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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is a 19th Century art movement which came about essentially when a group of artists, tired of the stuffy and outdated standard of art expected in Paris at the time, decided to go in a different direction, in terms of subject matter, technique and style.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”

GOT7 when their GF’s best friend is a member of BTS {REQUEST}


He wouldn’t really mind that her best friend was J-Hope, he’d find their antics amusing. But would get lowkey jealous at how much Hobi makes her laugh

Originally posted by jehbum


Mark would feel so competition after finding out her best friend was Jin. He wouldn’t express it, but…it’s there. But he does feel comfortable when she’s with Jin because he’s actually the mom friend

Originally posted by mayfifolle


He’d be happy with it. After all, they met through Namjoon anyways. And 10/10 expect Jackson to crash all best friend movie nights. Cause this boy wants in on the sqaud.

Originally posted by kookihyunnie


Jinyoung wouldn’t really care. He was thankful that Yoongi was protective of her, and would make sure she didn’t do anything stupid while she was with him.But would lowkey worry when the two of them became hyper

Originally posted by jypnior


Youngjae would feel slightly jealous at the amount of time she spent with Jimin. The two of them constantly laughing and whatever else kids do these days. Though, Jimin and Youngjae would get along fairly well afterwards

*transition of Jimin+Youngjae’s relationship*

Originally posted by dailygot7archive


He’d find her and Taehyung hilarious together. He would often join in on their antics. But just as he thought he joined the squad, they’d pull a prank on him. But make up for it with something…then do it again….It’s a cycle…

Originally posted by younggjaebum


Would be a battle of the bunny, Jungkook was his best friend…not hers.

*she’s Bambam*

Originally posted by peachbumbaek


anonymous asked:

Hello! this is a stupid question but how many hours have u spent playing the sims

hi whoopsi i think som1 else asked this 2 and i 4got to answer bci m GEtting so bad AT Answering asks pls forgive me but my origin says:

which is obviously a lie LMAO idk y it wont update??????? it should be like…….one million hours esp since i share my origin accnt w @kismet-sims ???????? so our  hours combined???????????? probably ……a very disgusting amount of time 

Regarding the Nerve Endings update I promised for today…I was having a really hard time getting this chapter going after the bomb I dropped at the end of the last one.  I’d spent a stupid amount of time editing one page of garbage, getting nowhere.  Then I had this little interaction with my rl Victor this morning:

Me:  Everything I’m writing is so congested and awful.  I’ve spent 8 years on this one stupid page.

Him: Maybe you should just scrap the whole thing and start the chapter over again.

Me: WHAT?! Are you insane?!  I can’t do that!  No way no way, man, that would be the WORST.  NEVER.

Me, 2 minutes later: Alright I’m starting over.

Me, 10 minutes later: Okay this is 10,000 times better.

Him: I love you too.

Moral of the story: sometimes it’s better to just toss the damn thing.  Hopefully I’ll be able to write more fluidly now and get the chapter up by tomorrow.  If not, Tuesday.  I’m sure everyone will be reading the Rivals update anyway (including myself)

I had a dream last night that my fav characters were Pokemon, so I spent a stupid amount of time drawing these guys out.  

Jack is a normal type that evolves to Ghost/Ice.  Tooth is Fairy/Flying, Bunny is Grass/Fighting, North is Steel/Fighting.  Then I thought the characters from the Golden Age could all evolve from the same little Normal Type! So Sandy is Fairy type, Pitch is Dark type, and Seraphina is Grass type.  And I got too lazy to do them but maybe Koz-Steel, Nightlight-Fighting, Mim-Dragon (cuz they’re way powerful not cuz he’s dragon-ish).

Prompt: somewhere in s3: she tries to break a bar fight in the old haunt between some rowdy guys and gets punched and he’s furious and later he tends to her wounds and stuff with lots of fluff :)

Maybe he should hire a bouncer, Castle thinks, looking out over the crowd.  The Old Haunt usually attracts a fairly civilized clientele; he’s deliberately kept and promoted its Old New York vibe.  It’s the sort of place people come to for the ambiance, to drink good wine or order from the long menu of Prohibition-era cocktails, and listen to Eddie at the piano.  A classy joint, he might call it.

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Send “STOP PRETENDING TO BE OK!” for my muse’s reaction to yours yelling this at them | accepting 

It seemed that ever since she’d turned Ororo and her tended to disagree on things more than they used to. She frustrated Ororo, that had to be it. Because she was grown and Ororo had to realize that Jubilee wasn’t a kid anymore and she was going to make stupid choices. Because that was what young adults did. Only, most young adults weren’t single parents who also happened to be vampires. Vampires with mutant powers. And a really hard time trying to keep everything in check. 

Of course, Ororo’s yelling had been an escalation of an already unpleasant conversation, neither side exactly willing to show much give to the other. It was surprising that Ororo was the one to yell first, after Jubilee had spent an obnoxious amount of time closing herself up and uttering unbelievable reassurances that absolutely nothing was the matter.

And when Ororo snapped, Jubilee, like clockwork, snapped back.


“She’s kissed his scars before, but this feels like something no amount of caresses is going to soothe. Jason spent too long trying to heal everyone else, trying to keep it together, and the backlash of failing, even once, had hit him like a lightning bolt. Nico hadn’t been the only one burned that day.”

“Looks like we’ll be trapped for a while…” and “I think I’m in love with you and I’m terrified.” i chose both bc im a punk.

Erza shook the chain metal gates harshly, then sighed.

“Can you believe they locked us in? Tch.” Erza huffed and turned to face Jellal.

“Actually…not really. We did stay…” Jellal stopped to check his watch. “…six hours late.”

“It was worth it, though. Stupid Natsu can suck our asses, we’ll be leading for months.” She boasted, having spent a particularly long amount of time with Jellal I order to make the major sale. Unfortunately for them though, the security guy closes the gates at 5:30, and they forgot to mention that they’d be staying late.

“I guess so. We might actually have to stay here overnight, too. The security guy hates you.” Jellal said pointedly.

“He does not! …What’s his name again? Frank? Funky? Something like…”

“The prosecution rests, your honor.”

“Shut up.” Erza fumbled at her cellphone so she could call the security guy to come open the gates for them. “Shit. My contact for him is just called ‘security guy’, oh, what’s his name…”

“It’s Hank.” Jelll said flatly.

“What? No way, I know it starts with an F…” Erza argued after pressing call.

“Better put it on speaker phone, or we’ll never  get out of here alive.” Jellal mumbled. With a scowl, Erza hit speaker, just because she was only 89% sure about the name.


Erza smiled brightly. “Hey there, Fr-“

“Hank.” Jellal interrupted. “We got locked into the parking lot, and we were wondering if you could open it up for us?”

Hank grumbled on the opposite end of the phone. “Hmm…it’s the middle of the night…”

“Well, not really-“ Jellal elbowed Erza and she shut up.

“We’d really appreciate it, thank you.” Jellal said, before hanging up the phone. “I really do not understand how you manage to make sales everyday.”

“Sorcery. Black magic.” She answered with a shrug.

“Course. How else would you have possibly managed, with that rude mouth of yours.” He joked, scouting out the bench and taking a seat to wait leisurely for Hank.

“Rude mouth? Preposterous. I have a truth-speaking mouth, it says what it wants.” She informed.

“Interesting…” Jellal commented, rolling his  eyes at her blatant need to be right.

“Can we go back inside? It’s cold out here.” Erza asked. Jellal shook his head.

“It locks automatically after five-thirty.”

“Looks like we’ll be trapped here for a while.” She breathed out, wind whipping at her stray locks.

“Yuh-hm.” Jellal answered humorlessly.  

“Can I have your jacket?” She asked, surprising him by not outright demanding it. He was tempted to say no, it was cold as hell, but he saw her bare shoulders and caved.

“Sure.” He said, slipping his jacket off his shoulders and setting it on top of hers.

“Thanks. My ass is freezing too, but I won’t steal your pants.” She added playfully.

Jellal had a thousand things he wanted to say, but said none of them.

“Hey…are you ok? You’ve been less snarky than usual this whole night. Did Natsu put a roofie in your coffee again?” Erza asked, referring to one seriously unfunny prank resulting in an ambulance arriving because they thought he had had a heart attack. When Natsu revealed his epic prank, no one was really all that pleased. Except Erza. She seemed to think it was pretty hilarious.

“No, I just…” this is it Jellal, it’s now or never… “I think I’m in love with you. And I’m sort of terrified.”



“What?” Jellal repeated back to her.

“No, don’t do this Jellal – what the hell was that?”

“What? What? Er…I dunno what you’re talking about.”

“Jellal!” Erza grabbed him by the collar roughly. “What did you just say to me?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about?” He reiterated.

No! The other thing…Jellal…do you…?” She looked at him anxiously.

“A little bit, yeah.” He answered timidly.

“Oh my god…I’m gonna murder you…” she breathed out, before yanking him by the shirt forward so their lips could touch, rather roughly.

Jellal grabbed her shoulders and angled her head so that he was slightly above her, slanting her lips just enough that he had perfect access to every part of her he wanted to see and touch.

“Do you think Hank’s coming?” She asked in between gasps as he peppered  her lips with short fiery kisses.

“No,” he answered, throwing his jacket off of her arms dramatically.

“Good.” She said cleanly. “Now take off this stupid shirt…”

I Could Really Use A Cuddle ~Jack Johnson

Request: can u do #42 with Johnson? x

#42: “I could really use a cuddle”

I had just gotten home from a long, tough day at work. I was in a bad mood from the start, since I woke up late, forgot my keys, and spilled coffee on my car. Then my boss came in with a bad mood, which was never good. He gave me a ridiculous amount of papers to file, and it had to be done before I went home. I spent 8 hours filing paper after paper, and I didn’t stop for lunch. I just wanted to get the stupid papers done.

I put my keys and the counter and put my elbows on the counter, resting my face in my hands.

“Babe, are you home?"I heard my boyfriend, Jack, ask.

"Yeah"I said in an annoyed time, picking my head up and taking off my shoes.

"Hey baby, what’s the matter?"he asked, coming into the living room.

"I had the worst day ever today"I groaned, flopping back on the couch.

"Wanna tell me about it?"he offered and I nodded. I told him about my whole morning, and what happened when I got to work. The whole time I complained he listened intently, like he really cared.

"Go upstairs and change into some comfy clothes, okay?"he asked. I mumbled yes and went upstairs into our room. I changed out of my work clothes into sweatpants and a T shirt, throwing my hair up in a messy bun. I went back downstairs to see Jack sitting on the couch.

"Is there anything you want?"he asked, as I took a seat next to him.

"I could really use a cuddle"I mumbled, putting my face into his chest. He flashed me a smile and wrapped his arms around my waist, our legs tangling together. What a great boyfriend I had.

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