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  Wall Art - Tips For Proper Placement
By Anne West
 
         
  Artwork on a wall   Nothing can finish a room's decor like the effective use of wall art. But people are often perplexed about what to put where. Some of the most common mistakes I see are: art hung too high, size of art out of proportion with the size of the wall and art disconnected from the furniture beneath it.

Here are some tips to help ensure your wall art enhances, rather than detracts from, the overall look of your room...
 
         
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  Redefine Your Space!
by John Darby
 
         
  Autumn Still-Life by Tatiana Shulyak   Paintings change the ambience of a room or hall. It is decorative as well as functional. Today it defines the status of a household or a community. These are not mere sketches done randomly, rather, they are strokes done by creative hands. Paintings have the power to unknowingly attract you. They are one of the most beautiful creations of man done with skill and passion.

Oil Paintings, of course, are just one of the numerous forms of Paintings. They are as old as civilization...
 
         
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  French Symbolist Painter, Graphic Artist, & Printmaker - Odilon Redon
By Annette Labedzki
 
         
  Odilon Redon   'Symbolist' painter, graphic artist, and printmaker, Bertrand Jean Redon or Odilon Redon, was born on April 20, 1840 in Bordeaux, France. He was born in the wealthy family of Bertrand Redon, a French colonist, and Marie Guerin. Odilon spent his early childhood at his uncle's estate in Peyrelebade. In 1880, he married Camille Falte, who later on acted as his spokesperson, dealing with the media and the buyers of his works.

In 1855, Redon began studying drawing at school under Stanislas Gorin and won various prizes...
 
         
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  Toronto - Origins of One of the Great Cities of the World
Rick Hendershot
 
         
  Toronto downtown   The cosmopolitan Canadian city of Toronto now has a population of more than three million and the most ethnically diverse culture in the world. But three hundred years ago it was little more than a portage where the Humber River flows into Lake Ontario. It was known only to local natives and a few French voyageurs.

White Man Meets Indian

The first settlers in the Toronto area were native North American Indians...
 
         
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  What is Good Art? Interior Design Professionals Weigh in
by Renee Castelluzzo
 
         
  Hieronymus Bosch   The first rule for buying art is to love it. The second rule is to be able to pay for it without taking out a bank loan. And, rule #3? Feel good about what you paid for it.

So, how do you know that a piece of art is worth the asking price? If you love it, and can afford it, should you buy it?

We asked over one-hundred interior design professionals for some help. We asked them to review pieces of art and tell us what they think about the quality of the work and the asking price. Each designer chose five pieces of art to review from over 4000 original and limited edition artworks created by independent, fine artists whose work is available at www.DiscoveredArtists.com
 
         
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  The Metropolitan Museum of Art Has Great Influence on Art's History
By Mike Selvon
 
         
  Metropolitan Museum of Art   When making plans to visit New York City, whether for a family vacation or for a business trip, it is difficult not to run across plenty of information and promotions about the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This world-class museum is one of the largest anywhere, as well as being one of the best known, and it is where some of the most wonderful collections of fine art anywhere in the world are housed...  
         
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  Abstract Expressionism - a Movement
Author: Russell Shortt
 
         
  Jackson Pollock Abstract Expressionist   Abstract Expressionism was a movement that originated in post World War II America, it was the first American art movement that became globally influential and it replaced Paris with New York as the centre of the art world. Abstract Expressionism does not describe one particular style but rather an attitude rooted in a need to express individuality and improvise spontaneously. The movement's name is derived from the influences of the emotional intensities and self denial of the German Expressionists and the anti-figurative aesthetic of the European abstract schools such as Futurism, Bauhaus and Synthetic Cubism. Many modernist artists had fled Paris during World War II, many of whom settled in New York. The modernist movement in New York was influenced by Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Surrealism and Cubism. Jackson Pollack, one of the leading lights in the movement in New York was to re-define the way that art was created...  
         
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  About Soapstone
By Darren Thorson
 
         
  soapstone sculpture   Soapstone is soft and warm to the touch. I's smooth, slippery, and silky. It is a traditional and old fashioned natural stone. The look is warm and inviting. Charming, rustic, and rich looking yet versatile enough to fit comfortably within the modern home. Soapstone has been used for centuries in our homes. It's also the countertop of choice in our science labs. This is a simple and subtle stone which conveys grounding and harmony. It truly emits old world charm...  
         
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