Osman Hamdi Bey – The Tortoise Trainer

No, in some cultures tortoise symbolize wisdom but there are lots of different comments about the painting. For example, another one is about patience training. There is also a French drawing called [“Charmeur de tortues”](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/93/Charmeur_de_tortues.jpg/595px-Charmeur_de_tortues.jpg) same name with Osman Hamdi Bey’s. In the drawing

The Icebergs, Frederic Edwin Church, 1861

It’s my pleasure! If you’re interested, this painting has a pretty interesting history both during Church’s lifetime and afterwards. Basically it went from lost to the highest selling painting in auction history.

Ivan Kramskoy, Portrait of an unknown woman

wow, love the realism. Normally people draw this realistic from a photo, but I don’t think this was. Painted in 1883 Born: May 27, 1837, Ostrogozhsk, Russia Died: April 6, 1887, Saint Petersburg, Russia Period: Realism Education: Imperial Academy of Arts

Work for America! By Dean Cornwell, 1918.

Oh, I think you have a good point. Dean Cornwell was a magazine illustrator who, like his contemporaries Rockwell or Leyendecker, would have been mindful of the usefulness of his work for propagandistic purposes. I would, however, ask that you bear in mind that

Obey. Thessaloniki, Greece

That’s [Chairman Meow!](https://www.google.com/search?q=chairman+meow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Q3ZFU5fnD-fh0QH3nYGACg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1876&bih=1039&dpr=0.9)

Fishermen at Sea – J. M. W. Turner

This was his first ever oil painting. He joined the royal society and got his hands on proper oil paint for the first time and he came back a couple years later with this. People were understandably amazed. I think I’ve seen it on

Edward Hopper – “Summer Evening”, 1947

Hopper’s work is just brilliance. The air he creates through light and imagery conjures a certain memory or nostalgia, even if it’s not that which one has been party to. That stillness in the air and the comfortable silence; the anticipation and nerves and

Untitled, Zdzislaw Beksinski,

“I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams.” I love Beksinski for being a good surrealist painter. He never overdoes it with his work. There are always the right elements and enough empty space to draw the eye,

Street Art in Lisbon

Ah, thank you so much! I didn’t know who this was from, but I’ll definitely check him out. I love this mural, out of all the street art in Lisbon it’s my favorite 🙂