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d'Art d'Art - "La Joconde" - Vinci

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

The Mona Lisa, known in French as La Joconde, is one of the most famous paintings in the world. But do you know what happened to it on August 22, 1911?

d'Art d'Art - "Honoré de Balzac" - Rodin

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

There is an interesting story behind the statue of Balzac by the famous sculptor Rodin. He wasn't afraid to shock his audience. Find out why his decision to represent Balzac's genius caused quite a scandal.

d'Art d'Art - "La petite danseuse de 14 ans" - Degas

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Edgar Degas' Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer might look unassuming at first glance, but it's actually an innovative sculpture that caused quite a scandal.

d'Art d'Art - "Le Char d'Apollon" - Redon

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Learn the history behind Odilon Redon's The Chariot of Apollo, in which the titular god doesn't even appear!

d'Art d'Art - "Vénus de Milo"

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Venus de Milo statue at the Louvre is famous for its missing arms. King Louis XVIII issued an order forbidding it from being restored.

d'Art d'Art - "L'asperge" - Manet

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

With The Asparagus, Manet introduced a modern approach to still life by painting a single stalk of asparagus on a table instead of a whole bunch. The painting was also a bit of a joke gift for a patron who'd overpaid for a previous "bunch."

d'Art d'Art - "La liberté guidant le peuple" - Delacroix

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People raised eyebrows when it was first exhibited in 1831. It's still controversial in some places. Find out what irked so many people and why some countries have requested that certain parts of the painting be covered.

d'Art d'Art - "La Mort de Marat" - David

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

In his painting The Death of Marat, Jacques-Louis David made Marat a symbol of French revolutionary martyrdom. The painting represents Marat dying in his bathtub after being stabbed by Charlotte Corday in 1793.

d'Art d'Art - "Impression, soleil levant" - Monet

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Impressionist movement owes its name to Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise. But the term "impressionist" was originally a slur, coined by a journalist criticizing the movement.

d'Art d'Art - "L'Âge mûr" - Claudel

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Camille Claudel was Rodin's student and lover for many years. Her best known work is the sculpture L'Âge mûr (The Mature Age). Find out the controversy and tragedy surrounding Claudel and the making of her sculpture.

d'Art d'Art - "Sculpture en bas-relief d'un saumon"

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video you will discover what happened to the oldest known representation of a fish in the world. Although carved straight out of a rock, it wasn't entirely safe from unscrupulous hands.

d'Art d'Art - "Un enterrement à Ornans" - Courbet

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gustave Courbet's painting A Burial at Ornans drew a hostile reaction at the 1850 Paris Salon due to the painter's decision to depict ordinary mourners on a grand scale. Many thought that ordinary people were not worthy of such attention.

d'Art d'Art - "Les raboteurs de parquet" - Caillebotte

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

With his painting The Floor Scrapers, Gustave Caillebotte was one of the first visual artists to portray urban workers. Art critics deemed his subject matter as vulgar, while the writer Émile Zola reproached him for his "bourgeois exactitude."

d'Art d'Art - "La chambre de Van Gogh à Arles" - Van Gogh

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Did you know that Van Gogh went through a Japanese phase? Find out how Japanese art greatly influenced his paintings.

d'Art d'Art - "Les quatre saisons" - Arcimboldo

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Why did the Habsburg emperors commission Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo to paint amusing portraits of prominent lords, knowing they that they might be subjected to ridicule? Find out in this d'Art d'Art episode!

d'Art d'Art - "La Dame à la licorne"

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video, find out the significance of the mysterious tapestry La Dame à la licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn). The meaning behind this six-paneled medieval tapestry has eluded scholars for centuries. Let's see how medievalists have made "sense" of it!

d'Art d'Art - "Slave Auction" - Basquiat

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Jean-Michel Basquiat became the star of the New York art world at just 21 years old. In his painting Slave Auction, Basquiat depicts slaves and slave traders through masks and skeletons.

d'Art d'Art - "La mélancolie d'une belle journée" - Chirico

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Giorgio de Chirico, founder of the metaphysical art movement, was best known for his dreamlike, often disturbing paintings. He was a great source of inspiration to Cubists, Futurists, and Dadaists.

d'Art d'Art - "IKB 3" - Klein

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

What is IKB? Although not a mathematical formula, it is a formula of sorts. The artist Yves Klein perfected this beautiful blue pigment for his monochrome painting IKB 3. The idea was to fully engage the viewer with the perfect color, and the formula for his blue pigment has remained a secret to this day.

d'Art d'Art - "Le téléphone" - Calle

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Sophie Calle's "The Telephone" is a flower-shaped phone booth on Paris's Pont du Garigliano. The work contains a functioning phone, but there's a catch: you can't make calls on it, though you may receive one from Calle herself!

d'Art d'Art - Vitraux de la Sainte-Chapelle

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Sainte-Chappelle on Paris's Île de la Cité is best known for its magnificent stained glass windows, which were designed primarily as an instructional tool to teach the illiterate about the Bible.

d'Art d'Art - "Le cheval blanc" - Gauguin

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In his painting Le cheval blanc, Gauguin had a unique way of painting a white horse. Instead of painting it white as he was asked, he painted it green according to his artistic vision, which didn't earn him any accolades at the time...

d'Art d'Art - Berceau supposé d'Henri IV

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Did you know that King Henry IV supposedly slept in a turtle shell cradle as a baby? In any case, the cradle was attributed to him and venerated as a relic until the Revolution. Find out what became of the "most famous turtle shell in France"!

d'Art d'Art - "Le fifre" - Manet

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Manet's The Fife Player was deemed controversial in its day because it depicted an ordinary person, which departed from the traditions of academic portraiture.

d'Art d'Art - "Infiltration homogène pour piano à queue" - Beuys

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

In this video, you will discover the unusual fate of the work Homogeneous Infiltration of a Grand Piano by the German artist Joseph Beuys. Works of art don't usually require restoration so soon after their creation, but this felt-covered grand piano did.

d'Art d'Art - "Synthèse plastique des mouvements d'une femme" - Russolo

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The futurist painter Luigi Russolo was one of the first artists to attempt to render pure movement on canvas, drawing inspiration from early motion photography.

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