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Though Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is famous for his paintings and prints, he is less well-known his sculptural pieces. Chagall began making ceramic sculptures at the age of 63, and despite working at a time when sculpting was being revolutionized by the likes of Constantin Brancusi, ...

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In 1994 the French Ministry of Culture established the award and title Maitre d'Art (Master of Art), the French equivalent of Japan's Living National Treasure, in an effort to promote artistic innovation and help preserve and pass down the skills of traditional craftsmanship to ...

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Insects in Art

Butterflies fluttering over flowers, cicadas buzzing on trees and dragonflies darting across rice fields — insects have long been symbols of different seasons in Japan. In China they are also considered lucky omens due to their delicate and mystical appearances. Chinese ideology and Western ...

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Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha

Between 1964 and 1992, Kouga Hirano was placed in charge of designing all book covers for Shobunsha, an unusual role for just one person at a publishing company. His designs, however, brought a new look and dynamic sense of style to publications, resulting in ...

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Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall both moved to France during the early 20th century when avant-garde art was flourishing in Paris. Though the two artists produced works of distinctively different styles, they shared similar concepts in their depiction of deformed objects and their focus ...

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Arcimboldo: Nature into Art

Though some critics believed Arcimboldo may have had mental health issues, others attribute his unusual style as part of the era's fascination with the grotesque. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, also produced many bizarrely exaggerated caricature-like portraits. Ten oil paintings, including the masterpieces "Spring," "Summer," ...

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Yoshitomo Nara established his internationally renowned style of cartoon-like characters while living in Germany from the 1980s to the mid-'90s. His early works, he says, were derived from childhood memories and feelings of solitude while growing up in Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture. Now, however, ...

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