Vincent Van Gogh's life was one of tragedy, pain, loneliness, and misunderstanding. But it also contained a deep sense of compassion for others, powerful feelings of love, ecstatic reactions to nature, and an abiding passion for beauty. Although he was unacknowledged during his lifetime, very few peo
An aristocrat who stood aloof from the sweaty fray of art movements, Degas emerged from his ecole des Beaux-Arts training with a predilection for Italian old masters and for classicizing French forerunners like Ingres. He painted portraits of upper-class families with hints of Realism showing through
"Have mercy on me," said Henry Kissinger as he was about to be photographed by Richard Avedon. Avedon was known for his ability to lay bare the souls of his subjects, often photographing them against totally white or otherwise stark backgrounds.
At one time, Avedon was the highest paid fashion an
All writers struggle with the weight of moral responsibility, even if they profess to create an amoral art. Few writers, however, have carried this burden through the confluence of political and cultural rivers in the way Chinua Achebe has.
Achebe came of age in Africa's largest country, Nigeria,