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Modern vs. ancient

Twombly was inspired by Greek culture, creating a modern vision of the ancient world and reworking it into a new form of visual expression.

The ideal screen

At the start of the 1960s, Twombly began using increasingly large canvases, almost as big as cinema screens, which were "the ideal shields" for hurling splashes, marks, threads, and lumps onto the white background.

Abstract expressionism

The artist translates the very action of abstract American expressionism into this work, both syllabically and ideographically.

The Fall of Hyperion, Cy Twombly, 1962

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The Latvian National Museum of Art is the largest depository of professional art in Latvia. Museum regularly holds art exhibitions and scientific conferences, diverse art, and cultural events.

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From art to food

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From Argenteuil to Paris

The road leads to the train station connecting Argenteuil to Paris. He painted this view with the station behind him, looking towards the Seine at the other end of the road.

The cart leads the way

A cart has carved tracks through the snow. The lines help to give a sense of perspective and depth, leading toward the vanishing point in the centre.

Day trippers

These figures, barely more than daubs of paint, may be people coming to or from the station. Argenteuil was popular with day trippers from the capital, but more so in the summer when people enjoyed boating on the Seine.

Detail vs. atmosphere

Monet sacrifices details in favour of atmosphere. The predominantly monochrome palette of blues and greys conveys the bleakness of an overcast winter's afternoon.

Snowed in

The snow is dotted with colour to denote light and shade, and to give a sense of the snow’s crunchy texture.

Tonal trees

The trees are economically painted, made with minimal brushstrokes and warmer tones, such as streaks of red.

Snow Scene at Argenteuil, Claude Monet, 1875

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From backstage at the Paris Opera to the top of the Taj Mahal

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The Mauritshuis is home to some of the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age, including masterpieces such as Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp' by Rembrandt.

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