ELLE Brazil recreated 5 famous paintings with real people and the result is surprising

Art is an antidote to the negativity of life! This is what the ELLE Brazil team thinks!.
To celebrate art and introduce it in everyday life, the magazine transformed six real people into the key characters of 5 famous paintings.

On stage the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, represented by the Brazilian actress Sonia Braga

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, embodied by the transgender model Lea T.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt could not be missing, with the two actors Tais Araujo and Lázaro Ramos staging a golden embrace

The scream of Edvard Munch played by Brazilian theater legend José Celso Martinez Corrêa, caught in an expression of joy rather than fear.

And finally the composer Caetano Veloso photographed in a tribute to Joiners by David Hockney.

Pensioner, 84, who never painted before recreates Canaletto masterpiece

Ken Small, 84, who lives near Darlington in County Durham, worked as a mechanic until he retired aged 65. At that point he realized his true talent was in art. He decided to paint his own life-size version of 'Venice' by 18th Century Italian artist Canaletto after a visit to an art exhibition in 2014.  




© Original Canaletto - Venice: S. Geremia and the Entrance to the Cannaregio - Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, England

World Press Photo of the Year award 2018 Winner

© Ronaldo Schemidt, Agence France-Presse

The award winners were announced yesterday April 12th, 2018 at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam. Ronaldo Schemidt a Photographer from Venezuela was winner. Ronaldo received the World Press Photo of the Year award for his image of a man ablaze during a violent protest in Caracas against the country's president, Nicolas Maduro

“It’s quite symbolic, actually,” said National Geographic’s Whitney Johnson, another member of the jury. “The man, he has a mask on his face. He’s come to sort of represent not just himself and himself on fire, but sort of this idea of Venezuela burning.”

The photo is part of a series that Schemidt shot within a span of two minutes on May 3, 2017. His successive images show Salazar Balza in flames, running for help.


And the other 5 finalists:

© Patrick Brown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef

© Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times

© Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times

© Adam Ferguson, for The New York Times

© Toby Melville, Reuters

When famous paintings are used as inspiration

Art inspires passion, love, sadness, happiness, and many more things. As music or fragrance, the inspiration will depend on how artists see it.






The Starry Night | © Vincent van Gogh

The Great Wave off Kanagawa | © Katsushika Hokusai

The Birth of Venus | © Sandro Botticelli

The Scream | © Edvard Munch

$500 Million Art Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller comes to N.Y.

The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, the largest auction ever entirely dedicated to raising funds for philanthropic causes, is coming to New York this Spring 2018. From April 28-May 11, Peggy and David Rockefeller‘s $500 million, 2,000+ artwork collection will be offered for sale at Christie’s, the world’s leading art business.


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‘Eventually all these objects which have brought so much pleasure to Peggy and me will go out into the world and will again be available to other caretakers who, hopefully, will derive the same satisfaction and joy from them as we have over these past several decades.’— David Rockefeller 1992

The highlights from this collection was unveiled in Hong Kong on November 24-27, 2017 marking the start of this global tour for the world’s top art collectors. After Hong Kong, the exhibition traveled to Christie’s flagship locations in London, Los Angeles and this Spring will be in New York.

The highlights include masterpieces of Impressionist and Modern Art, including a
Rose Period Picasso selected by Peggy and David Rockefeller from Gertrude Stein’s collection, Claude Monet’s Nymphéas enfleur, painted circa 1914-1917 and a sumptuous 1923 reclining nude by Matisse that is poised to reset the artist’s record high price at auction.


© Pablo Picasso. Painted in 1905

© Pablo Picasso

© Claude Monet

10© Claude Monet

© Paul Gauguin

9© Juan Gris

8© Eduardo Manet - Est. USD 7,000,000 - USD 10,000,000

5© John Singer Sargent

4© Eugene Delacroix - Est. USD 5,000,000 - USD 7,000,000

asas© Henri Matisse


© A George II Irish Gold Freedom Box - Est. USD 30,000 - USD 50,000

6© Two Chelsea Porcelain Plaice Tureens, Covers and Spoons - Est. USD 80,000 - USD 120,000

7© The 'Marly Rouge" Service - Est. USD 150,000 - USD 250,000

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Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh

'I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic then to love people' Vincent van Gogh

Born 165 years ago today, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch post Impressionist painter and is until now, one of the world’s most famous and influential figures in the history of Western Art. In just over a decade Vincent created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life.

His works include his famous self-portraits, portraits, landscapes and still life.


All of them are characterized by his indistinctive style that contributed significative to the foundations of Modern Art.

Vincent’s life wasn't easy. He was poor and suffered of depression that make him spent time in a number of psychiatric institutions, places that have never stopped him to continue painting.

2560px-Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_ProjectThe Starry Night, June 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Starry Night, one of his most famous painting, depicts the view from his hospital room, a cold fact that jars with the fantastic, dreamlike vision he conjures.

When he lost faith in the hope that he might ever be cured of the madness, he took his own life at 37. Vincent will continue in the mind and heart of many people that admire him. His paintings and letters will continue make him alive.

Here is a quick selection obtained from Instagram of how artists use Vincent's works as inspirations:

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Happy Birthday Vincent!!.

'Thank you for your good wishes on my birthday. As it happened, I had a very pleasant day, because just then I had an excellent model for a digger.' Vincent van Gogh (1883)

Celebrities and their Art

According to Picasso, Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. To Plato, art was imitation of nature. In the 19th century, photography took over the art function, and in the 20th, abstract art overturned the whole notion of what art means.

What is art? …according to
Wikipedia: Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artworks, expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

Human nature is able to create art in different ways, some people have more creativity than others, and art doesn't scape from celebrities either. Here is a list of celebrities that show their creativity not only acting or singing, but drawing.

Jim Carrey


marilyn manson

anthony hopkins

johnny depp

tony bennett


david bowie

pierce brosnan

marilyn monroe

frank sinatra

steven tyler

paul mccartney

macaulay culkin

sylvester stallone

michael jackson

ron wood



britney spears


A Selfie - A photograph one takes of oneself

The “selfie” itself is defined as being a photograph one takes of oneself. In 2013, the Oxford Dictionaries announced their word of the year to be “selfie”, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

The photographic self-portrait is not new, it is surprisingly common in the very early days of photography exploration and invention. The picture considered by many to be the first photographic portrait ever taken was taken in 1839 by an amateur chemist and photographer Robert Cornelius. Setting up his camera at the back of the family store in Philadelphia, Cornelius took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again. On the back of the image he wrote “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”

© Robert Cornelius

Later in 1920, another selfie was taken in a photography studio in New York. In this picture we can see 5 men. All from the Byron company. Joseph Byron, the founder of Byron Company, is the one who is carrying the camera with his right hand, and Ben Falk, is carrying the camera with his left hand. They did not imagine this photograph will become an historic one these days.

© Joseph Byron & Ben Falk

© Joseph Byron & Ben Falk

We will continue seeing selfies from: friends, families, and any unknown person all over the world. This is a tendency that wont stop. In 2017 Los Angeles opened “The Museum Of Selfies”. The attraction shows selfie-inspired art and also have plenty of areas designed to look good when visitors want to take their own picture. The co-founders Horton and Tair Mamedox, came up with the idea because they reckon the modern museum-goer doesn’t just want to look at art — they want to take pictures of themselves with it.

Source The Museum of Selfies

Promotional image for the Museum of Selfies coming to Glendale next month. Exhibits will include interactive photo opportunities and art inspired by the selfie phenomenon. (Courtesy of the Museum of Selfies)

Promotional image for the Museum of Selfies coming to Glendale next month for a limited time. (Courtesy of the Museum of Selfies)

Adrian Piper, A Synthesis
of Intuitions, 1965–2016 at the MOMA


THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA) in New York is presenting a major retrospective of conceptual artist Adrian Piper from March 31 to July 22, 2018. A must see exhibition.

The exhibition will feature more than 280 works drawn from public and private collections around the world
A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016. Piper has produced pioneering work that has shaped the field of Conceptual art. She has influenced generations and received the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

The selection of works reflects the wide range of mediums Piper has engaged over the years, including video, sound, multimedia installation, performance, painting, works on paper, and photo/text-based graphics.

“It has been a privilege for us all to work with Piper in mounting this uncompromising exhibition, which will vastly expand our understanding of the Conceptual and post-Conceptual movements and Piper’s pivotal position among both her peers and later generations of artists,” Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in a

Here are some of Pipers drawing:








Banksy’s NYC latests street Art

A Turkish artist and journalist named Zehra Dogan was sentenced in March 2017 to two years and ten months in prison. Her crime was to pain a picture of Nusaybin, a Kurdish city near Turkey's border with Syria. Days ago, Banksy - the world's most famous Street Art Artist - resurfaced to create a mural at one of NYC’s most iconic locations - Bowery Wall - where he depicted Zehra Dogan behind bars.

Zehra Dogan, Turkish artist

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The mural called the attention of everyone, it is certainly an open message that draws attention to artist repression in Turkey.

There are other examples of street art in NYC that are Banksy’s artworks. “You loot we shoot” mural in Harlem, "A seal with an orange ball on its nose"


“The Whip” on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. It shows a business-man whipping a group of people using a whip depicted as a stock-market graph. If you are in the area, we would recommend going to check it out quickly before it gets defaced.


In less than a week, the Banksy rat at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue has been taken down and rumors suggest it will be sold.