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How did Mona Lisa become the most famous painting in the world? – #ArtQuestionOfTheWeek

As a Parisian, I have witnessed the craziness around the most famous painting in the World “Mona Lisa”. Every day 15 to 20 000 people come look at this painting at the Louvres. If you go there, be aware that you might not even be able to see it, first of all the painting is quite small and second of all there’s always an insane crowd of tourists surrounding the painting and trying to take failed selfies, and pictures of it they will never ever look again (but that’s another topic.) – so how did this painting become such an icon ?

 

  • Painted in 1503 by Leonardo Da Vinci, she was immediately considered as one of the most beautiful painting of its time. Da Vinci brought the painting with him to France when moving there and François 1er, King of France bought it. (which was already quite a good start into making it a legend).
  • It was then exposed at the Louvres in the 18th century and was presented as the most beautiful painting of the collection. The work of art represents the outcome of years of scientific research and painting technique of Da Vinci with the enigmatic side of the portrait fascinates billion of people, the smile seems to disappear when you look at it for a while and her eyes remain focus on you wherever you are in the room. Pretty cool, right? 🙂

     

  • The fame of the painting really exploded during the 20th century after an epic adventure: somehow a guy called Vincenzo Peruggia managed to steal the painting in 1911. Many people visited the museum at that time only to see the empty space and some, started a quest searching for it.
    At that time, people learn that Da Vinci only signed 3 paintings, one of them being Mona Lisa: which only raised the interest and legend around it. It was found in 1913 in Firenze and put back to the Louvres.

     

  • Many artists after this such as Marcel Duchamps, Ferand Legé, Fernando Botero, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat will paint their own version of La Joconde which will once again participate to making it even more famous.

The Mona Lisa is since then a true icon in the pop culture and stands as a symbol of not only Da Vinci’s genius but also as an icon to represent Art as itself. So tell me, do you think the fame is deserved or is it too much?

Talk to you soon, 

Alice, Founder of SIGNED

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Why do you need Art in your life?

As the founder of an art company, it’s quite obvious that Art is a passion of mine and i care about it a lot but why should Art be important to you too? 

You probably have a job that’s unrelated to art with busy days filled with work, social obligations, friends to see, family to take care of, so really, why should you make time for art?

I am answering to this question in our “Art Question of the Week” in less than a minute, you can check it on our youtube channel. We’ll make 1 episode every week so make sure to subscribe to our youtube to stay updated.

The subject of this first episode is “Why do you need Art in your Life?”

I’m so curious, tell me, why is it important to you?

Thank you for listening.  See you next week!

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10 artists quotes to live by

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When we write, speak, read, sometimes magical things happen. The words seem to perfectly fall out into place as they resonate through our souls. I’ll admit it, I am a “quote addicted” person. I look for new inspiring quotes at least once a day (usually on Pinterest, while drinking my morning coffee) to bring me some inspiration and motivation through the day. 

I love quotes because they can be very helpful to put words on feelings or thoughts we have difficulties explaining. They are a great way to uplift your mood and sometimes create values and drive for a lifetime.

As a quote addicted person and an art lover I thought I’d share with you today my top 10 all time favorite artist quotes.

Please let me know if they also resonate with you and share the quotes you love in the comment section.

 

Here are my top 10 artists quotes to live by :

  1. “I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” – Frida Kahlo
  2. “Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it” – Salvador Dali.
  3. “Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso
  4. “I could do whatever I wanted whether people like it or not.” – Niki de St Phalle
  5. “I am always doing what I can’t do yet, in order to learn how to do it’ – Vincent Van Gogh
  6. “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not’ – Jean Michel Basquiat
  7. “I live life in the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don’t apply to those who live on the fringe.” – Tamara de Lempicka
  8. “Color is the skin of the world” – Saunia Delauney
  9. “People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.” ― Banksy
  10. “The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.” — David Hockney

I wish you a great and inspiring day, 

Alice, founder of SIGNED

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How to buy the right art piece for you in 4 steps

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You want to buy art for your house and don’t know where to start? Then, this practical art guide on how to buy the right art piece in 4 steps will help you on this exciting journey.

  • Step 1 : Fall in love with the art piece

Before looking at the price, the investment perspectives, who the artist is, the movement, the meaning, you should always ask yourself — “do I love this work of art?” “how does it make me feel?”. This is the most important question when it comes to buy art. Art is what moves and touches people. Art is what adds colours and sensitivity to our everyday lives and art is above all, deeply personal and intimate. So make sure you totally fall in love with the piece before moving any further in your journey.

  • Step 2 : Do your research about the Artist

Get curious about the Artist you buy art from, learn about where he/she is from, his/her personality, favorite topics, themes. Buying art always mean that you are investing in its creator too, so it’s always great to learn about the person behind the piece.

  • Step 3 : Pick an art piece that fits in your environment

There are only a few pieces that can really stand out in your environment. From a purely aesthetic point of view, it’s certainly critical to think about the interior design of the room and the style. However, as seen in step 1, choose a piece which has a strong emotional connection to you, you are going to see this artwork pretty much every day, so you should make sure that it really inspires you. Art is also a way to express yourself, your personality and philosophy of life.

  • Step 4 : Set a budget for it

Art comes with a price and sometimes that price can be pretty..well, unaffordable. Art can be a great investment but it is not an investment that should make you go in debt. Spending money on art, supporting Artists is a great cause, however try to stay mindful of what you can afford.

If the price tag of an original piece is too high, limited edition prints are a great alternative as they are still valuable but much more affordable. When going for this option, make sure the edition is signed and numbered by the hand of the Artists to ensure the value of the piece.

All our limited edition art print here 

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Giclée Prints versus Posters?

ARTIST SIGNING A PRINT

A general definition of an art print

An art print is defined as a printed reproduction of an original work of art. However, art prints can be printed using very different methods with many different materials and in many different numbers and thus exist in very different qualities. Today we will compare poster prints with giclée prints.

What are “poster prints”?

Poster prints are a large format printed paper designed to attached to a wall or vertical surfaces. Poster prints are printed with dye inks which means that they can’t resist the negative effect of time and the sun and fade very quickly.

The paper used for posters is often very acid which turns the poster colour into yellow over time. They are often very affordable as the printing process behind does not require any particular technique and is very cheap.

Posters are a good option when you do not want to spend much money on the art inside your house but if you are looking for a more premium product, then giclées might be what you are looking for.

What are “giclée prints”?

Giclée prints are digital print following a complex printing process. These are the following steps into the making of an Original Giclée Print :

  1. The original work of art is photographed by a fine art photographer
  2. The photographs is then scanned into a computer
  3. The computer produces copies of the original work of art using high-end ink jet printers.

Giclée prints offer the highest possible standard of printing. It is more expensive than a regular poster as the inks are actual colour pigments that ensure longevity and a resistance to the eventual negative effects of sunlight exposure.

The giclée printing technique is so advanced that giclées look identical to the original painting. 

In order to have an original value, the prints must be signed and numbered to ensure that the final proof was approved and checked by the artist.

Thanks to their quality and value, giclée prints have gained popularity among galleries, collectors and even museums.

Giclée prints are a great option to get original and rare work of art inside your house at a much more affordable price than an original piece.  

Discover our Giclée Print Collection