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Frédéric Bazille's The Family Gathering has none of the quick, airy brushstrokes his future impressionist peers would discover; but the sunshine is there, as are the bright colors. Musee d'Orsay, Paris/Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

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Fearless Girl, the statue installed in front of New York City's famous Charging Bull, got some unexpected company for a few hours Monday: the statue of a dog, with one leg raised as if urinating. Alex Gardega says his Sketchy Pug was intended to support the artist behind the bull, who has been upset his creation's meaning has been co-opted. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Watermelon minaudière with rhinestones, 1991 Gary Mamay/Leiber Collection/Museum of Arts and Design hide caption

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Art You Can Wear On Your Arm? For Judith Leiber, It's In The Bag

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The empty frame (center) from which thieves cut Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2010. The painting was one of more than a dozen works stolen from the museum in 1990. Josh Reynolds/Associated Press hide caption

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With A Wedding Dress Comes A New Beginning For A Syrian Tailor

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

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Jean-Michel Basquiat's untitled painting of a skull is displayed behind an official with Sotheby's, which offered the media a preview earlier this month. On Thursday, the work sold for $110.5 million — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a work by a U.S. artist. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Correction: What Is The Shell In The 'Birth Of Venus' Painting?

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Sandro Botticelli's Venus was painted after his best known work depicting the goddess, The Birth of Venus. Sabauda Gallery/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hide caption

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A Lesser-Known Venus Visits The U.S. In New Botticelli Exhibit

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In Search of a New Home is part of Eric Almanza's series of oil paintings depicting the border wall with Mexico. Courtesy of Eric Almanza hide caption

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Chicano Art Wields A Sharper Political Edge In Post-Election California

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