Picasso Painting Breaks Record at 179.4 Million Dollars at Auction

Picasso's Painting Is The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold   Pablo Picasso This past Monday, Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" sold at auction in New York for $179,365,000. The painting is considered to be one of the Pablo Picasso's most important works.  "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)", translated to "Women of Algiers (Version O)" is the final painting in a series painted between 1954 and 1955. The 15 part series of paintings created by Picasso are considered to be some of Picasso's best work due to the vibrant cubist depiction of nude and semi-nude women.    "Women of Algiers (Version O)"  The original seri... [More]

Adding Art Into Other School Subjects Makes Learning More Fun

Art is Important as a School Subject, but Can It be a Teaching Tool too?   Although many schools cut arts first in their search to slash budgets because of the expense of art supplies (the answer is that they aren't shopping at Jerry's where all the deals are), recent studies have shown that exposure to art can help students grow academically. So in response to cutting art class budgets, many teachers are integrating art into other subjects to help students learn. Not only have they found that teaching with art helps students raise their academic grades, but it can also boost self-confidence, creativity and school spirit.  So far, ... [More]

Happy Birthday Paul Signac

This French Painter who helped develop Pointillism would be 151 today   Born in Paris on November 11th, 1863, this Neo-Impressionist painter came into the world with a mission to pursue a career as a painter. Inspired by an exhibit of Claude Monet's paintings, Paul Signac sailed around the great coasts of Europe painting impressionistic landscapes along the way. In 1884, Signac met Georges Seurat and was inspired by him to take a systematic approach to the impressionistic style he had been taken with in Monet's work. Although he experimented with a variety of media including etchings, lithographs and pen and ink sketches, his true artist... [More]

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