Archive for April, 2008

What is Minimalism?

What is Minimalist?Minimalism is considered as an art movement that covers various forms of art and design. It is an artistic style used where work is stripped down to its most fundamental features. This style of art thrives on simplicity in both from and content and aims to remove any signs of personal expressibility in the artwork or design. The reason for this is to allow the viewer to experience the work without the distractions of theme, composition etc. In art, minimalism and the theory be…

Georges-Pierre Seurat

Georges-Pierre Seurat was a noted French painter that is also considered as the founder of Neo-impressionism in the 19th Century. He was born on December 2, 1859 to a well-off family in Paris, France. His father, Antoine Chrysostom Seurat was a known legal official in La Vilette. Seurat’s mother, Ernestine Faivre came from a family of prosperous middle class Parisians. Early influences for Georges was his uncle, an amateur painter from his mother side, who introduced the young Seurat. In 1875, G…

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Arts is a unique building in terms of design that is located in Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This building has been quite well known for its controversial concrete facade. The building was built as a museum that was named after Herbet F. Johnson, head of S. C. Johnson of Racine, Wisconsin who funded the construction of the said building. The museum was designed by noted architect I. M. Pei. Its design is notable in which is top two floors cantilever ov…

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is an impressive piece of architecture that is located in Versailles, France. The palace started out as a hunting chateau that Louie the XIII had built in 1624. The first chateau was designed by Philibert Le Roy and was built of stone and red brick with a slate roof. It was later on that the Palace of Versailles went through an extensive reconstruction under Louis’ successor, Louie XIV. It was Louie XIV that took great interest on the royal chateau in Versailles. He want…

Casa Mila Barcelona: La Pedrera

The Casa Mila is a unique and attractive apartment building located at 92, Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample district of the city of Barcelona in Spain. This captivating architectural masterpiece was the work of well-known Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. The Casa Mila has been considered among the works of the revered architect to be considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Casa Mila is also popularly known as the La Pedrera or “the Quarry” mainly because of the building’s cliff-like wal…