by Brandy D. Anderson
Romantic poet John Keats famously claimed “Truth is beauty and beauty is truth”. Something wonderful happens in our brains when we look at artwork, it has a magical quality that soothes us and plucks at our emotions. It only makes sense that we should find a way to add this beauty to our daily lives, and Twitter is one of the easiest ways to do this. Here are four accounts where you’ll find a plethora of poignant images:
About: “The world’s largest online art community.”
DevaintArt has been a big presence on Twitter since 2007, and they’re one of the most diverse art accounts out there. They offer a wide mix of tweets featuring traditional paintings, modern cosplay costumes, and artistic photography. There are posts like this recent one: “Costume skills and attention to detail bring Link to life in this Legend of Zelda cosplay”, and there’s a really cool painting (or is it a graphic?) of Link with his shield. Another tweet shows a neat close-up shot of a “Steampunk flash drive”, the flash drive is open and you can see the detail of the gold and brass “bullet” and cogs.
You can find a gorgeous painting depicting a mysterious forest scene where someone sits up high on a large tree trunk next to a translucent wispy child who points to the sky; the commentary reads, “’Milky Way’ is beautifully composed with a magical atmosphere”. There’s a retweet from Kenny Rogers featuring cool textual art : “Music is the rhythm. Art is the passion. Life is our subject”. DeviantArt adds: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em. Know when to retweet ‘em”. Another picture shows a tall, sturdy man wearing a long, flowing, crimson robe while wielding a fierce staff, as he stands atop a snowy mountain, facing a large black opening in the rock building, ominous glowing blue eyes stare at him: “A moment of truth is captured in this illustration as the figure faces an uncertain fate”. Or you can see a moody Gothic ink drawing, filled with muted colours, full of Burtonesque lines: “Curious elements lend mystery to this perfectly macabre painting of Ichabod Crane”. This account usually updates numerous times a day.
About: “Making the art world accessible to anyone with an internet connection.”
Artsy’s purpose, stated in their “about” section, is simple and wonderful, and they go a long way towards removing the “artsy fartsy” stigma that so many people attach to what they think art is “supposed” to be. In “A brief (and seductive) history of the colour red” you can learn about the bold hue’s beginnings in ochre up through its modern incarnations. There are artist profiles: for example, you can learn about “How a Delhi street food vendor broke into the art world” or read how “This artist turned her father’s 500-page FBI file into art”.
Another personal profile tells you “what inspired an Oxford professor to go in search of volcanoes in art”. You’ll receive art news: “’Spider-Man’ thief sentenced in Paris court over $100 million in missing art”. Sociological issues are discussed: “What art history can tell us about female beauty ideals”. If you’re looking for a way to engage your kids in the art you love, you could check out the tweet about “How to teach your child to appreciate art”. They have podcasts, like this one: “No. 25: Making it in the art world if you’re not a rich kid” and this one: “No. 20: Art world resolutions for 2017”. You can scroll though “10 icons of Brutalist architecture”. There are inspirational stories, too, like “How Isamu Noguchi’s 7 months in a Japanese internment camp inspired his art”. Of course, there are also plenty of traditional art pieces shared as well, such as Jacques-Louis David’s ‘Napoleon Crossing the Saint-Bernard’: “An L.A. Dinner party spotlights how Napoleon used art to keep the throne”. There are lots of new tweets posted, but the timing is a bit sporadic; sometimes there will be eight new tweets in a day, sometimes there’s only one (and they occasionally skip a day).
About: “An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates | Art is not a thing; it is a way. Elbert Hubbard | Please support and follow☞ @AHistoryOfArt Beauty In Art”
Man, if you want your Twitter to be bombarded with lovely paintings, then this is certainly an account you need to follow – toot de suite! The pinned painting is currently “Black Butterflies” by Alexei Antonov, and it’s followed with the phrase “Beauty In Art”. The image is mesmerizing with the pink petals and emerald leaves making a striking contrast against the dark blue background where a black butterfly flaps his wings over the cracked paint. The light is perfectly captured, and it’s difficult to believe that this isn’t a photograph.
You can find “The Grand Canal” painted by Rubens Santoro, a picturesque view of Venice set to warm tones of tan, white, and red. An atmospheric night view is given in John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Victorian painting, “A Wet Road By Moonlight, Wharfedale”. Another water view is presented in “’Gezicht op het Singel, Jan Roodenpoortstoren’ – ‘View on the Singel, Amsterdam’.1684, Abraham Storck (1644–1708)”. If you’re a Vincent Van Gogh fan, you’ll enjoy his “Filed with Irises Near Arles (1888)”. A tapestry of deep greens and blues fill “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge” by Claude Monet. “Training Grape Vines’ by Jean-Francois Millet depicts a realistic view of a farmer hard at work. A pastel sky hangs over the houses of Eduardo Nicolai’s “Argentina”. This account tweets more than just about any other account I’ve ever encountered – for instance, they have added more than 100 posts just today alone (and that’s not hyperbole)!
About: “The history of painting reaches back in time to artifacts from pre-historic humans, and spans all cultures. || Beauty In Art ||”
I only list this as a quick mention, rather than giving it a full entry on its own, because History of Color retweets a very high number of History of Paintings tweets. However, I’m listing this account separately because if you want to see a lot of awesome paintings, you should also follow these folks since they also post a lot of stuff not retweeted. They share a great many paintings I haven’t seen elsewhere, like Louis Bosworth Hurt’s “After the Shower – A Highland Brae, s.d.”. Another lesser-known masterpiece is Abraham Pether’s “A Moonlight Estuary with a Forge Near a Castle, Windmills, and a Town Beyond”. They also tweet some quirky stuff from time to time, such as “Vi Piacerebbe Svegliarvi in Un’Opera D’arte?/Dreaming in Paint” by Grant Woolard” and it’s actually a video of man who lives and travels through various paintings. There are a lot of new tweets posted daily.