Happy birthday to Gustav Klimt. Today we celebrate his special day with a painting he began in 1917, but was left unfinished by his sudden death in 1918. This masterful portraitist had an incredible impact on painting with his intimate depictions of women and remarkable detailing. Has anything unfinished ever looked so good?
Now on view: “Frauenbildnis (Portrait of a Woman),” 1917–18, by Gustav Klimt (On loan from The Lewis Collection)
We’re saddened to share the news that artist On Kawara has passed away. He began making his iconic “Date Paintings” in 1966. Each consists of a neatly hand-lettered canvas commemorating the day of its creation. The canvases are stored in specially made cardboard boxes containing pages from a local newspaper of the same day and from whatever place the artist happened to be that day.
Happy Caturday! Cats have had a crazy time of it: worshipped in Ancient Egypt, seen as symbols of evil, cruelty and sin in European art well into the 18th century, and now celebrated as one of the most watched animals on the internet. Today we’re looking at these photos of famous artists with their cats. Some, like Balthus’ cat, appeared often in their owners artwork, while others provided merely companionship. Check out the list and see which artists kept the company of their feline companions.
Wow, it’s like a mashup of artselfies and Google Street view. I wonder if blantonmuseum is going to get in on this trend.
While the museum “street view” isn’t on our horizon for the near future, we do have over 70 super high-res artworks from our collection in the Google Art Project!