Christian Schussele (1824–1879);
James M. Sommerville (1825–1899).
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Ocean Life is one of the earliest examples of an American underwater illustration. It was originally created as a scientific study. But the beautiful colours, exotic plants and animals, and astonishing detail make Ocean Life an enduring work of art that’s loved and appreciated far beyond the scientific community.
Take a moment to zoom in on the detail, and you’ll see how much thought, research, and time went into the drawing’s creation. In many ways, Ocean Life is a part of the Renaissance tradition — crossing the boundaries between science and art to create something beautiful and lasting that also contributes to our understanding of the world around us.
The Street Pavers by Umberto Boccioni (1914). To a futurist like Boccioni, the back-breaking labour needed to reimagine and reshape a new city - and forge a new destiny - is something to be celebrated. Boccioni’s use of bright colour blocks and short, bold brushstrokes blends the workers and the paving and the spinning cycle of...
This week’s artwork is… Early Morning near Loch Katrine in the Trossachs, Scotland by John Glover(1831). Loch Katrine is set in the English and Scottish borderlands. The painting captures the soft golden tint of sunlight breaking through the mist and touching everything in the frame...
Spotlight on Four Inspirational Female Australian Artists It's International Women's Day on 8th March. We're marking the occasion by celebrating four female Australian artists and some of their most famous works. Yvonne Audette, Jude Rae, Tracey Moffatt and Julie Rrap.
This week’s artwork is States Of Mind: Those Who Go Umberto Boccioni (1912). Those Who Go captures the rush of urban life. Created in the Futurist style, it forces us to confront a new century filled with heavy industry and seemingly unstoppable energy.