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Awkward by
Cora Michael
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Edgar Degas (French): Little Girl Practicing at the Bar

So much about dance vocabulary has to do with line.
#91
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Accident by
Samantha Rippner
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Robert Rauschenberg (American): Accident

It’s just the start of what we now know as the media and the barrage of information that infiltrates our daily life.
#87
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Dream Logic by
Joseph Scheier-Dolberg
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Shitao (Chinese): Returning Home

This is a guy who’s asking the question, “Who am I, and what am I supposed to do with my life?”
#85
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Be Prepared by
Constance McPhee
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William Blake (British): The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

He believed he saw angels and his art was supposed to convey some of that experience.
#83
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Exposure by
Freyda Spira
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Albrecht Dürer (German): Adam and Eve

Prints interest me because they circulate in society.
#76
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Eternity by
Maxwell K. Hearn
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Fang Congyi (Chinese): Cloudy Mountain

We’ve gone from the solid world into this confrontation with the ultimate emptiness of life.
#71
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Fantasy by
Femke Speelberg
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Ennemond Alexandre Petitot (French): Mascarade à la Grecque; Suite des Vases; and [Cheminées]

That’s what I love about works on paper the only restriction is your own genius.
#58
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Line by
Sheila Canby
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Groom and Rider [Iran, Tabriz]

There’s no break in the line; there’s no hesitation in the hand of the artist.
#52
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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On Site
Tipping Point by
Stijn Alsteens
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Albrecht Dürer (German): Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pillows (verso)

All kinds of aesthetic decisions are taken that make the jump from an observation to a work of art.
#43
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Love by
Mia Fineman
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Adam Fuss (English): Love

When you are truly in love and then you lose it, you feel like you’re being emptied out.
#41
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Family by
Perrin Stein
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Jacques-Louis David (French): Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons

I think David got at some essential aspect of being a parent.
#40
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Originality by
Dita Amory
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Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch): The Last Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci

The density of lines enhances the extraordinary emotion of the moment.
#30
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Reading Matisse by
Rebecca Rabinow
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Henri Matisse (French): The illustrated book, "Jazz"

There are these gorgeous, sublime images, but there’s also a sense of worry.
#22
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Dedicated to Myself by
Doug Eklund
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Dan Rochford (American): Girls I Have Known

The entire album is an exercise in exploring what the pictures mean to him and what people’s relationships to photographs can tell us.
#17
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Atmospheric by
Malcolm Daniel
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Roger Fenton (English): [Landscape with Clouds]

It’s not about the particular place, it’s about a state of mind.
#26
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Getting Lost by
Deniz Beyazit
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Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66) [Turkey, Istanbul]

By looking closely I really discovered that there is a system. That there is a beauty. There is a sense of music even behind how these flowers work together.
#16
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Thinking Aloud by
Carmen Bambach
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Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian): Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)

I can see the humanity in a way, the figure breathing.
#12
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Open-Minded by
Navina Haidar
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"Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj," Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)) [Present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore]

One of the great masterpieces of world art was really given rise to by the openness of the Muslim mind.
#10
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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