Alice Maud Mary Arcliffe (1852–1936), as Joan of Arc, Shakespeare Memorial Commemoration, 1889

(from ‘Henry VI’)

by Gilbert Anthony Pownall

Date painted: 1914

Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 47.5 cm

Collection: Royal Shakespeare Company Collection



Viktor Vasnetsov - The princess who never smiled

and why would she

look at all this bullshit she’s putting up with



Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)

Original on top, later version below

"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’ 

The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.



Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721, Pierrot (also known as Gilles), c.1719, Oil on canvas, Louvre, Paris


Pablo Picasso, La Celestina; 1904


Pablo Picasso, blue period works (1901-1904)


Salvador Dali ~ Illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, 1969

  1. Down the Rabbit Hole
  2. Alice Frontispiece
  3. The Pool of Tears
  4. A Caucus Race and a Long Tale
  5. The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
  6. Advice From a Caterpillar
  7. The Mad Tea Party
  8. The Queen’s Croquet Ground
  9. Alice’s Evidence
  10. The Mock Turtle’s Story

Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints breathtaking abstract landscapes that resemble the swirling waters of the ocean. Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith builds up multiple translucent layers of color, alternating between soft brushstrokes and large, sweeping gestures to evoke crashing waves, surging tides, and stormy floods.


// Selected by Sunil


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