NEWS: Now Streaming, June 2017

Happy June, Artcast friends!! We're happy to share a few of the new galleries that are now up on the Artcast app. (We're always adding new galleries to the app, but we wanted to give these galleries a proper introduction!)  Read on below >> Americana French Masters Summer Tropical Birds Urban Color Americana is a collection of contemporary and historic photographs that celebrate American heritage. Perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! Take a classical turn with French Masters, a curated gallery featuring works by Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and more. Summer is a fun and bright gallery filled with imagery of beaches, sunsets, and county fairs. Another great gallery for summer is Tropical Birds - just trust us, it's amazing. And finally, we recommend Urban Color for a cool selection of vibrant street art. Don’t forget you can stream Artcast on Apple TV, Roku, and beyond. Learn more HERE! [caption id="attachment_5630" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Americana"[/caption]   [caption...

Featured Gallery: Masters of the Metropolitan

We're so excited to announce a new gallery called "Masters of the Metropolitan"! Key facts: you can stream it now on Roku and Apple TV, it features over 60 masterpieces from the Met Museum's collection, and is one of our new favorite galleries. "Masters of the Metropolitan" includes works by Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georges Seurat, and more. Keep reading for a few of our favorite paintings from the gallery. [caption id="attachment_5622" align="alignnone" width="1024"] View of Cagnes, Chaim Soutine[/caption] The painting above by Chaim Soutine was painting during a time in the 1920s that he spent in the French mountain village of Cagnes. The blue, green, and earthy colors illustrate the calm atmosphere of the area near the French Riviera. The swirling brushwork gives the village a imaginary, dreamlike quality. Other paintings in the gallery include My Bunkie by American painter Charles Schreyvogel, who painted scenes of the...

WOODSWIMMER (Video)

WOODSWIMMER by Brett Foxwell. This just might be the coolest thing you'll see all week, and it's only Monday. It's made entirely/100%/completely from wood! The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branches. We love the way that the wood comes back to life - constantly changing, morphing, and growing. Check it out below. Also, isn't "WoodSwimmer" the prefect name??   [embed]https://vimeo.com/196683500[/embed]...

NEWS: Now Streaming, March 2017

Where has March gone! Somehow Daylight Savings has already passed, St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, and we're in full spring mode (the perfect LA weather makes it hard not to be)! We're a little late in sharing the exciting news, but there are new galleries up on the Artcast app. (We'll, we're always adding new galleries to the app, but it's time these guys received a proper introduction!) Read on below >> Masters of Fine Art Jellies Ribbons of Smoke Artistic Ocean Linear Perspectives Don’t forget you can stream Artcast on Apple TV, Roku, and beyond. Learn more HERE! [caption id="attachment_5443" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Still from "Artistic Ocean"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5444" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Still from "Jellies"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5445" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Linear Perspectives"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5446" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Masters of Fine Art", "The Harvest" by Vincent Van Gogh[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5447" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Still from "Ribbons of Smoke"[/caption]...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Horace Pippin

WHO: Horace Pippin WHAT: Painter WHERE: Pennsylvania, USA WHEN: 22 February 1888 – 6 July 1946 FAMOUS FOR: Horace Pippin is best known for his striking oil paintings, which depicted the American landscapes around him and scenes from his heritage. At a young age and throughout his World War I service in the famous Harlem Hellfighters 369th infantry, Horace drew the scenes around him. As a form of rehabilitation after being shot in the shoulder, Horace continued creating art and eventually moved to oil paintings. His paintings find a unique place of maturity and folk art, as the colors, textures, and dimensionality give voice to Pippin's perspective on slavery, segregation, the Great Depression, and American life. “When I was a boy I loved to make pictures, [but war] brought out all the art in me.  I can never forget suffering and I will never forget sunsets. So I came home with all of it in my mind and I paint from it today.” -Horace Pippin [caption id="attachment_5508" align="aligncenter" width="591"]...

Featured Artist: Vakseen

Our friend, Vakseen, has been a Featured Artist on Artcast for awhile now, but we thought it was high time we give him a proper introduction. Vakseen paints with a distinct collage-influenced painting style (Vanity Pop) that fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, abstract portraits. While most viewers assume they’re viewing collage or mixed media art, each creation is in fact meticulously hand painted directly on canvas. Drawing distinct inspiration from our fascination with popular culture, his gallant paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity and self preservation.   [caption id="attachment_5491" align="alignnone" width="1000"] 2am Innocence, Vakseen[/caption] He explains, "My creations pulsate with feminine energy. Women are God’s greatest work of art and I believe life as we know it, evolves around them. Although I couldn’t fathom being a woman in this patriarchal world we live in, I open my creative process to the allure inherent to...

NEWS: Now Streaming, January 2017

Happy New Year from our team to yours! We're so excited about everything in the works for this year - 2017 is going to be one of the best! To start the year off right, be sure to check out some of the exciting galleries that we're adding this month. Tropical Beaches Painterly Scotland Modern Lines Harbor Life Don’t forget you can stream Artcast on Apple TV, Roku, and Google Play. Learn more here! [caption id="attachment_5443" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Tropical Beaches"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5444" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Painterly", Farmhouse in Provence by Vincent van Gogh, 1888[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5445" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Scotland," the Isle of Skye[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5446" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Modern Lines"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5447" align="alignnone" width="1024"] From "Harbor Life"[/caption]...

Famous Portraits of Artists’ Lovers

Almost as famous a lover as an artist, Pablo Picasso had several lifetimes’ worth of romantic partners, each of whom left a mark on his work. His 1932 portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter (on the left)—who was just 17 when she and Picasso began their relationship in 1927—shows the young woman lost in a contented reverie while inviting the viewer’s gaze with a knowing smile. In the following decade, Picasso’s style shifted away from classicizing curves toward an angular geometry, as shown in a portrait of Dora Maar (on the right) from 1944.  The arresting, direct gaze of Dora in Femme en vert (Dora) contrasts sharply with the portrait of a dozing Marie-Thérèse. Maar, who became involved with Picasso in 1935, was a photographer, poet, and painter in her own right. She is reputed to have commanded a place as Picasso’s intellectual equal and artistic partner during their time together. Read the full article...