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Rene Magritte - Time transfixedTime transfixedRene Magritte

Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée, 1938) is an oil on canvas painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. It is part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and is usually on display in the museum's new Modern Wing.
The painting was one of many done for surrealist p...

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, United States)
 
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Jackson Pollock - Number 1, 1949Number 1, 1949Jackson Pollock

No. 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting was done on an 8' × 4' sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It was or...

Private collection (New York, United States)
 
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Joan Miro - Ciphers and Constellations, in Love with a WomanCiphers and Constellations, in Love with a WomanJoan Miro

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman (Catalian: Xifrats i constel · lacions, en l'amor amb una dona) is a 1941 Abstract Expressionism style painting created by Joan Miro. The painting is 46 cm x 38 cm, based on gouache and oil media displays Love with a Woman and is available at Art Insti...

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, United States)
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Arshile Gorky - WaterfallWaterfallArshile Gorky

The Waterfall is mid 20th century painting by Armenian American artist Arshile Gorky. The dimension of painting is 96.8 cm by 24 cm and is housed in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. It is an oil painting based on surrealism style and abstract genre.
Waterfall was develope...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, United States)
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Rene Magritte - The seductiveThe seductiveRene Magritte

The Seducer is a 1953 painting of Rene Magritte. It was created in Brussels, Belgium on surrealism style to depict Mature Period. The dimension of painting is 38 cm by 46 cm and is based on storyline of marina. The night effect has been prominently featured in this painting by use of dark blue and l...

 
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Salvador Dali - The Endless Enigma, 1938The Endless Enigma, 1938Salvador Dali

Inside this painting are six separate images, interwoven and laid atop one another.This composition is probably the best example of paranoiac-critical activity in operation in the paintings done by Dal. He is not satisfied with pursuing a double image but succeeds in accumulating and making rise si...

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain)
 
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Rene Magritte - The companions of fearThe companions of fearRene Magritte

The Companions of Fear original oil painting by René Magritte is among this surrealist painter’s most intriguing art works. Many of Magritte’s later oil paintings take the humorous edge: In this way The Companions of Fear is somewhat different - Humor ebbs toward the darker side of irony. The Compan...

 
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Frida Kahlo - Self-Portrait with MonkeysSelf-Portrait with MonkeysFrida Kahlo

This is the self-portrait in which Frida includes her pet monkeys. This painting was produced during her most prolific period, the early 1940s, in which she created several self-portraits. The background is one of tropical plants which is a common background theme used in many of her paintings. In t...

Collection of Jacques - Natasha Gelman (Mexico City, Mexico)
 
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Edward Hopper - Office at NightOffice at NightEdward Hopper

The painting depicts an office, occupied by an attractive young woman in a short-sleeved blue dress, who is standing at an open file cabinet, and a slightly older man who is perhaps in early middle age. He is dressed in a three-piece suit and is seated behind a desk. The nature of the office is uncl...

Walker Art Center (United States)
 
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Arshile Gorky - The Liver is the Cock-s CombThe Liver is the Cock's CombArshile Gorky

This painting contains many veiled references to Gorky's life and history, while it simultaneously creates visual puns and double meanings that function on many levels. The liver is often referred to in ancient texts as the center for passion, instead of the heart. The 'cock's comb' is both the head...

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, United States)
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Paul Delvaux - The Sleeping VenusThe Sleeping VenusPaul Delvaux

Delvaux’s work combined classical perfection with an erotic and troubling atmosphere. The sensuousness of Sleeping Venus is set against its oppressive night-time setting. Delvaux later explained that it was painted in Brussels during the German wartime occupation and while the city was being bombed....

Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
 
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Rene Magritte - Personal valuesPersonal valuesRene Magritte

Here, the artist presents a room filled with familiar things, but he gives human proportions to these formerly unassuming props of everyday life, creating a sense of disorientation and incongruity. Inside and out are inverted by his rendering of a skyscape on the interior walls of the room. The fami...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, United States)
 
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Edward Hopper - Sunlight in a CafeteriaSunlight in a CafeteriaEdward Hopper

Hopper wrote to his patron, Stephen Clark, in September, 1958: 'I'm very pleased that you have acquired my picture, Sunlight in a Cafeteria. I think it's one of my very best pictures.' From his youth, Hopper had been intrigued by people in urban restaurants, sketching one such scene when he was only...

Yale University Art Gallery (Hartford, United States)
 
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Rene Magritte - The MagicianThe MagicianRene Magritte

Like Magritte said: “Anyone crazy about movement or its opposite will not enjoy this picture.” I agree with Magritte because this painting is simultaneously static and generates a lot of movement. It looks static because Magritte seems to be frozen: the way he’s chewing, cutting the meat and poring ...

 
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Edward Hopper - People in the SunPeople in the SunEdward Hopper

In Edward Hopper's People in the Sun, five men and women sit on a terrace beneath a vast blue sky. Stark contrasts and cool light emphasize the eerie expressions, frozen poses, and formal attire of the visitors. Hopper distilled his memories of tourist destinations in the American West to create a s...

Smithsonian American Art Museum (United States)
 
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Edward Hopper - SummertimeSummertimeEdward Hopper

Summertime conveys the feeling of a sweltering day in New York City. The curtain on the window seems set in motion by an interior fan, emphasizing the lack of air. The strong verticals and horizontals of the architecture and sidewalk, based on preparatory drawings of a particular building Hopper l...

Delaware Art Museum (United States)
 
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Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz) - White CenterWhite CenterMark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz)

White Center is part of Rothko's signature multiform style: several blocks of layered, complementary colors on a large canvas. A luminosity results from the repeated layering of thin washes of paint, which allows some underpainting to show through the upper coats. In each work of this period, Rothko...

 
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Edward Hopper - Cape Cod MorningCape Cod MorningEdward Hopper

In Cape Cod Morning Edward Hopper captures the post-war mood of anxiety in this stark, ambiguous painting. John Sloan and Andrew Wyeth are among other realist painters in the collection. Some American modernists found new ways of depicting the spirit of their age. The dynamic rhythms of modern life ...

Smithsonian American Art Museum Directions (United States)
 
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Fernand Leger - The Great ParadeThe Great ParadeFernand Leger

Fernand Léger’s use of streamlined forms derived from mechanical imagery dates from World War I, when he served in the French army. His predilection for military hardware and its gleaming surfaces coincided with his feelings of solidarity with the foot soldiers surrounding him in the trenches. The m...

Musee National Fernand Leger (France)
 
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Edward Hopper - Rooms for TouristsRooms for TouristsEdward Hopper

Rooms for Tourists, like most of Hopper's scenic paintings, displays the importance of light as a dramatic element. The mood in pictures depends on the special character of light at different times of day, the light also creating a common basis for architectural forms and natural phenomena. Architec...

Yale University Art Gallery (Hartford, United States)
 
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Frida Kahlo - The Suicide of Dorothy HaleThe Suicide of Dorothy HaleFrida Kahlo

This is one of Frida's most shocking and controversial paintings. Frida painted it in the style of an 'ex-voto (retablo)'. The unfortunate victim in this painting is Dorothy Hale, actress and Ziegfeld showgirl. Hale's life suddenly took a turn for the worse when her husband was killed in an automobi...

Phoenix Art Museum (United States)
 
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Salvador Dali - Crucifixion (Hypercubic Body)Crucifixion (Hypercubic Body)Salvador Dali

Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) was painted in 1954 by Salvador Dalí, and depicts the crucified Jesus upon the net of a hypercube. Gala (Dalí's wife), is the figure in the bottom left, who stands looking up to the crucified Jesus. The scene is depicted in front of the bay of Port Lligat. The paintin...

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States)
 
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Frida Kahlo - Tree of HopeTree of HopeFrida Kahlo

Frida painted this self-portrait for her patron, the engineer Eduardo Morillo Safa, after a botched operation in New York. She wrote to him about the painting and about the scars '...which those surgeon sons of bitches landed me with'. In the message 'Tree of Hope, Remain Strong', which is written o...

Collection of Daniel Filipacchi (Paris, France)
 
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Salvador Dali - The Apotheosis of Homer, 1944-45The Apotheosis of Homer, 1944-45Salvador Dali

The Apotheosis of Homer is a 1944-45 painting by Salvador Dalí. It is now at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, in Munich.

Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst (Munchen, Germany)
 
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Francis Bacon - study after velazquez-s portrait of pope innocent x, 1953study after velazquez's portrait of pope innocent x, 1953Francis Bacon

study after velazquez's portrait of pope innocent x is a 1953 painting by Francis Bacon. The work shows a distorted version of the Portrait of Innocent X painted by the Spanish artist Diego Velázquez in 1650. The work is one of a series of variants of the Velázquez painting which Bacon executed thro...

Des Moines Art Center (Iowa, United States)
 
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Salvador Dali - The Temptation Of Saint AnthonyThe Temptation Of Saint AnthonySalvador Dali

Modern Spanish painter Salvador Dalí drew a great deal of inspiration from Bosch's work, which had many of the features that acted as precursors to Dalí's own surrealism. Dalí's version depicts St. Anthony resisting temptations associated with a spider-legged horse and elephants. The 'space elephant...

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts (Brussels, Belgium)
 
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Piet Mondrian - Broadway Boogie WoogieBroadway Boogie WoogiePiet Mondrian

Considered Mondrian’s masterpiece, Broadway Boogie Woogie is a shimmering combination of multi-colored grid lines, complete with blocks of color, all in the primary palette. This piece represents another development in the unique style of the artist, which may have been the most profound. After the ...

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Jackson Pollock - White LightWhite LightJackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock painted White Light in time of Abstract Expressionism development. Jackson Pollock is motivated by Picasso during that time period. Through experience experiencing Dadaism, Surrealist development, Jackson Pollock created the style of unique painting which concerns the engagement of e...

Museum of Modern Art (New York, United States)
 
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Jackson Pollock - Number 1Number 1Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock's work has been seen as the epitome of freedom. Yet with all this great tumult, there is form. Look at the way the painting is held together by the four corners; there are black masses in each corner that contain everything in the painting, while the motion within is still pushi...

Museum Of Modern Art (New York, United States)
 
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Frida Kahlo - The Broken ColumnThe Broken ColumnFrida Kahlo
33 x 43 cm, (1944)

The Broken Column is a self-portrait executed in 1944 painted in a surrealist style by the artist Frida Kahlo, who was born in Mexico in 1906. It is in private ownership. It is a small work that measures 16.9 inches by 13 inches, and is an oil painting on canvas. - Background Kahlo’s best-known work...

Museo Dolores Olmedo (Mexico, Mexico)
 
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Salvador Dali - Christ of St. John of the CrossChrist of St. John of the CrossSalvador Dali

Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. Although it is a depiction of the crucifixion, it is devoid of nails, blood, and a crown of thorns, ...

 
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Frida Kahlo - Viva la VidaViva la VidaFrida Kahlo

Personal tragedy struck in 1953, when due to complications her right leg was amputated below the knee. Kahlo’s last painting, which she completed shortly before she died, was a still life with watermelons. The watermelon in Frida’s painting has much meaning and is a frequent subject in Mexican art. ...

Frida Kahlo Museum (Mexico City, Mexico)
 
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Jackson Pollock - There Were Seven in EightThere Were Seven in EightJackson Pollock

According to Pollock's wife Krasner, Pollock started There Were Seven in Eight in the fall of 1943, abandoned it for a while, and then returned to it after many months had passed. As Krasner remembered it, Pollock began this composition with 'more or less recognizable imagery - heads, parts of the b...

The Museum of Modern Art (New York, United States)
 
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Jackson Pollock - Blue poles (Number 11)Blue poles (Number 11)Jackson Pollock

More properly known as Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952, this painting is considered Pollock’s most important work. In 1973, it was purchased at auction for $2 million dollars, which at the time was the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction. At the time of sale the art world was typified by a...

 
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Francis Bacon - Collins St., 5 pmCollins St., 5 pmFrancis Bacon

Collins St., 5 pm is a 1955 painting by Australian artist John Brack. The painting depicts office workers walking along busy Collins Street in Melbourne after finishing work for the day. It is considered a companion piece to Brack's earlier work, The bar. The painting is part of the National Gallery...

National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia)