The Hidden Secret of “The Angelus” by Jean-Francois Millet

by Beth

The Angelus, c.1859, Art Print by Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus is a famous painting by French painter, Jean-Francois Millet. The artwork portrays two peasants, presumably a couple, praying over a basket of potatoes. In the background, one can see the church tower of Chailly-en-Biere. It was believed that the painting depicted a prayer ritual.

Salvador Dali, a well-known surrealist painter who was known for his eccentric behavior, had a hunch that the original painting represented an infant’s funeral. At that time The Angelus was part of the permanent collection of the Louvre in Paris, France. Although Dali’s gut feeling was not widely accepted, the Louvre finally gave in and took an X-ray image of the painting. It was discovered that Dali was right. Millet had originally painted a small coffin, but later covered up the coffin with a basket of potatoes.

Purple Color Palettes

by Beth

Purple is associated with wealth and royalty for a good reason. In ancient times, purple fabric was extremely expensive so only those with vast amounts of wealth, typically royalty or rulers, could afford it. Purple dye was derived from a mollusk which was only found in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea.

Today, you can use the royal color as inspiration to make a bold decorating statement. Use these color palettes from BandagedEar.com to put together the perfect color scheme for your room.

Purple Color Palette: Abstract Pop IV, Art Print by Ricki Mountain

Purple Color Palette: Bloomer Squares IX, Art Print by James Burghardt

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The Hidden Secret of Picasso’s Painting “The Old Guitarist”

by Beth

Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Old Guitarist, Art Print by Pablo Picasso

He was a co-founder of the Cubist artistic movement and created masterpieces such as “Guernica” and Girl Before a Mirror.” Picasso achieved fame and notoriety while he was still alive, but he wasn’t always a successful artist.

Like other artists, Picasso couldn’t always afford the art supplies he needed when he first started out. At times he used cardboard instead of canvas. He even repurposed canvasses and painted over works of art to paint something new. One of his most well-known paintings from his Blue Period, “The Old Guitarist,” was actually painted on a repurposed canvas.

Looking at the painting up close, one can see an outline of a face. X-ray images of the painting revealed that the face belongs to a nursing mother. In the original painting the mother and child are seated in a rural setting and are accompanied by a bull and a sheep.

United States Art Prints for American-Themed Decorating

by Beth

Sierra Nevada in California, Art Print by Albert Bierstadt

Transform your home with patriotic art prints from BandagedEar.com as Independence Day approaches. When decorating, you don’t need to stick to a red, white and blue color scheme. Americans can celebrate their country and bask in the diverse beauty of the United States. The rich hues of the dessert sunsets, the brilliance of the farmlands, the sunny tropical landscapes and the snow-covered mountains are just some of the breathtaking views to admire.

Albert Bierstadt is an artist that can help create an American-themed living space. His art prints feature beautiful renditions of landscapes in the Western United States. Another artist that captures the beauty of the American West is Jack Sorensen. Art prints by Jack Sorensen feature cowboys, Western landscapes and family-themed subjects.

Lazy Days, Art Print by Norman Rockwell

Great American cities, such as New York, are also subjects that make great art prints. Henri Silberman, who moved to Brooklyn at a young age, captures the magnificence of the New York City skyline in a variety of his prints.

Independence Day is also a time to celebrate American traditions, such as parades, fireworks, barbecues and neighborhood get-togethers. There are few artists that capture the essence of these activities better than Norman Rockwell. Art prints from Norman Rockwell capture the simplicity of American traditions with small-town themes.

When decorating your home or office space this summer, discover some our team’s favorite American-themed art prints from BandagedEar.com:

Flag, 1954, Art Print by Jasper Johns

Kickin Up Dust, Art Print by Jack Sorenson

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Featured Artist: Collin Bogle

by Beth

The beauty of the outdoor world creates a welcoming and calming ambiance. Nature art prints can bring the magnificence of the outdoor world indoors and give new life to office and living spaces. World-renowned artist, Collin Bogle, is known for his realist wildlife and flower paintings. In Bogle’s words, “An abundance of light and shadows creates a playground for me, allowing my paintings to take on a life of their own.”

Although he never obtained a formal art education, Bogle learned to appreciate art from a very young age from his father, who is also an artist. Collin learned the fundamentals of design from his father, but Collin created a technique that is truly unique and shines through in his artworks.

Growing up in Seattle provided Collin with a beautiful backdrop to inspire his art. Whether he is painting wolves, trees, bears or other elements of nature, Bogle’s passion for the outdoors is evident. As a child, he already had more of an interest in nature than playing baseball with other children.

Discover some of our favorite Collin Bogle art prints:

The Guardian, Art Print by Collin Bogle

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Bathroom Color Palettes

by Beth

Create your dream bathroom with decorating inspiration from BandagedEar.com. Bathroom art prints from BandagedEar.com will add color and character to the room. Discover how to incorporate different hues into  your decorating color schemes to creates a relaxing effect in your living space.

Bathroom Color Palette: Scrub-a-dub II

Bathroom Color Palette: Bathing Lady II

Bathroom Color Palette: Country Inn Bath II

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Celebrity Art Collectors

by Beth

Ohhh...Alright..., 1964, Art Print by Roy Lichtenstein

Have you always wanted to collect art like a celebrity? Most of us don’t have big enough bank accounts that would allow us to hang an original Monet or Van Gogh painting in our homes. However, hanging a framed art print of original painting allows you to enjoy your favorite artwork at a fraction of the cost. Check out some of our favorite celebrity art collectors to find out which artists they like.

Madonna has an art collection that most museums would envy. She enjoys original paintings from Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Tamara de Lempicka and Pablo Picasso. During the 1980s, Madonna was part of the elite club scene along with Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Steve Martin, a well-known comedian, is surprisingly serious about his art collection. Artists that have been part of Martin’s collection include Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Georges Seurat. The Roy Lichtenstein painting, Ohhh…Alright…, was at one time part of Martin’s private collection.

Steve Wynn, owner of the Sunset Strip, has an impressive compilation of original artworks. Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are part of Wynn’s collection. Other artists’ works that Wynn collects includes Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso.

Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat

Original art from Jean-Michel Basquiat has a place in many celebrities’ collections, such as John McEnroe, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. Rapper and producer, Swizz Beatz, also collects artwork from Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg also have an interest in the arts. In fact, the two directors joined forces to display their original Norman Rockwell paintings.

Visit BandagedEar.com to decorate your home or office with art prints like your favorite celebrities.

Featured Artist: Raphael

by Beth

"School of Athens" Art Print by Raphael

Raphael (1483 –1520) was an Italian Renaissance artist who is most well-known for his frescoes in the Vatican Palace. He was born in Urbino, Italy to Giovanni Santi, a court painter to Federico III da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. Throughout his life, Raphael socialized with the highest social circles. Along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael is part of the trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance.

In 1508, Raphael moved to Rome and was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint four rooms at the Vatican Palace. The rooms were originally intended as personal suites for the pope, but Pope Julius II died before they were completed. Raphael continued his work under the commission of Pope Leo X.

The Small Cowper Madonna, c.1505, Art Print by Raphael

The majority of Raphael’s remaining artworks still remain at the Vatican Palace in the Four Raphael Rooms: Room of the Segnatura, Room of Heliodorus, Room of the Fire in the Borgo and the Room of Constantine. Raphael’s most well-known work—which can be found in the Room of the Segnatura—is The School of Athens.

In addition to The School of Athens, the top Raphael art prints from BandagedEar.com include The Cherubim Putti Angels of The Sistine Madonna, The Small Cowper Madonna and The Madonna Del Granduca.

 

Vote for your Favorite Framed Version of “Red Cannas” Art Print by Georgia O’Keeffe

by Beth

We had a great response to our blog post, “Vote for your Favorite Framed Version of “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh Art Print.” In addition to selling high-quality art prints, BandagedEar.com can also frame your art print for a fraction of the cost of local framers. The website provides shoppers with the ability to customize a framed art print by choosing the cropping, moulding, matting and glazing.

Below you will find five different framed versions of the Red Cannas art print by Georgia O’Keeffe. Let us know in the comments which version you prefer!

Option 1

Moulding: Slope Front Silver, Bottom Mat: Tablet White, Middle Mat: Red, Top Mat: Tablet White

Option 2

Moulding: Tuscan Rustic Mahogany

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Green Color Palettes

by Beth

Discover how to incorporate green into  your decorating color schemes with inspiration from art prints from BandagedEar.com. From mint green to forest green or lime green to teal, the color green is cool color that creates a soothing effect in any living space.

Green Color Scheme: Green Oak Leaves by Georgia O'Keeffe

Green Color Scheme: Essence of Green by Marilyn Bridges

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