3 Steps to Hanging Artwork Like a Pro

June 20th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Living with Art 0 comments on “3 Steps to Hanging Artwork Like a Pro”

The elation of finding the perfect artwork can suddenly disappear once you get it home and begin to fret over where and/or how to hang the piece – above the sofa? In the study? Or, in that little nook by the stairs?

Wait, hanging art shouldn’t be stressful - so we’ve pulled together our top tips to help you decide on the perfect place for your new acquisition, as well as how to hang it like a pro!

1. Composition and Placement

Sometimes we’ll think ahead and shop for art to go in a particular spot, but like with a pair of beautiful shoes, we’ve all had moments when we’re so taken by something that we just have to have it – and will worry about the rest of the outfit later!

When deciding where to hang your new piece of art, it helps to step back and survey the room/s – take note of the amount of available wall space, your color themes and the layout of furniture and windows (remembering that direct sunlight can damage artwork). By doing a quick, logical audit, you should be able to narrow down your options.

Statement Pieces

If you have a large statement piece, to maximize the impact, you may want to dedicate an entire wall or central areas such as above the sofa or bed. A general rule of thumb is that these pieces should be between 1/2 - 2/3 the width of the furniture you’re hanging it above.

Art Hanging Over a Sofa
Photo Credit: Unsplash

Small Pieces and Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are another way great way to fill wall space when you have a number of smaller pieces. Experts recommend hanging larger or bold pieces and artwork with heavy frames closer to the center surrounded by smaller pieces to create a dynamic but balanced composition. It can be challenging to visualize how the pieces will look on the wall before you hang them but doing lots of research can really help. We love this template that we found via a quick Google!

To help save time (and extra nail holes in the wall) it’s worth trying different layouts on the floor and to even use craft paper to cut out templates for each piece that you can stick to the wall with painters tape to decide on the final arrangement, and to figure out your hook height calculations (we’ll get to this shortly).

Gallery Wall in a Home
Photo Credit: Pexels

Layering and Propping Up

From mantle pieces and built in shelving, to bay windows and sideboards, you might have the perfect home for your artwork without even hanging it up! Depending on your décor, you might be able to play with layering several, different sized pieces. Alternatively, one piece layered with smaller trinkets, vases, candles, and lamps might be all you need.

Propping Up Art Instead of Hanging
Photo Credit: Sylwia Pietruszka via Unsplash

2. Hanging Art at the Right Height

For maximum impact, art should be viewed at eye level. Because people’s heights vary significantly, many experts recommend hanging art so that the center of the piece is between 57-60 inches above the ground. The most common go-to measurement is 57”, but whatever you decide, just make sure you go with that for all pieces.

If you’re hanging a cluster of pieces on a gallery wall, the center point of the entire group should hang at a height of 57-60".

Hanging Art at Home
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As usual, there are exceptions to this rule. If you are hanging artwork above a piece of furniture, you will want to allow some breathing room in between the top of the furniture and bottom of the frame. If the piece is very tall (over 120”), it is best to leave six to eight inches above the floor.

Once you’ve decided on your center point, you’ll need to do a little bit of math to figure out where to put the hook on the wall. We love this handy painting height calculator, or you can work through the following:

How to Measure and Hang Art
Photo Credit: Verus Art®

The height of your center point  + ½ of the height of your painting the distance between the top of your artwork and the top of the wire, or hanger = your hook height.

Then, you just need to measure your final calculation up from the floor and to the horizontal position that you’ve decided on.

3. Essential Tools For Hanging Art

Finally, having the right tools on hand will make hanging your new piece much quicker and easier.

We recommend having a hammer, tape measure, spirit level and a pencil. If you’re working on a gallery wall, craft paper and painters tape are also worth buying.

Instead of nails, we recommend using picture hangers such as Floreat or TYE™ Hangers. Keep in mind the weight of your piece when purchasing the picture hangers as each type of picture hanger is designed to hold a maximum weight. For larger items, you could use two hangers that are still installed at the same height, but a couple inches either side of your horizontal center point.

Measuring Tape
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Vows under the Starry Night – Van Gogh Themed Wedding Ideas

June 15th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Vows under the Starry Night – Van Gogh Themed Wedding Ideas”

Wedding season is upon us and we’re excited for all the brides, grooms and guests who’ll be having the times of their lives!

With the internet providing endless inspiration for spectacular themes, we wondered, what would it be like to have a Van Gogh Themed wedding?

Imagine what a fairytale it could be, surrounded by your favourite Van Gogh Paintings – Starry Night or Almond Blossoms or maybe Sunflowers? It’d be memorable for sure.

To give you some ideas we’ve pulled together our favorite wedding-meets-Van Gogh re-creations!

1. A Starry Night Spectacle

Starry Night by Van Gogh
Starry Night by Van Gogh

“I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

Possibly the prettiest ring box, ever!

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest

We love this floral Starry Night invitation style.

Starry Night Wedding Invitation
Source: Pinterest

Beautiful Starry Night seating cards that guests will want to keep forever.

Starry Night Name cards
Source: Hitched Weddings and Parties

This Wedding Cake is a real showstopper, simply used as the canvas for an icing re-creation.

Starry Night Wedding Cake
Source: Pinterest

Even the tables count, with bold blue and yellow decorations.

Starry Night Table Sets
Source: Save the Dates Events

Don’t forget, candies and desserts can be on theme too!

Starry Night Candies
Source: Pinterest

Finally,  dance the  ‘Starry Night’ away in style. Can this wedding be more romantic?

Starry Night Dance Floor
Source: Bridal Guide

2.  A Midsummer, Sunflowers Dream

The Sunflowers

"You may know that the peony is Jeannin's, the hollyhock belongs to Quost, but the sunflower is mine in a way."

Vincent van Gogh (to Theo)
Letter 573
22 or 23 January 1889

We love how this couple decided to use their favorite painting – The Sunflowers as their wedding theme. From a giant Sunflowers mural to the intimate, outdoor table setting; it really looks like they’re in a dream.

Sunflowers Wedding
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

The sunflowers on the table are just like the ones in Van Gogh’s paintings.

Sunflowers Wedding Table Set
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall
Sunflowers Wedding Table
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

From the desserts to the table setting, every detail subtly echoes the Sunflowers’ warm and rustic color theme. Perfection!

Sunflowers Dessert
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

Head over to the Wedding Chicks blog for the full run down!

3.  Beautiful Almond Blossom Charm

Van Gogh Almond Blossom

Almond Blossoms was painted in 1890 by Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Saint-Rémy, southern France. A celebration for the birth of his nephew, the serene and beautiful Almond Blossoms represent hope and awakening, and were so special to Van Gogh.

This montage perfectly captures the look, with 7 must have items for an Almond Blossom theme!

Almond Blossom Wedding
Source: Laure@FD

Plus, we love this amazing cake design! Perfect for a special wedding cake centrepiece.

Almond Blossom Cake
Source: Van Gogh Museum Twitter
Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring could be yours to take home!

June 6th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, For Art Lovers, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Living with Art 0 comments on “Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring could be yours to take home!”

Verus Art® collaborates with The Mauritshuis to reveal their most famous re-creation yet.

What would you do if you could live with the Girl with a Pearl Earring for a day?

Would she be a dinner party conversation piece? Someone to share your morning coffee with? Or would she provide a few minutes of escapism as you dream up a story about her?

In 2014, two lucky fans got to enjoy that very opportunity with a Mauritshuis competition to have their living room recreated inside the museum exhibit. Now, another form of re-creation is turning dreams into reality, except this time anyone can take home the Girl with a Pearl Earring thanks to Verus Art’s world leading 3D re-creations of fine art.

Working in collaboration with The Mauritshuis, the original masterpiece was scanned and digitized before being turned into an elevated print. With the master proof being compared to the original and signed off by museum conservators, Verus Art is offering the most authentic reproductions in the world, detailing every brushstroke and sign of aging, just as you’d it see on the original painting.

“This new technology lets us do things that we weren't able to do before.” says Dr. Emily E.S. Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis, who’s signature is also on each Mauritshuis Certificate of Authenticity.

“It uses original dimensions and it was a real revelation to see this reproduction. It lets you get a sense of what the texture of the painting is and how it's been built up in layers. It's a great joy to be able to touch the reproductions. To really feel what that texture is like, when we never do that, of course, with the real paintings. So that is really something new!” explains Gordenker.

Verus Art has also paired the power of touch with their commitment to accessibility, launching Art Connection, their Community Outreach Program. Starting with local elementary schools, they are taking The Girl with a Pearl Earring re-creation into classrooms, alongside pieces by Van Gogh, to help teach children about the world’s greatest artists and how styles have changed in the past 400 years.

Special Museum Edition Girl with a Pearl Earring re-creations are now available to order at shop.verusart.com

Stormy Sea by Claude Monet on Display at the CNIB Eye Appeal Event

‘Un-Seeing’ Art from a New Perspective

May 19th, 2017 Posted by Art Education, Art News, Behind the Scenes, Education 0 comments on “‘Un-Seeing’ Art from a New Perspective”

Experiencing art through the eyes of the visually impaired

Last week we were proud sponsors of CNIB’s annual Eye Appeal auction, hosted in Victoria, BC. With Eye Appeal raising funds to support the treatment and research for visual impairments, we decided to provide guests with an opportunity to experience art without 20-20 vision, something many of us take for granted.

‘Un-seeing’ the art work

After some brainstorming and a trip to the local mall, we produced our range of ‘un-seeing’ glasses – inspired by Guide Dog for the Blind’s fantastic visual impairment simulator tool.

By donning a pair of our special shades, guests could step into the shoes of someone who lives with impairments like Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy or even Total Blindness. Luckily for our guests, they could switch back to normal vision in seconds. However, the reality of living with such diseases makes day to day life challenging and when enjoying a rare visit to a museum or gallery, the likelihood of exhibitions being multi-sensory isn’t great.

Verus Art Un-Seeing Glasses
Guests got to 'Un-See' the artwork with adapted glasses.

Multi-sensory experiences

Museums around the world are constantly exploring ideas for providing more accessible experiences for guests with disabilities, including those with visual impairments. However, precious artifacts are sensitive to light and heat - let alone the oil and dirt on our fingertips. Experiences that don’t just rely on vision to enjoy, or even understand a piece, are a challenge that needs to be overcome.

Numerous studies support ideas that look beyond visual experiences, by upgrading exhibitions with both audible and touchable content. Another challenge is to provide such experiences for the majority - not the minority - of exhibitions.

Hand touching Monet elevated print
With durable, touchable surfaces, it's possible to connect with the brushstrokes.

How 3D digitization can help

With 3D scanning and printing technology, Verus Art can help overcome such barriers by re-creating masterpieces with the texture and colour of original brushstrokes. Our durable and resilient materials are perfect for seeing and feeling a masterpiece.

There is also potential to further develop our software to help people with visual impairments read images through touch. This could be in the way of developing brail for colour, or by digitally enhancing a subject’s features into 3D form.

Making art more accessible

In addition to exploring how museums could create multi-sensory exhibitions, our ideas for making art more accessible reach far and wide. This month we launched Art Connection, our Community Outreach Program,  focusing on bringing touchable masterpieces into classrooms. Starting with a school tour in Vancouver, BC, we are helping connect children with art from all over the world.

Lord Selkirk Elementary Students Look at Girl with a Pearl Earring
Lord Selkirk Elementary Students get a Close Look at Girl with a Pearl Earring
Free Colour-In Mother's Day Cards

Mother’s Day Masterpieces

May 9th, 2017 Posted by Art Education, Education, For Art Lovers, The Goldfinch 0 comments on “Mother’s Day Masterpieces”

To celebrate the launch of Art Connection, our Community Outreach Program, our team has created colour-in Mother’s Day cards, free for any budding artists or colouring enthusiasts to download!

Bowl with Zinnias and Other Flowers, by Vincent van Gogh
The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius
Jean-Pierre Hoschedé and Michel Monet on the Banks of the Epte, By Claude Monet
Yellow Sunset, by Tom Thomson
Iris, by Vincent van Gogh

 

As part of our commitment to making art more accessible we have recently embarked on a hands-on school tour! Taking several of our re-creations to elementary schools, we are teaching children about painting styles of Vermeer compared to Van Gogh, as well as covering the basics behind the Group of Seven.

 

By taking pieces from the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and The Mauritshuis (Netherlands) to the children of Vancouver, we are providing a multi-sensory experience by allowing children to touch the artwork and feel the brushstrokes of each painting!

 

Find out more and download additional colouring sheets here.

Verus Art visit an elementary school where children can touch a Van Gogh masterpiece
Children touching Van Gogh reproductions

Art Connection: Community Outreach Program

April 25th, 2017 Posted by Art Education, Art News, Education, For Art Lovers, Living with Art 1 comment on “Art Connection: Community Outreach Program”

We’re taking art to the kids!

Just months following our Vancouver launch, we’re excited to be hitting the road to kick off the first of many school visits through our Art Connection program.

Nominate a School!

Contact our team with details of a school that might like to get involved.

“Please touch the art work” is at the very core of our philosophy. We understand how important a multi-sensory learning experience is for the future leaders, teachers and artists of our world. We also understand that it’s not always easy (or affordable) for schools to organize trips to the world’s favourite galleries, let alone getting up close and touching these historic pieces of art.

On Tuesday, May 2nd we’ll be taking our National Gallery of Canada and Mauritshuis collections into Thunderbird Elementary School, in East Vancouver. Potentially for the first time, children will be able to see and learn about works by great masters like Van Gogh, Monet and Vermeer.

This marks the launch of  Art Connection, our Community Outreach Program, which  focuses on accessibility and education about art. We will also provide fun activities such as informative colouring sheets based on our Verus Art collections.

If you would like to download these colouring pages for your own use, click on the photos below:

Fabritius - The Goldfinch
Van Gogh - Iris
Vermeer - Girl with a Peal Earring
Thomson - Yellow Sunset
Van Gogh - Bowl with Zinnias
Monet - Banks of the Epte

Thanks to your support and the technology behind Verus Art recreations, we are taking our first steps towards substantial change to the way we all access and experience art.

Please sign up to our email newsletter to follow our program and suggest a school to visit by clicking the button below or emailing info@verusart.com.

Nominate a School!

Contact our team with details of a school that might like to get involved.

Hand touching Monet elevated print
With durable, touchable surfaces, it's possible to connect with the brushstrokes.
Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis

Creating a Story Around Girl with a Pearl Earring

April 25th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Book lovers, For Art Lovers, Girl with a Pearl Earring 0 comments on “Creating a Story Around Girl with a Pearl Earring”

As we launch our elevated print of Girl with a Pearl Earring, we are very intrigued by the novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, and how a story was created. Not much is actually known about the girl in the painting, or even Vermeer himself – so how did Chevalier come about writing her blockbuster-adapted novel?

Chevalier argues the numerous pieces of art in museums often leaves you feeling exhausted and bored and in order to fully appreciate the art, it is important to be selective. So, instead of racing through a gallery to ‘enjoy’ every piece she pin points just one or two that catch her attention and make her slow down. Then, she tells herself a story about it.

At nineteen years old, Chevalier came across Girl with a Pearl Earring and immediately went to buy a poster of it (which is still hanging in her room to this day!). The colours and the lighting grabbed her attention, but what kept her coming back to it was the look on the girls face, and how she couldn’t tell whether she is happy or sad. After sixteen years of looking at this poster every day Chevalier thought: “I wonder what the painter did to her to make her look like that?” From this very question, her story unfolded.

Girth pearl earring elevated print in gold frame
Verus Art Elevated Print Of Girl With A Pearl Earring

In case you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, Chevalier tells a story about Vermeer, a busy family household of eleven children, a quiet studio, a servant wearing a pearl earring, and a jealous wife. She creates an amazing story about the girl in the painting, and brings us into the world of Vermeer,  surprisingly born mostly from her imagination due to the lack records or facts we know about Vermeer.

Watch Tracy Chevalier's TED Talk

Like most novels, the story behind the story is quite fascinating and in a 2015 TED Talk Tracy Chevalier, author of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, talks about how she finds stories within a painting, and how that allows her to engage with art and avoid “gallery fatigue.”

Young woman looking at modern painting in art gallery

“Touching” on The Slow Art Movement

March 30th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Living with Art, Slow Art 0 comments on ““Touching” on The Slow Art Movement”

As people begin to gear up (or down!) for Slow Art Day on April 8th, alongside 170+ venues that are participating this year, we’re feeling inspired by this BBC Culture video, and want to share what the slow art movement means to the art community.

Watch the BBC video, "How to look at a work of art," discussing the slow art movement: here 

Watch the BBC video "How to look at a work of art"

So, is there a ‘right’ amount of time to look at, or engage with an art work?

This concept of “eyeball etiquette” can be difficult to feel certain of when looking at an art piece. How long should you look for? What more do you get out of an piece of art if you look at it more slowly?

When you look at art there is a moment where you and the artwork meet in the centre – this can be done if you look at it slowly and fully engage with the piece. Connecting with art in this way has a simple effect: it encourages creativity and helps people discover the joy of looking at art, creating more art lovers.

One hour is needed to experience a masterpiece, says the gallery owner in the BBC Culture video. It is important to think about why the artist created the piece you are observing. How did they go about painting it? What was the inspiration behind it? What is the first thing you noticed about this piece? Thinking about these ideas will allow you to connect with the painting more, and experience the art in the way an artist would have. Of course, the amount of time to look at an art work and what you need to think about can be a varying opinion; after all, everyone has a different way of thinking about art.

Slow Art Day encourages people to choose a few pieces of art and stare at them longer. In most galleries and museums today there are so many different pieces to see. People are racing around and trying to see as much as possible, taking photos instead of really looking. And these photos don’t allow you to fully experience the original work, the way it was intended.

Children touching Van Gogh reproductions
"Please touch the artwork"

At Verus Art we take the slow art movement concept even further. With our elevated prints of works by great masters such as Van Gogh and Monet, we encourage people to not only look at our prints, but also to touch them! We enable a more enriched art experience by allowing people to connect with the actual brushwork of their favourite artists – experiencing art the way the artist originally intended. “Please touch the artwork” is at the very core of our philosophy.

Verus Art makes some of the greatest art more accessible so that people can connect with art, the way the slow art movement intends. So have fun slowing down and really looking at art, and why not help other enjoy this experience by joining the movement on social media: #slowartday @SlowArtDay

Peaceful image of open book resting on a arm rest of a couch. Warm fireplace on background.

10 Art Inspired Must Read Novels

March 24th, 2017 Posted by Book lovers, For Art Lovers, Living with Art, The Goldfinch 0 comments on “10 Art Inspired Must Read Novels”

Launching our Special Museum Edition of The Goldfinch got us thinking about other book club favorites that have been inspired by art. So, in no particular order, we’ve pulled together a list of must-read arty novels to get stuck into this year.

View the Verus Art elevated print, The Goldfinch on our website

The Goldfinch recreation with brown frame

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (2013)

Good Reads Rating: 3.86

Inspired by Carel Fabritius’ painting The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt has hooked millions of people around the world with almost 800 pages of brilliance.

Centered around an orphaned New Yorker, Theo, The Goldfinch painting is what captivates and draws him into the underworld of art during life as a young teenager who's struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of his mother. As an adult, Theo’s life unfolds into a dark, complex and mysterious love story as he continues to struggle with loss, identity and survival.

With a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) under it’s belt, the Goldfinch is a book club heavyweight and is due to be released as a movie in 2018.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Image Credit: goodreads.com

 

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown (2003)

Good Reads Rating: 3.78

The Da Vinci Code is one of the most read books since the millennium, loved worldwide for being a gripping mystery and thriller with success that has been greatly influenced by the Hollywood blockbuster film.

Most famously associated with the Mona Lisa, the story follows a desperate race through Paris as the main characters – Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu – work to solve riddles and puzzles disguised in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci.

If their quest proves successful, astonishing truths would at last be unveiled whilst saving other ancient truths from being lost forever.

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

Image Credit: goodreads.com

 

The Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier (1999)

Good Reads Rating: 3.84

Arguably one of Vermeer’s most captivating paintings, it’s no wonder it inspired a love story – a very popular love story at that!

Tracy Chevalier turns the mystery and wonder of the masterpiece into historical fiction about “The Girl” -  Griet – when she’s hired as a servant in the Delft household, with Vermeer as her Master. Just 16 at the time, Griet is swept up into an intimate relationship, eventually being hired as a model and sitting for Vermeer in this exquisite painting.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

Image Credit: goodreads.com

 

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, by Harriet Scott Chessman (2001)

Good Reads Rating: 3.73

Inspired by the beautiful works of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, this story is told by her sister, Lydia, who poses for five of her most extraordinary works. Opening a window into the lives of two sisters in the midst of a vibrant 19th century art scene this novel also features tales of real-life figures like Renoir and Degas.

Sadly, we learn that Lydia is ill with Bright’s disease and knows death is approaching, allowing the novel to explore the nature of art and desire, memory and mortality, romantic and familial love.

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, by Harriet Scott Chessman

Image Credit: goodreads.com

 

The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery (2012)

Good Reads Rating: 3.76

Oozing with love, obsession and tragedy, this sultry historical fiction by Ellis Avery explores the glamour and darkness of life in Paris during the heady extravagant years before the crash, a time when mistresses of wealthy businessmen would find themselves draped in Chanel and jewels.

Inspired by real events in Tamara de Lempicka’s history, we follow the tale of the struggling American, Rafaela Fano, who one evening finds herself in the car of the Art Deco artist. Narrowly avoiding the desperate path to prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist and before long the two have become lovers with their romance inspiring some of Lempicka’s most iconic Jazz Age paintings.

The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery

Image Credit: goodreads.com

 

I, Mona Lisa, by Jeanne Lakogridis  (2006)

Good Reads Rating: 3.85

Told through the voice of Mona Lisa, this historical fiction novel is a popular murder mystery with lots of twists and events that keep readers hooked.

Set in 15th century Florence, a shock assassination of Giuliano de’Medici ripples through the city, a year before Mona Lisa was born. Years later she finds herself at the center of a sinister web of dangerous secrets, love and treachery, as her first love – Giuliano’s nephew and namesake – meets a tragic end to life.

I, Mona Lisa, by Jeanne Kalogridis

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Susan Vreeland (2007)

Good Reads Rating: 3.65

Bestselling author Susan Vreeland penned this historical fiction novel, inspired by one of the world’s favorite Renoir paintings, Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Focusing on the energy that flowed through Paris after the Franco-Prussian War, Renoir and his guests narrate the life in this era of ‘la vie moderne’ – a time when social constraints were loosening and Parisians were bursting with passion and desire to create an extraordinary life for themselves.

Sharing these urges, Renoir also finds himself facing art and love crises and issues with loyalty and diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group.

Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Susan Vreeland

Image Credit: goodreads.com

 

Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi (2016)

Good Reads Rating: 4.1

The most recently published book in our list, Black Water Lilies, is inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lily series. A thrilling murder mystery, the story delves into a darker side of Giverny, France – the home of Monet and the gardens where he painted his water lilies.

Spanning across 13 days, beginning with one murder and ending with another, a body is found in the stream of the gardens and in the pocket of the corpse's jacket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies and a mysterious message on the other side. Tangled in this mystery are three lead female characters, but what do they know about the murder and could the discovery of a Black Water Lilies painting be about to happen?

Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi

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The Painted Kiss, by Elizabeth Hickey (2005)

Good Reads Rating: 3.7

This novel takes readers back to 1886 Vienna, a time of elegant cafes, grand opera houses and bustling artistic circles. The Painted Kiss is a romantic and provocative tale about Emilie Floge and Gustav Klimt. At just 12 years old Emilie first meets Klimt when her father employs the artist for drawing lessons. After being introduced to a subculture of dissolute artists and their wanton models, Emilie is terrified yet inspired by this captivating world.

As she blossoms into a young woman, Emilie becomes known as one of Europe’s most exclusive couturiers and, of course, Klimt’s most beloved model and mistress and the face of his most adored piece, The Kiss.

The Painted Kiss, by Elizabeth Hickey

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I Am Madame X, by Gioia Diliberto (2003)

Good Reads Rating: 3.73

One of the most controversial paintings of it’s time, John Singer Sargent’s Madame X was unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1884 and smashed his dreams of a career in Paris because the provocative dress and pose of Virginie Gautreau was too risque, shocking the public and critics.

In this richly imaginative novel, Diliberto follows the story of this American beauty, Virginie Gautreau, recreating her tempestuous and promiscuous personality. Going from the lush plantations of New Orleans to the midst of grand ballrooms, dressmakers’ salons and artists’ ateliers Virginie thrived on this new, post-war wealthy lifestyle, so much so that her showy self-display often put her at the center of vicious Paris gossip.

I am Madame X, by Gioia Diliberto

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Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Good Reads Rating: 3.61

Inspired by the real-life model for Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, The Painted Girls is a beautiful story set in Paris in 1878; the author "paints" the scene of the smells, the life, the streets, the buildings, and the Opera.

Painted Girls is a gripping novel about two sisters in Paris who find their lives upturned. Following their fathers sudden death, Antionette finds work as an extra in a stage adaption of Emile Zola's naturalist masterpiece L'Assommoir. Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Marie soon catches the attention of Edgar Degas and becomes the model for one of his most famous works, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. 

The Painted Girls Red Book Cover

Image Credit: goodreads.com

Verus Art

These are just a few of the most popular novels that are inspired by art. The Goldfinch really is a special little bird and we are very excited to have launched our elevated print of The Goldfinch, which Donna Tartt writes about so beautifully.

Tweet us @verusart if you have any arty must-read suggestions you'd like to share!

 

A man touching the Van Gogh Iris hanging on white gallery wall

Opening Reception Success Extends Verus Art Exhibition

March 7th, 2017 Posted by Art News, For Art Lovers, Living with Art, Vancouver Events 0 comments on “Opening Reception Success Extends Verus Art Exhibition”

Verus Art has had an exhilarating month; with our Vancouver launch event, unveiling our latest elevated print, The Goldfinch, the announcement of the Government of Canada’s 2.75 million in funding for Arius Technology, and finally, our opening reception for our exhibition at Art Works Gallery in downtown Vancouver. It was a whirlwind of celebration and excitement – this exhibition being the perfect way to share all this year’s accomplishments with everyone!

man looking at Monet Epte with Monet sign above
Monet's Epte painting looks great on Art Works walls!

The Verus Art exhibition at Art Works Gallery opened on February 22nd and includes the entire Verus Art collection – together with our newest addition: Fabritius’ The Goldfinch. The opening reception was held on March 2nd, and encouraged anyone to swing by, grab a drink and a nibble, and have the chance to see our re-creations on the gallery walls.

two people holding up their arms in a heart shape in front of the monet painting
Casey-Jo from 102.7 The Peak Radio came to admire our stunning Monet!

The night was a big success! We had over 100 people attend, including art collectors, realtors, faculty from Emily Carr and UBC, and various influencers – we even had Casey-Jo from 102.7 The Peak come admire our collection! In fact, the night was so successful and the re-creations looked so amazing on Art Works Gallery walls, that the exhibition has been extended to March 31st so that more people can experience the pieces. Be sure to swing by Art Works Gallery and see our amazing elevated prints displayed on the walls.

Thomson paintings in gold frame hanging on white wall with people in the background
What a beautiful gallery!

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