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Art History for Dummies

I’m a big art and art history fan. Unfortunately, between college, work, and other commitments I don’t get to create to a decent standard as much as I’d like to but I hope to return to that once the little issue of getting a degree is out of the way. Through time spent looking for work to blatantly plagiarise and actually studying artists’ work for the Leaving Cert., I’ve picked up a decent amount of art history knowledge. If I ever need to give a TED Talk style presentation on something it would be on my favourite art history movements. Although who can tell whether this is because I’m actually a little knowledgeable this field or I’m just incredibly stupid in others.

Regardless, below is a brief outline of not only four of my favourite art movements, but four of the most important and significant art movements in history. Designed to give the art history rookie a decent understanding into art’s biggest movements, you can now be confident that if you ever find yourself in an art gallery, you can charm your way to impressing whatever party you may find yourself with.


Characterised by: Small, visible brushstrokes, use of light, ordinary subject matter, use of and representation of movement

Championed by: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissaro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Impressionism is a 19th Century art movement which came about essentially when a group of artists, tired of the stuffy and outdated standard of art expected in Paris at the time, decided to go in a different direction, in terms of subject matter, technique and style. To make any sort of decent living as an artist at Paris at the time (the place to be for art, what’s changed?) your best bet was to submit a piece of work to the French Salon, Paris’s official art exhibition. However, the selection committee for the Salon were quite particular in what they would display, preferring art done using traditional styles perfected by the old masters and specific subject matter (generally religious or inspired by monarchy in some way). Meaning that anyone who dared to submit anything that varied from this strict set of ideals was fresh outta luck.

Édouard Manet was the artist responsible for bridging the gap between the previous major art movements of romanticism and realism, and the new movement, impression. His piece Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (the luncheon on the grass, pictured below) caused a fair bit of a stir in the art community at the time. Mostly because of the naked prostitute in the forefront (Pro Art History Tip: if there’s a naked woman in a painting from the 19th century, you can be fairly confident she’s a prostitute). This did not sit well with our stuffy friends at the Salon, who when upon seeing this exclaimed “Oh my word, what is this?!” while clutching their pearls (or so I’d like to imagine). It was described as “ugly” and “risqué” in terms of its subject matter (to which I’d say no sh*t Sherlock, that’s the point”). But it did pave the way for true impressionists to make their mark (while Manet was a key figurehead in the impressionist movement, he wasn’t actually an impressionist painter himself).

Claude Monet is the father of Impressionism. His piece Impression Sunrise, featured below, inspired the name of the art movement and truly captures the characteristics of the movement:

Interestingly, a lot of these Impressionist artists were active in Paris at the same time and would often hang out in Parisian bars drinking absinthe (inspiring a Degas piece by the same name). When they all (predictably) were rejected from the Salon, they gave them the ultimate f*ck you by setting up Salon des Refusés, which literally translates to “the exhibition of rejects”, where they could display their work. This went down about as well as you’d expect given the circumstances. Ballers.

Post Impressionism

Characterised By: A more developed use of colour than that of impressionists. Post-impressionists use colour as a way of expressing emotion and are less concerned that things are accurately represented colour-wise. Subject matter is quite ordinary and are not always depicted to scale.

Championed By: Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat.

Despite the (ironically) less than creative name, post impressionism is a really interesting point in art history’s timeline. Impressionism marked the moment that art really started to change rapidly. Post-impressionists rejected the limitiations that impression presented but still took influence from it. Post-impressionism artists continued using vivid colours, often thick application of paint, and real-life subject matter, but were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, distort form for expressive effect, and use unnatural or arbitrary colour.

Arguably the most famous post-impressionist (and my personal favourite artist) was Vincent Van Gogh, whose huge arsenal of work is recognisable worldwide. Van Gogh famously suffered with mental illness during his lifetime and this is evident in his work, which can border on sinister at times. If you can deal with science-fiction, I’d recommend the Van Gogh episode of Doctor Who (Episode title “Vincent and the Doctor”, season 5), which does an excellent job of portraying Van Gogh’s inner turmoil and why his work remains so influential today. Also, if you’re ever in Amsterdam, do yourself the biggest favour and go to the Van Gogh museum. Splurge and get the audio guide. It’s an incredibly enriching and educating experience. I had a moment in that gallery, I’m not going to lie.

If you don’t have time to watch that Doctor Who Episode in its entirety, at least watch this clip from it (although why they didn’t film this scene in the freaking Van Gogh museum remains a mystery to me):

Vincent Van Gogh “Wheat field with Crows”

Georges Seurat “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”


Characterised By: Subject matter that is rounded, reassembled and almost 3D looking.

Championed By: Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso

Cubism followed post-impressionism and is considered one of the most influential art movements of the 20th Century. In Cubist artwork, objects are analysed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from a single viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. Cubism was a turning point in the art world, leading to multiple diverse art movements that would have been unprecedented before.

The most famous artist of this movement was Pablo Picasso. Some people (who are wrong) may put forward the (incorrect) viewpoint that Pablo Picasso wasn’t a very talented artist. These people are (you guessed it) wrong, and if you hear anyone verbalising such an opinion you are responsible to hit them with the FACTS. Pablo Picasso was an incredibly gifted artist, and this included his technical skills. Even as a child he could paint images so realistic you’d think they were a photograph. But he (and pretty much all the other artists I mention here) didn’t limited in the way they created and wanted to branch out in different directions. Some people may look at a piece of art and say that it required no technical skill to complete (which I can place a firm bet that if they tried to do so they’d fail – not because they’re untalented but because we’re talking about the greatest artists of all time here) but that isn’t the point. The point is that these artists we the first people to create art in this style. It’s easy to say it’s nothing special now, after 100 years of looking at this style. But truth be told movements like cubism were nothing short of ground breaking.

Pablo Picasso “Three Musicians”

Pop Art

Characterised By: Influence of mass culture – comic books, advertising, cultural figures and mundane cultural objects.

Championed By: Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and Robert Rauschenberg

Pop Art is an art movement that took place throughout the mid to late 1950’s that uses elements of popular culture as inspiration. Pop Art is widely recognisable and remains a popular movement in not just art but fashion, TV and social media. Pop Artists often use their work to express certain beliefs (sometimes political), which differentiates it from movements previously discussed here. Its use of recognisable images and people really shifted the direction that modern art was heading in.

Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Soup Cans”

July 14

Pairing: poly!hamilsquad

Premise: modern au - Lafayette is feeling homesick on Bastille Day, and it’s up to John, Alexander, and Hercules to cheer him up.

Word Count: 1496

a/n: fluffy fluff… enjoy <3 (p.s. i’m sorry it’s up later than i hoped… but you can expect marliza pt. 1 tomorrow night!)

“Guys can you please shut up?” John moaned as Hercules and Alexander animatedly discussed the latter’s newest legal case. “The movie’s starting!”

Indeed, the artsy opening credits had stopped and given way to the first scene of Amélie. Alexander shut up, pouting, and Hercules quickly kissed him and promised that they would finish talking later.

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You look like art

Prompt: Person B does something really stupid to the point that Person A is dragged into the same mess just by association of person B. Being completely immersed and seeing the absolute shit that they are both in. (Prompt by @etherealuniverseskies)

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x invisible!Reader

Rating: T

Summary: The reader can’t resist some things, and when an art fair comes into town, she drags Bucky into a bit of a pickle.

Word count: several.

Warnings: some cussing, fluff

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the lovely bones (m)

⏩ request; “vmin vmin vmin!!!! angsty vmin because i’m a sucker for vmin hehe :~) - s”   

⏩ summary; kim taehyung just wants to remember everything, and yet, when a certain dancer trips him up, he forgets about remembering and focuses more on living

⏩ word count; 10,585

⏩ genre; angst, fluff, smut

⏩ warnings; depression, mentions of self harm, mentions of suicide, death

⏩ pairing; kim taehyung x park jimin

⏩ a/n; tagging some lovelies!! (that somehow want to read my trash writing :’)) @jinthedreamer @inktae (also this is a different format than before, tell me what u think :’))

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Kim Taehyung is sure his slightly stalkerish obsession with the man at the park started way earlier than he’d like to admit. Truthfully, Taehyung remembers the exact moment he laid eyes on the beautiful man that danced with generic white headphones plugged in his ears and a tenacity in his eyes.

If there is anything Kim Taehyung is good at, it’s remembering, it’s somewhat of a curse, and the flashback become more vivid as long as he has something that triggers the memory. So he takes pictures with the very old, but still functioning, camera always slung around his neck. His colleagues at work always complain that Taehyung constantly gets distracted, wandering around and taking ‘random pictures’ but honestly, it’s the only way he keeps himself grounded. With each sharp click of the shutter, each card stock thick photo that pops out of the front, Taehyung finds himself one step closer to being okay.

So when Taehyung spotted this mysterious, beautiful man in the middle of the large park, ignoring the glances he got from passersby, including Taehyung’s, he couldn’t help himself. His smile shone through the thick white flakes that fell around them. The moment was too perfect, the lighting shining down on the light sheen of perspiration that glided over the man’s perfect features, his black hair that seemed to shimmer blue under the morning sun. Years of snapping photos and analyzing places for the ideal circumstances, and this man seemed to find it perfectly, the perfect situation.

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PLL 5x13 CLUE: “I haven’t Signed Since Fat Camp, My Bunkmate  was Hard of Hearing” - Hanna + Who is Charles? Who was ali’s & Hanna’s Bunkmates? Bethany Young, Charles, Aria, Hanna, Alison Connections

So i listened to what hanna said again and i totally missed that she mentioned her bunkmate was hard of hearing? in a old post of mine i mentioned hanna knows sign language, but what i didnt catch was that she had a bunkmate who was hard of hearing. is this a clue? i can’t help but think loss of hearing is a huge clue in this show, and alot of the time hanna seems to be connected to jokes involving loss of hearing. What really happened at fat camp? was it even fat camp? who was this bunkmate? ali talked about her bunkmate who really won that archery award. 

I think this scene below is really telling, you got a mean girl making fun of a deaf girl. look how hanna steps up for claire, could she have done this for bunkmate too at “fat camp”? this mean girl is like a replica of ali as caleb said, are the writers trying to tell us something? did ali go too far making fun of someone in the past?

many of us are still debating whether the little boy (the taller kid) in the film reel is wearing a hearing aid, at first i thought hmm ,but then i for some reason thought maybe the short kid had a hearing problem and he didnt hear jessica say kiss your sister. or maybe even the baby has a hearing problem , someone mentioned something was on the yellow blanket close to the head , its hard to make out what it is. anyways, regardless, this is a huge clue, this is twice now we hear about a bunkmate and more hard of hearing clues & someone being picked on for being different..

i love that hanna has shown us she can stick up for the “different” as well as sympathize knowing that she was once picked on and made fun of for being fat. which also makes me suspicious whether hanna can be getting revenge on behalf of someone.

lets not forget, the bethany drawings, many say bethany looks like she could be hard of hearing, or something is wrong with her hears, maybe was in an accident that caused her hearing to go. also the eyes, disfigurement.This drawing is also like the story of Van Gogh, and how he had loss of hearing and did a portrait of himself, similar in fashion “self portrait” to the bethany drawing


Vincent Van Gogh health history, sounds similar to in some ways to bethany , or even A/Charles the madness of A. READ MORE HERE


Various symptoms are described in Van Gogh’s letters and other documents such as the asylum register at Saint-Rémy. The symptoms include: poor digestion and a bad stomach, hallucinations, nightmares, stupor, absent mindedness, impotence, insomnia, and anxiety.

Van Gogh suffered from some sort of seizures or crises, and in one of these attacks, December 23, 1888, he cut off a part of his ear.[3][4] Following that attack, he was admitted to hospital in Arles, where his condition was diagnosed as “acute mania with generalised delirium”.[5]Dr. Félix Rey, a young intern at the hospital, also suggested there might be “a kind of epilepsy” involved that he characterised as mental epilepsy.[6] These attacks became more frequent by 1890, the longest and severest lasting some 9 weeks from February to April 1890. Initial attacks of confusion and unconsciousness were followed by periods of stupor and incoherence during which he was generally unable to paint, draw, or even to write letters.[7][8]

So far, weve seen these kinds of symptoms in pll, alot with aria, having nightmares, hallucinations etc, with spencer , hallucinations, and this all comes to circle around bethany as well and A’s mental state.


who was ali’s bunkmate that won that archery award?

who was hannas bunkmate that was hard of hearing?

could they be referring to the same bunkmate?

could this bunkmate be aria? given the facts and clues that she couldve been a tom boy, and very competitve, seems to have personality disorder, has nightmares, sees things differently, etc.

for more clues on aria being a tomboy & the liza minelli connection you can check my recent post HERE

was ali indeed a tomboy before as well? did she have a previous relationship with another girl? i say this in relation to the book emily was reading THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER & also in relation to Liza Minelli in POOKIE

who knows who else has had a gay relationship.

the liars all seem to give the impression they were completely different people at different times in life.

alot of these questions bring us back to who bethany was in all this, and the possibility she came back from the dead, heck she could be the baby in the yellow blanket.

could ali and aria and hanna know this person who is hard of hearing?

Here’s more clues on these liars being involved with someone who is hard of hearing :POST HERE


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pimpernels  asked:

The Van Gogh episode = best of MOFFAT HANDS DOWN because of your tags & because of the grating reality AND the slivers of hope all mashed up with humor &sunflowers &starry nights--I just. His art (& this episode) capture life in ways that just...other things just don't, you know? (Of course you do. You of all people know what it means to have your heart broken and healed right back up by his art.)

(i maintain that moff had nothing - NOTHING - to do with “vincent and the doctor”. that sublime beauty rests entirely with richard curtis, bless his soul forever. BUT i’ll concede that s5 was the last time i had any fondness for moff and was still emotionally attached to the characters/story.)

the episode’s strength lies fully in its honesty – it doesn’t romanticize depression and mental illness. it doesn’t suggest that anything can quickly cure such problems; not even magic and time travel can “fix” a person emotionally or mentally. it treats vincent as a flawed, amazing man rather than a quirky caricature. and it’s visually stunning and emotionally powerful and i can’t help but think that if vincent could have seen it he would have been just as touched as the fictional version was in the museum.

and god was that scene cathartic. there are a lot of artists and authors and musicians and just plain PEOPLE who did not get the love and admiration and support they should’ve had in life and who i would do just about ANYTHING to magically transport through time so they could see how beloved they are now. but vincent has always been #1 on that list for me. he died believing that he had no real talent – he made art because he was compelled to and because it gave him joy, but he had resigned himself to total and utter failure as an artist. he wrote to theo and talked about how sad it made him: that he loved his paintings so much, like they were his children, but they could never be loved by anyone else because they were so ugly and terrible.

and that just

that rips me up inside. so that moment in the museum where vincent gets to hear dr. black wax poetic about how important he was as a man and an artist - how much his art has touched so many people -

the first time i watched that episode, that night, i cried in my room for a solid hour. and it was the sort of crying that hollows you out and hurts after a while but you can’t really stop because your brain just keeps circling around the pain? and to this day, after watching that episode a dozen times, i still cry.

i’m crying right now, in fact.

and now i’m tempted to be truly masochistic and pull out van gogh: the life by smith and naifeh and read it again.