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How a seemingly extraneous figure can be the crux of the whole artwork
Ignore the title of a painting; they can lead you far astray
The Velazquez that the Louvre doesn't show anymore is not what curators think. Ask Millet, Manet, Degas, Matisse or Picasso....
Great Masterpieces of Western ArtArt loved by all
A little knowledge of studios goes a long way to understanding art
Learn about the mystery behind Picasso's name and the importance of artist's names in general
Edouard Manet's MasterpiecesManet's the man who taught me everything
This early painting by Manet has always troubled interpreters because it seems to make no apparent sense. Its explanation here, though, will help you understand paintings by Manet, Velazquez and other artists too.
See how smoke and mirrors turn the outside of Manet's studio into the inside
Pablo Picasso's MasterpiecesWho better to learn from than a modern master?
See how Picasso in "copying" a portrait changes it into an image of his own thought process
How a seated harlequin is so much more than a seated harlequin
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