Happy birthday to American artist Man Ray! As a leader of the avant-garde, his experiments in photography, painting, and sculpture were hugely influential on the course of modern art. This painting represents the pinnacle of his Surrealist works.
Pierre Bonnard was one of the great colorists of twentieth-century French painting. With its gorgeous palette and dazzling optical effects, this painting is a fine illustration of what the artist meant when he claimed that painting is “the transcription of the adventures of the optic nerve.”
Dorothea Lange, Daughter of Migrant Tennessee Coal Miner Living in American River Camp near Sacramento, California, 1936, gelatin silver print, 19.1 x 24.1 cm, MoMA, New York. Source
American photographer Dorothea Lange is best known for her famous Migrant Mother image, though the work is actually part of a much larger series inspired by the migrant labourers of the Great Depression era. The image above is one of my favourites from this series.
Ancient Egyptian amulet in the form of a tilapia fish, made of gold with green faience and gemstone inlays. Artist unknown; between 1976 and 1783 BCE (12th or 13th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom). Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.