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Art: Home

What is art?

Image of "Phantasy II" by artist Norman Lewis

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso

You can define art with a dictionary or with your heart.

Art is personal and different for everyone. How you experience art changes with each day. While art is often in the eye of the beholder, it is still a subject that we can study.

In this guide, you will find recommended resources along with information about artistic movements and styles which may be useful for your research.

Happy creating!

IMAGE CREDIT: Norman Lewis, American, 1909-1979. Phantasy II. 23-Sep-46. Artstor, 

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Did you ever wonder about those huge spheres right at the Van Ness-UDC metro stop on Connecticut Avenue? Music of the Spheres photo

They were created by sculptor Martha Jackson-Jarvis in 2003. Read more here.

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