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Dora Maar au Chat

* Artist: Pablo Picasso
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1941
 
 

This painting depicts Picasso’s partner and muse, Dora Maar. In 2006, the painting was sold at auction for USD$95.2m to an anonymous Russian bidder.

Las Meninas

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1656
 
 

Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) painted Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) in 1656. It is unclear who, exactly, is the subject; Margarita, the eldest daugther of Marie-Anne of Austria — King Philip’s new wife — appears near the centre, but the guards, attendants, and reflections of King and Queen also vie for attention, as does the figure of the painter himself. This work now hangs in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, where I had the great privilege of viewing it in January 2007.

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The Harvest

* Artist: Vincent van Gogh
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1888
 
 

The fields during harvest season, Arles, 1888. I viewed this work in The Netherlands during March 2007.

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Starry Night

* Artist: Vincent van Gogh
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1889
 
 

A late Van Gogh rendition the night sky over a village in Auvers-sur-Oise (Paris), France.

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Cafe Terrace at Night

* Artist: Vincent van Gogh
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1888
 
 

A late Van Gogh of some repute. Depicts the Terrasse du café le soir, Place du forum. I had the great pleasure of viewing this at the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller in May 2007, The Netherlands.

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Mysteries of the Horizon

* Artist: René Magritte
* Medium: oil on canvass
* Year: 1955
 
 

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On the Threshold of Liberty

* Artist: René Magritte
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1937
 
 

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The Prodigal Son

* Artist: Max Beckmann
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1949
 
 

This portrayal of the biblical story stands in marked contrast to those of Bruegel and Rembrandt. The characters wear modern dress, and the palette is rich and foreboding.

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Temptation

* Artist: Max Beckmann
* Medium: oil on canvas triptych
* Year: 1936–7
 
 

Versuchung was painted in Berlin prior to Beckmann’s exile. It forms the second of Beckmann’s nine triptych works. As one art commentator has described the work, ‘Full of foreboding about the bellicose Nazi politics, Beckmann retreated into a world of personal ideology. He explored the hidden forces deep in the human soul that cause the upheavals erupting at the surface of our everyday existence. His triptychs are certainly splendid storytelling, but they have the ambivalence of dreams.’  Read more »

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Carnival

* Artist: Max Beckmann
* Medium: oil on canvas, triptych
* Year: 1943
 
 

Max Beckmann (1884–1950) was a German modernist painter who worked in the twentieth century. Much of his oeuvre was produced during Word War II, when he lived in Amsterdam. Prior to the war, Beckmann’s works were featured in an exhibition convened by Hitler to denounce modern art.

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