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Celebrating 25-year Anniversary of NeoPopRealsim Art Style Created by NADIA RUSS: 1989-2014 & 10-year Anniversary of the NeoPopRealist 10 canons for happier life: 2004-2014

Nadia Russ’ artworks, early 90s. From left to right:
1.”Girlfriends“, gouache/paper, 1993; 2. “Jazz“, gouache/paper, 1992; 3. “Metaphysical Portrait“, acrylic/canvas, 1992; 4. “The Play“, acrylic/canvas, 1991.

It is wide known that in our regular life, an average person uses only 16 percent of the brain’s gray matter. But to do something unique, doesn’t matter it is science or in visual arts, one must involve more than that. There are many training courses there that teach how to do it. Many artists simply rely on the drugs or alcohol trying to achieve this state of mind. Nadia Russ made it other way. She followed advice of the famous in Russia psychologist Anatoly Kashpirovski. In 1989, Kashpirovski had his program on TV. During his TV sessions, the ill people were recovering in a minute; Nadia Russ saw the miraculous disappearing of the scar at her aunt’s neck, result of the surgery, after her aunt participated in the Kashpirovski’s TV recovery sessions. Then, in 1989, the whole country was literally and figuratively glued to the TV sets during his program. One of those TV sessions was dedicated to creative people. Kashpirovski was teaching them how to destroy limits and remove restrictions, which prevent our brain function in a high creative mode, and to involve more than 16 percent of the gray matter that would help to achieve unique creative results. Nadia Russ followed his advise and it worked. The NeoPopRealism appeared same year, 1989. Today, those information on how to remove the limits and restrictions is included in every Nadia Russ’ art instructional book in a chapter “Get Inspired.”

First NeoPopRealist artworks Nadia Russ created in 1989. She used black ink pen on white paper. In 1992-1994, these her NeoPopRealist drawings appeared in magazine “Russian Justice”, illustrating the stories, which magazine published monthly. Later, more of her work were featured in many other publications in Ukraine, Russia, Bahamas, UK, and USA (see NeoPopRealism Journal: http://neopoprealismjournal.wikifoundry.com/page/Nadia+Russ/). In 1990, Nadia Russ participated with her drawings in a group art exhibition in Moscow’s Manege, the most prestigious exhibition place in Russia, located near Red Square. The following years, she was participating in more group exhibitions and had her solo shows in different countries.

In 1996, Nadia Russ flew to the Bahamas, where she spent 4 years creating and exhibiting her art, driving her convertible Mercedes under Caribbean sun that burns out your brains, eating fish and lobsters, and swimming with sharks. Eventually, she began to miss the metropolitan city’s life and flew to New York in 2000. The U.S. and NYC met her friendly and surrounded with the land’s sharks, who just loved her and everything she did. This love was almost fatal for her. But this is another story, which you can read in Nadia Russ’ autobiographical book “DECA-DaNCE,” ISBN: 978-0615655680.

Nadia Russ was continuing to draw and paint. January 4, 2003, she created a term for her new art style she created in 1989 – NeoPopRealism. The NeoPopRealism art style explores the deep and philosophical themes, combining the brightness and simplicity; it carries high energy colors and has graphic nature. In 2004, Nadia Russ created the NeoPopRealist philosophy for happier life with its 10 canons that work. These canons perfectly fit to our contemporary life and can make you feel great about self and even to be happy. You will find these canons in Nadia Russ’ website (www.nadiaruss.com) and in every book she authored.

In present time, the NeoPopRealism art style and philosophy for happier life went wide. Art teachers teach NeoPopRealism in the United States’ schools (see some links below) and abroad. In Brazil – the 3rd largest country in the world – February 2014, the text book in Portuguese “Artes – 4° ano – Unidade 2  – Ensino Fundamental I” will be published by Editora Poliedro Ltda; it will teach NeoPopRealism art style many little Brazilians. The copies will be distributed among schools’ art teachers. More yet to come!


– Foreman High School, 3235 N. Leclaire Ave. Chicago, IL 60641: http://foremanhs.org/foreman/attachments/article/568/COLOR%20SCHEMES_SEP24%20(1).pdf

– Bay School, 3200 Minnesota Ave., Panama City, FL, 32405. Student Art of the months – a piece of NeoPopRealism:

– Nadia Russ official website: www.nadiaruss.com

– NeoPopRealism Press official website: www.neopoprealism.org

All the Pretty Selfies Are Here to Stay

Barak Obama took a selfie. This made headlines, not because he took it, but because he took it while attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela. It makes us realize how natural and almost unconscious an act it is. Like checking your messages on your iphone We do it all the time, without even thinking. Are these portraits a passing fad, or are they here to stay? Do they have a place in the art scene discourse? Alicia Eler interviews some artists who think they do.


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We’re all poorer when art is locked up

Every artist wishes to sell his work, if only to make enough money to make another painting. Selling one’s work to a collector and becoming financially independent is a dream. Of course, artists do not only wish for the money, but for the interaction which occurs when their work is exhibited. However, it is the art market which determines which works should be on view. Some collectors keep their art hidden away because rarity of work fuels prices. How does this affect the artist and the viewer?

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol blurred the lines between personal artistic expression and celebrity culture. He specifically created many copies of the same piece so as to question the value of the artist’s personal touch as opposed to the value of the collective. In keeping with this, many of his pieces were not created by him personally, but by his assistants. It isn’t a far jump for collectors and their lawyers to question the authenticity of the work.

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8 Most Famous Paintings In Western Art

Throughout history, artists have made countless paintings. Many have undoubtedly inspired, enthralled, and possibly even changed the lives of viewers. But only a few can be called icons.

Here are 8 of the most famous paintings in the history of Western art.

Most famous paintings

  1. Mona Lisa (c. 1503-06), Leonardo da Vinci

one of the most famous paintings in historyThe Mona Lisa or La Gioconda has captivated viewers for centuries and is quite possibly the single most popular painting today. The Italian Renaissance artist and polymath Leonardo da Vinci has allegedly painted it between 1503 and 1506, and possibly until 1517.

The Mona Lisa was painted using oil as a medium on a Lombardy poplar panel. The piece is owned by the French Republic and hangs at the Louvre Museum, where it has been on permanent display since 1797.

The alluring work of art is thought to be a portrait of the Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini and may have been commissioned by her husband, the Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo. However, the true identity of the subject — as well as the reason for her iconic smile — remains a mystery to this very day. Some have speculated that the portrait is of da Vinci’s mother or even of the artist himself in drag.

The Mona Lisa holds the highest insurance valuation for any painting. As of 2017, it was worth almost $800 million.

  1. The Starry Night (1889), Vincent van Gogh

One of the most recognizable paintings in the history of Western culture, The Starry Night is considered one of Vincent van Gogh’s best works. Ironically, the artist himself wasn’t too fond of the painting and, in a letter to his brother Theo, said that he was not satisfied with it.

The Starry Night shows the view through an east-facing window in van Gogh’s room at the asylum of Saint Rémy in France, where he had voluntarily admitted himself following the ear-chopping incident. The painting, an oil on canvas, shows the sky just before sunrise, along with the rooftops of an idealized village. Today, it belongs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where it has been since 1941.

  1. The Scream (1893), Edvard Munch

The Scream shows the agonized face of a male subject standing on a bridge under a bloody orange sky. The image, which many have taken as symbolizing the anxiety experienced by modern man, is one of the most iconic in modern culture. Edvard Munch painted The Scream using oil, pastel, crayon, and tempera on cardboard.

Munch said that the idea for the painting came to him while he was out for a walk during sunset. Art scholars have reportedly pinpointed the exact spot — a fjord overlooking Oslo — where the Norwegian Expressionist artist was struck by inspiration for The Scream.

  1. Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665), Johannes Vermeer

Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer painted this iconic study of a young woman during the 17th century. The painting is remarkable for its surprisingly modern and realistic look, which almost resembles a photograph.

Contrary to popular belief, Girl with a Pearl Earring is not a portrait. It is a tronie, a Dutch style of painting that depicts an exaggerated character or facial expression in costume. In this particular tronie, the subject wears a turban, a robe or dress, and an unusually large pearl earring.

Recently, experts have questioned whether the earring in the painting is actually made of pearl, given its improbable size and shape. According to them, the sheen of the material suggests that it may have actually been made of tin. The identity of the subject is also still a mystery, with some speculating that the girl in the painting was Vermeer’s maid.

  1. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886), Georges Seurat

An excellent example of the pointillist technique, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is Georges Seurat’s most popular work. The oil on canvas painting depicts a suburban scene in which Parisians hang out on the banks of the Seine. The working class scene portrayed in the painting was a favorite subject of Seurat’s, in contrast to the bourgeois settings portrayed by his contemporaries.

Seurat first exhibited A Sunday Afternoon alongside the works of Impressionists in 1886. It quickly became popular and led to Seurat being acknowledged as the leader of Neo-Impressionism. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1924.

  1. Guernica (1937), Pablo Picasso

Out of Picasso’s many, many remarkable artworks, Guernica can be rightfully called the one that is best-known.

Guernica, a gigantic oil on canvas painting, depicts the aftermath of the bombing of the Basque city of Guernica by German and Italian warplanes during the Spanish Civil War. It shows the suffering of the victims, humans and animals alike, amidst chaos and flames. In the painting, a mother cradles a dead child, a horse with a gaping wound in its side cries in agony, and a dismembered soldier’s severed arm grips a broken sword.

Guernica is considered one of the most moving and important anti-war paintings in modern history. Upon its completion, the painting was taken on an international tour to help bring attention to the Spanish Civil War. Today, it hangs at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

  1. The Kiss (1907-1908), Gustav Klimt

Widely considered to be Gustav Klimt’s most famous work, The Kiss shows a couple in an intimate embrace, their bodies shrouded in extravagantly patterned robes. The Kiss, an oil painting with gold and silver leaf added, was created during the artist’s “Golden Period” and was influenced by the Art Nouveau style.

  1. American Gothic (1930), Grant Wood

American Gothic depicts a middle-aged couple standing together with stern expressions. The man holds a pitchfork while the woman wears a printed apron. The painting symbolizes the determination of the Americans who lived during the Great Depression.

According to artist Grant Wood, he was inspired to paint American Gothic after seeing the actual house in the painting’s background and imagining the type of people who would live in it. For the painting, the wife was modeled by Wood’s sister while the husband was modeled by their dentist. American Gothic is one of the most widely parodied paintings and one of the most famous paintings in modern art history.


The Golden Ratio In Art

Also known as the divine proportion and the golden mean, the golden ratio is a mathematical principle that can be observed in nature and has been applied to man-made things, including art, design, architecture, and music.

Many prominent artists have used the golden ratio in art to make their work more visually appealing. But what is the golden ratio, exactly? Let’s find out.

What is the golden ratio?

The golden ratio is a geometric relationship in mathematics that is achieved when the ratio of two quantities is similar to the ratio of the sum of the two quantities to the greater of the two quantities. The value is an irrational number that has a value of approximately 1.618. The decimal form of the golden ratio stretches into infinity and, like the value of pi, never repeats.

The golden ratio is represented by the phi (“fie”) – a Greek letter – and is also called the golden section, divine section, golden cut, golden number, golden proportion, sacred cut, medial section, and divine section. These terms all mean the same thing. The golden ratio or phi is very useful in quadratic equations, trigonometry, and even in programming software.

If you want to try to visualize the golden ratio, imagine a rectangle that has a length of 1.618 and a width of 1. If I asked you to divide the rectangle such that one part is a rectangle and one part is a square, the sides of the square would have a ratio of 1:1. Meanwhile, the rectangle you are left with will be proportionate to the rectangle you started with and have a ratio of 1:1.618.

You can divide the smaller rectangle again and get a square with a ratio of 1:1 and a rectangle with a ratio of 1:1.618. This will continue on, yielding the exact same ratios, until you run out of space.

We can use the golden ratio to make forms like the golden rectangle, where the ratio of one side, particularly the longer side, to the shorter side is 1:1.618, as well as the golden spiral, which gets wider by a factor of phi or 1.618 every quarter turn. The golden ratio can also be applied to other geometric forms, including triangles, prisms, pyramids, circles, polygons, and more.

Some mathematicians have found that the human face follows the golden ratio. The more closely the proportions of the human face adhere to the golden ratio, the more attractive it is. However, this isn’t true all the time, as each face is distinct and our opinions about what makes a face beautiful vary widely.

The golden ratio in art

Thousands of years ago, someone discovered that when you apply the golden ratio to art, it becomes very appealing to the eye.

Artists began mathematically calculating the proportions in their paintings. Since then, many have used the golden ratio to position their subjects and to balance the smaller elements with the larger elements.

The golden ratio is also applied to the creation of three-dimensional artworks. It is evident in works such as Bird in Space (1927) by Constantin Brancusi and in Three Points (1939-1940) by Henry Moore.

The golden ratio in paintings


Some art experts suggest that the Italian artist Michelangelo may have used the golden ratio when he painted The Creation of Adam (1512), the masterpiece that adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Many have observed that if you put a border around the area that contains God and Adam, the finger of God connects with the finger of Adam at the exact golden ratio point of the height and width of that area.

Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Super is an example of golden ratio in artSome mathematicians have scrutinized the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci and found that he used the golden ratio extensively in his work. In The Last Supper (1495-1498), for instance, the hands of Jesus are placed at the golden mean of half of the height of the painting. Some have calculated that the dimensions of the room and the table in the composition also follow the golden ratio.

Meanwhile, in The Annunciation (1472-1475), the ratio of the wall of the courtyard to the top and bottom of the composition is equal to the golden ratio. The emblems on the table are also in golden ratio to the width of the table.


In The School of Athens (1509-1511) by the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael, there is a small golden rectangle in the middle. The ratio of the height and width of the rectangle is equal to the golden ratio. The golden mean is also evident throughout the painting, in the columns, arches, stairs, and some decorative elements.

Georges Seurat

Neo-Impressionist master Georges Seurat may have used the golden ratio to organize some of his compositions, including the Bathers at Asnières (1884), where it defines the horizon, balances the scene, and places some of the subjects and points of interest. In Bridge at Courbevoie (1887), the horizon, the mast, and the jetty all seem to have been positioned using the golden ratio.

Edward Burne Jones

The Golden Stairs (1876-1880) is one of the best examples of the use of the golden ratio in paintings. Here, the golden ratio appears over and over again in the stairs. It’s also in the proportions of the women’s dresses and in the rings of the trumpet carried by one of the women.

Salvador Dali

The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955) by the Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is another prime example of a painting suffused with the golden ratio. Here, the dimensions of the composition follow the golden ratio as does the dodecahedron dominating the background.

The golden ratio can also be found in the edges of the ceiling and the location of the two disciples flanking Jesus Christ. The position of the table is in golden ratio to the height of the painting.

There are many reasons for the use of the golden ratio in art. It helps balance the weight of the artwork and makes the composition instantly appealing to the viewer. Even when we don’t know that the proportions between the elements of an artwork follow the golden ratio, we’re immediately attracted to that work.



Vic Vicini

Vic Vicini

Born 1957, Detroit Mi, US.
Lives and works in Livonia MI, US.

Original still life, figurative and landscape paintings from award winning artist Vic Vicini. Realism art focusing on retro Diner landscape and interior settings. Major focus is on high reflective objects. From figurative to landscape to high realism still life. Received a BFA at Wayne State University in Painting and Printmaking. Exhibit throughout the Midwest for over 20 years.

Salvador Dali’s Greatest Artworks

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is best known for his painting “The Persistence of Memory”. It is the enigmatic artwork depicting melting clocks. Dali is one of the more famous modern painters known for his surrealistic pieces. He started his career as a draftsman and was noticed because of his unique and odd surrealist pieces. He takes great influence from the Renaissance style of paintings. The Persistence of Memory has an obvious touch of the Renaissance era which he completed in 1931. This work is an oil painting in canvas and is now housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Born in Catalonia, Spain, Dali has immersed himself in various art forms including photography, film and sculpting. He has worked with a number of media arts experts in various fields and collaborated to bring to life various works of arts in different departments.

There is great symbolism and deep meanings in Dali’s paintings. For example, in his most popular work, The Persistence of Memory, he is actually defying Einstein’s principle of time and stating that time is not fixed and that time is relative. The function of the clock is somehow a symbolic imagery in his art work.

Sculpting is another hobby and skill that Dali is known for; he is also exceptional in this department. He made the Lobster Telephone in 1936 and Mae West Lips Sofa in 1937. These works are commission by Edward James, who is also a surrealist artist of his time. The sculpture depicts sex themes. These art pieces are now housed in the German Telephone Museum and in the National Gallery of Australia.

Dali is one of the more versatile 20th century artists and has hopped into various forms of art to express his creativity and voice. His paintings are greatly influenced by Pablo Picasso, a fellow Spanish artists, and Joan Miro. There is a lot of classical and renaissance touch in most of his works. He would also insert religious symbolism in his masterpieces. For example, the images of eggs are apparent and consistent in all his arts, which is said to be a symbolism of conception signifying hope and love.  Aside from painting and sculpture, he also dived into printmaking, writing, fashion and filmmaking. Some of his projects include collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Bunuel.

There are a number of art critics who took awe in Dali’s works and interpret and analyze his paintings. One theory concludes that Dali’s work is an attempt in capturing his dream and even hallucinations into solid imagery. This is evident in the omnipresent images that his painting depicts in the effort of drawing something intangible such as time.

There are also a lot of dark themes that are regarded in Dali’s art pieces these includes motifs of death and eroticism. Psychoanalytical elements can also be found in his works. One can also find some personal history in his pieces that depicts his childhood and deep memories. There is also a mix of fetish and religious imagery in most of his paintings.

Elenore Abbott’s Finest Works

Elenore Abbott

For someone who is in love with modern day tales like Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kidnapped and Robin Crusoe, Elenore Abott’s work would look very familiar to you. Abbot is an American illustrator and painter whose works are made popular in story books. Her works as a painter and a scenic designer also graced countless popular magazines.

Abbott learned artistry and painting in various art schools in Paris and in Philadelphia. She was schooled in Pennyslvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia School of Design for Women and Académie des Beaux-Arts.

All through the course of her career, Abott joined a number of art groups including New Women and The Plastic Club. Aside from her famed artworks in books, she is also landscape scenic designer and has worked great magic in theater production like The Emperor Jones. She is also a mainstay as illustrator in Harper’s magazine and other publications like Scribners and the Saturday Evening Post.

Abott’s claim to fame is when she showcased her illustration prowess and her painting techniques in books. You can find her works in classic tales like Kidnapped and Treasure Island. She then went on to bring the characters to life in Louisa May Alcott’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales. She also illustrated Old Fashioned Girl by the same author. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, is another famed feather on her hat.

Her famed watercolor paintings are exhibited at the Philadelphia Water Color Exhibitions. Some of the notable works she has are The Fairy Take, Kerfol, Lamia, Endymion and the Nereids, The Mother, Madrigal, Water and Oh, to Line in the Grass with Pan. Most of his works for the Swiss Family Robinson and Kidnapped are now housed in the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania while her art pieces for Treasure Island are mostly found in Delaware Art Museum in Willmington. One of her great works, The Dance, which is a mural she did in the years 1986 to 1997 is now showcased in her alumni in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

The art community has been a great part of Abbott’s career. She was part of the Philadelphia Water Color Club. She is also a prime member of The Plastic Club, a community which gathers women artist and stand by doing art ‘for the sake of art’. She is also part of the New Woman movement, which is composed of famous female painters like Jessie Smith, Elizabeth Green and Violet Oakley. The aim of this women’s artist club is to break all stereotypes and making a stand that a woman’s work is never inferior as compared to a man’s work, who have been dominating the industry for some time.  The club promotes women’s artistry and instills confidence and pride in all artworks done by women.

Abbott married an artist too, C Yarnall Abbott, who is a lawyer by profession. They lived in their home in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania where they have an art studio for themselves and had a daughter named Marjorie.

10 Weird and Ugly Paintings Worth Millions

Each artist has a very special way to express themselves. However, these expressions of art don’t always appeal to all their audience. Even so, some people still find even the weirdest-looking of some famous artists worth buying for a few million bucks. Here are a plain, ugly works of art worth millions that will surprise you.

10. Svanen (The Swan) of HilmaafKlint

Svanen (The Swan) of HilmaafKlint

Swedish artist and mystic HilmaafKlint created a painting she called Svanen or The Swan. Made in 1915, it was never exhibited during her lifetime. But it gained attention soon enough, making it one of the most reproduced paintings of her generation. The masterpiece was nothing but a colorful concentric circles on a red background.

9. White Fire I by Barnett Newman

White Fire I by Barnett Newman

Would you believe that this ridiculous-looking canvas was sold for $3.8 million? This abstract painting, which is comprised of two straight lines, was created in 1954. Barnett is an American artist who is a strong follower of abstract expressionism. This painting, which follows the color field painting style, is one of the few pieces that he has created during his lifetime. Barnett is the greatest color field painters of his time. That is the reason why this expensive painting is very popular until now.

8. Woman III by Willem de Kooning

10. Woman III by Willem de Kooning

This undeniably strange-looking painting of a woman made Willem de Kooning and his estate a few millions richer. The painting recently changed hands to the tune of $137.5 million. This abstract painting was finished by Kooning in 1953. The painting became rather controversial in the 1970s, because it was refused for exhibit at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. This painting is currently privately owned. It spans 68 inches in height and 48.5 inches in width.

7. Royal Red and Blue

Royal Red and Blue

This is one of the most basic paintings to date but don’t let its simplicity fool you. It was sold for a whopping $75.1 million during a Sotheby’s auction in November of 2012. The painter, Mark Rothko, is a known abstract expressionist. This painting date back 1954 and basically has three blocks of color – and that’s it. Rothko is an American painter with Russian and Jewish Roots. He is known for the color field method style of painting which was popular in New York during the 50’s. The idea is to paint the canvas with large blocks of solid colors giving off an impression of an uneven surface and a flat plane. This painting pretty much depicts that, although very simplistic that you can imagine a toddler painting this art piece, it has a surprisingly outrageous value.

6. Interchange

Interchange by Willem de Kooning

To a lot of people, this can be viewed as a real abstract painting with a lot of character in it. There is no doubt about it- but to be valued at $300 million sparks a different kind of conversation. As with all abstract, most people can claim they can paint something similar, but in fact, there is more to this painting that meets the eye. William de Kooning is a New York painter, but is originally from Netherlands. This artwork is an example of ‘action painting’ which is a technique where the artist spontaneously splash paint on canvas versus the traditional painting style that is meticulous and takes time to complete. It is somehow a form of physical art. This technique is made popular during the 40’s to 60’s and has coined the concept of abstract expressionism. This painting was made in 1955 and is now housed in the private collection of Kenneth C. Griffin.

5. Onement VI

Onement VI

This is one of the most boring paintings that you will ever see but you will be surprised to know that this blue colored canvas sold for over $43 million in 2013. It is one of the works of Barnett Newman, a known abstract expressionist.  He has done a number of similar paintings such as this and has an entire “Onement” collection, which is basically composed of one dominant color and a division (what he calls a ‘zip’) right smacked in the middle. The zip is used to define the space of his paintings. This New York artist was born in 1905 and has made a following because of his color field art.

4. Birthday by Paul Klee

Paul Klee

If you don’t know better, you might mistake this for a preschooler’s art project. This is actually a painting from the famed painter Paul Klee. It starts off with an odd old maroon color with asymmetrical and disorganized images of triangles and squares, and oh yes, an odd orange circle in off center. One can maybe make this out as a series of houses or even a castle- but, hey, what do we know. Paul Klee is a Swiss-German painter born in 1879. Most of his works are now housed in varied museums all over the globe.

3. Blue Rectangle Over The Red Beam

Blue Rectangle Over The Red Beam

If you hear the word ‘painting’ you might be imagining something with a lot of imagination, color gradients and creative imagery. This painting from Kazimir Malevich is far from being complicated or deep but it is one of the most significant work of art to date. Malevich is actually the pioneer of geometric abstraction- that is pretty obvious with his love of squares and rectangles. This artwork was sold in Sotheby’s auction for a staggering $60 million and is the most expensive piece of Russian artwork of all time.

2. No. 5, 1948

No. 5, 1948

To the naked eye, this painting may simply look like a piece of stringy lines splashed around using a yarn, just like those kindergarten art projects kids use to make. This is an artwork done by Jackson Pollock in the year 1948. It is quite a large piece of artwork measuring 8 ft by 4 ft. He is a known abstract expressionist. This painting in fibreboard uses brown, yellow, white and grey paint. It is often tagged as a dense bird’s nest because of the way the strips of paint overlap each other. This artwork was reported to be sold for over $140 million.

1. Black Square

Blue Rectangle Over The Red Beam

This oil painting was done in oil on linen and is now housed at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. As you would have realized by now, the painting is a mere black square.  But there is a lot of philosophy and history behind this seemingly plain and dull painting. This piece is dubbed as the ‘zero point of painting’ and a combination of various art methods including futurism and constructivism. This is one of the prime works of Kazimir Malevich, who is the leader in Russian avant-garde art and has several pieces of similar works under this collection. He described this artwork as ‘liberated nothing’.

10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World (2016)

Beautiful artworks aren’t just eye candy; they are food for the senses. There are paintings that are worth a million dollars. But there are some that can go several hundred millions’ worth. Are you interested in knowing which paintings are worth an entire estate’s second mortgage? Read on.

10. Woman III by Willem de Kooning

Inflation-adjusted value: $161.4 million

10. Woman III by Willem de Kooning

This painting that measures 68 inches x 48.5 inches has a woman as its central theme. Created in 1953, this painting by Dutch abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning is an oil-on-canvas masterpiece. Back then, paintings that depict even a mild sense of vulgarity were strictly regulated by the government. This painting was secretly traded to David Geffen by Thomas Ammann Fine Art in 1994. It was eventually sold to Steven A. Cohen for $137.5 million in 2006. This masterpiece is just one of the many expensive paintings created by Willem de Kooning.

9. No. 5 (1948) by Jackson Pollock

Inflation-adjusted value: $164.3 million

No. 5 (1948) by Jackson Pollock

American painter Jackson Pollock created this huge 8 feet x 4 feet abstract expressionist painting in 1948, and it was sold for $140 million in 2006.  The transaction was between David Geffen and David Martinez through Sotheby’s Tobias Meyer. It was believed that this painting will still increase in value over time, just like the very few Jackson Pollock masterpieces that were still privately owned. This Pollock masterpiece was created on a composition board, which is also known as fibreboard, using liquid paints.

8. Nu Couche by Amedeo Modigliani

Inflation-adjusted value: $170.4 million

Nu Couche by Amedeo Modigliani

This Amedeo Modigliani masterpiece is a 1917 creation. Painted using oil on canvas, the artwork is measured at 24 inches x 36 inches. This painting was recently sold for $170,405,000 through Christie’s. Purchased by Chinese businessman Liu Yiqian, this painting is one of the most famous pieces in the nude series Modigliani has created. It is also his widely reproduced and exhibited paintings. “Nu Couche” is translated as Red Nude or Reclining Nude in the English language. This painting figured well in Modigliani’s first and only art exhibit at the Galerie Berthe Weill in 1917.

7. Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) by Pablo Picasso

Inflation-adjusted value: $179.4 million

Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) by Pablo Picasso

This masterpiece by Pablo Picasso was created in 1955. It is one of the 15 paintings that he created as a tribute to Eugene Delacroix, more particularly to his Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement artwork. This painting came in different versions, but the most expensive one is the “O” version. It was sold to Hamad bin Jassim  bin Jaber Al Thani of Doha, Qatar through Christie’s New York. The four other versions were kept by the original owners, Victor and Sally Ganz.  The rest were in the possession of the Saidenberg Gallery. The Les Femmes d’ Alger or simply, “Women of Algiers” is an oil-on-canvas painting that measures 45 inches x 57.6 inches.

6. Pendant portraits of OopjenCoppit and MaertenSoolmans by Rembrandt

Inflation-adjusted value: $180 million

Pendant portraits of OopjenCoppit and MaertenSoolmans by Rembrandt

This Rembrandt masterpiece was formerly owned by the Rothschild family. Because the painting was sold at a hefty sum of $160 million, the Louvre and the Rijskmuseum split the amount in order to purchase it. They rightly became the joint owners of the painting.  This oil-on-canvas painting stands 82 inches x 53 inches tall. This Renaissance painting was created in 1634.

5. No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko

Inflation-adjusted value: $186 million

No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko

This artwork is another abstract expressionist painting, this time created by Russian-American painter Mark Rothko in 1951. Its 2014 sale was for the amount of Euros 140 million, through a private sale. Dmitry Rybolovlev bought this oil-on-canvas painting through Yves Bouvier. It now sits in his private collection. This painting is comprised of violet, green, and red colors, made distinct by their uneven and hazy shades.

4. Number 17A by Jackson Pollock

Inflation-adjusted value: $200 million

Number 17A by Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock, who is fond of assigning numbers as the name of his paintings, scored another success with Number 17A. This artwork is also an abstract expression, a movement that he is a master of. This painting was sold to Kenneth Griffin by the David Geffen Foundation for an astounding price of $200 million.

3. The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

Inflation-adjusted value: $272 million

The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

Frenchman Paul Cezanne is a seasoned post-impressionist painter of the 19th century. This artwork was created from 1894 to 1895. This very expensive painting is one in a series of five artworks. It was sold to the Royal Family of Qatar. The actual price is never made public, but the estimated value is between $250 million and $300 million. The other paintings in this series were owned by Musée d’Orsay in Paris and Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The others were in a private collection.

2. NafeaFaaIpoipo by Paul Gauguin

Inflation-adjusted value: $300 million

NafeaFaaIpoipo by Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin is a French post-impressionist who created this painting with a Tahitian name. Translated as “When Will You Marry?”, this painting was on loan to Switzerland’s Kuntsmuseum in Basel for almost half a century.  It was only recently sold to Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani by the family of Rudolf Staechelin. The amount of sale was believed to be nearly $300 million.

1. Interchange by Willem de Kooning

Inflation-adjusted value: $300 million

Interchange by Willem de Kooning

This huge painting by Willem de Kooning is currently the most expensive artwork sold as of date. With an asking price of $300 million, the abstract painting “Interchange” was sold by the David Geffen Foundation to billionaire investor Kenneth C. Griffin. This 79 inches x 69 inches painting was created in 1955 and was recently sold in 2015. Prior to the sale, it has been on loan at the Art Institute of Chicago.

These are the ten most expensive paintings of 2016, and their values didn’t fall under $150 million. Great artists from all over the world have amassed million dollars’ worth of admiration from art followers who won’t mind shelling out a large sum of money to acquire a masterpiece. This is supposed to inspire each one of us to bring out our artistic talents from within. They dynamic and creative world of painting is such a vibrant, colorful place to be.

Top Most Viewed Paintings in the World

World-class paintings are not just something for the eyes to appreciate; they are also priced very high and cost millions of dollars. These paintings transcends art techniques and modernity, they are ageless and very valuable. If you want to take a sneak peak of the world’s most viewed paintings, here are the top ten.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

This is the most viewed painting in the world, a masterpiece from Leonardo Da Vinci which has won the hearts of many. It is now under the care of Louvre Museum in Paris and is one of its many attractions. It is estimated that this painting is viewed by over 6 million people annually by both local and tourists alike. Leonardo is said to have worked on this piece between the years 1503-1504.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

This is another winning piece from Leonardo Da Vinci. It depicts the last few hours of Jesus as he shares his final supper with his twelve disciples. This painting has a very powerful concept that it has been translated into many versions. The original work now hangs at the dining hall of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Monastery located in Milan, Italy. It has been a tourist attraction and a lot of tourists are surprised that this grand work of art is housed in such a small, humble monastery.

The Creation of Adam

The Creation of Adam

Michelangelo is one of the most popular painters of the 15th century. He has lined the Sistine Chapel with several of his tremendous works. One of his most popular masterpieces is The Creation of Adam located at the center of the chapel’s ceiling. It is an absolute standout from nine other scenes that depicted various symbolisms and events in the book of Genesis.

Starry Night

Starry Night

This is by far the most viewed modern art by artists Vincent Van Gogh. He created this masterpiece in 1889 and is now housed at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York, USA. We all know of the verse, ‘starry, starry night’ from the song “Vincent” and this painting is where singer Don McLean drew his inspiration from.

The Scream

The Scream

Another popular modern piece is from Edvard Munch, which was painted in 1893. This is currently on display at the National Gallery in Norway. Edvard is an Expressionist and created his artworks in paintings and pastels. It is one of the most mysterious of all his paintings as it depicts a person clasping his face in disbelief and look as if he is frightened and screaming.

The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory

Created by a Spanish painter, the Persistence of Memory, is one of the most popular modern art by Salvador Dali. The painting dates back 1931 and depict the ordinary, everyday life that surrounds us. It was also said that this piece was an inspiration from the Theory of Relativity popularized by Albert Einstein.

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

This painting is somehow correlated with the popular painting of Leonardo Da Vinci and was even called the ‘Dutch Mona Lisa’. It has the same enchanting, mysterious look of a woman. The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a creation of Johannes Vermeer and is now in display in Netherlands at the Mauritshuis Gallery.

The Night Watch

The Night Watch

The Night Watch is a hauntingly beautiful piece of art that depicts guards and lieutenants under the command of Captain Cocq. It is a popular military portrait that is now housed at the Amsterdam Museum under the Rijksmuseum collection. It is one of the most popular paintings of the Golden Age as created by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Self Portrait

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is famous for his self-portrait, a depiction of himself without a beard. He has a number of self-portraits created but by far, this is the most popular. It was actually a gift for his mother on her birthday.  This is also one of the most expensive paintings in the world amounting to $71.5 million and is gaining more value as years go by. It is now owned privately and displayed in a luxury collection.



Pablo Picasso is world-famous by this larger than life masterpiece. The Guernica is a mural-sized creation inspired by the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. It can now be viewed at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Art Classes in Nova Scotia Invite Students

Art Classes in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s White Point Beach Resort will be holding painting classes for aspiring students who would like to learn the basics of art. The two-hour art classes will be facilitated by artists, whose topics will be patterned along their choice of wine, spirit, beer or juice, which in turn, will be supplied by the Good Cheer Trail.

The resort’s marketing manager Donna Hatt came up with the idea and entitled the endeavour as the “Brush With Good Cheer”. The art classes will officially start on January 30, 2016. Liverpool’s top watercolor painter Roger Savage will jumpstart the event. His works are displayed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, as well as on the wall of the resort. His choice is the Garrison Brewing’s Hopyard pale ale.

The other facilitators are Marshall Burgess (Tidal Bay white wine), Peter Gough (Steinhart Distillery vodka), Marg Millard (Ironworks Distillery cranberry liqueur), and Marilyn Kellough (Van Dyk’s blueberry juice). There will be a nominal fee for the art classes which already includes art supplies, hors d’ouvres, and of course, the drinks.

Photography Winners: Ocean Art Underwater Contest

underwater photography

The Underwater Photography Guide launched a contest last year entitled 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. It attracted thousands of portrait artists from over 50 countries. As expected, the photographers who specialize in capturing deep ocean creatures took home the major prizes.

On its fifth year, photographer Jeff Milisen bagged the top honour, which is the “Best of Show” award. He took a photograph of a larval cusk eel in the waters of Kailua-Kona in Hawaii. His subject was considered a mysterious marine life, as it was never seen, much more photographed before. Such eel is very difficult to find and capturing it with precise lighting and focus is quite amazing.

Over $70,000 worth of prizes were given away to the winners. Included in the panel of judges is Scott Geitler. The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is a very prestigious underwater photo contest that is being participated in and followed by top photographers all over the world.

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