The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse), 1873–1876, oil on canvas, by Edgar Degas

Degas and His Dancers

A major exhibition and a new ballet bring the renowned artist's obsession with dance center stage

Working rapidly in the West, Catlin focused on faces (as in a 1832 portrait of Pawnee warrior La-dà³o-ke-a) and filled in details later.

George Catlin's Obsession

An exhibition at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. asks: Did his work exploit or advance the American Indian?

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

The Mexican artist's myriad faces, stranger-than-fiction biography and powerful paintings come to vivid life in a new film


Politically Correct

Artist Peter Waddell's scrupulously researched paintings of the U.S. Capitol bring history to life

Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist, c. 1610-1615, Budapest

Artemisia's Moment

After being eclipsed for centuries by her father, Orazio, Artemisia Gentileschi, the boldest female painter of her time, gets her due

Edgar Degas rarely painted a pure still life, but he often included still lifes in the backgrounds or corners of his compositions. In The Millinery Shop (1882-86), the hats—their shapes, textures and colors—take center stage; the figure is merely an accessory.

Still Delightful

A sumptuous show documents how the Impressionists breathed new life into the staid tradition of still life painting


Portraits on the Plains

Armed with easel, palette and pencil, George Catlin went west in the 1830s to paint the real "Wild West"

Thayer contended that even brilliantly plumaged birds like the peacock can blend into, and thus be camouflaged by, their habitats.  To illustrate his theory, he and his young assistant Richard Meryman painted Peacock in the Woods for Thayer's coloration book.

A Painter of Angels Became the Father of Camouflage

Turn-of-the-century artist Abbott Thayer created images of timeless beauty and a radical theory of concealing coloration


Mondrian and the Eternal Rectangle

In search of the transcendent, the Dutch painter created grids of red, blue and yellow that are very much with us


Sofonisba Anguissola: Renaissance Painter Extraordinaire

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., a ground-breaking exhibition has retrieved a life of true genius

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