Artist of the Month

July 2020

Augusta Savage (1892-1962)

Realization  with Augusta Savage


Augusta Savage

Black Lives Matter


Among the top tourist attractions across the world’s big cities used to be  

art museums.  Every day hundreds of thousands of people streamed through their galleries.  


Every Picture Tells A Story is a guide for those who want to get more by virtually visiting an art gallery or unraveling what a painting is about. It is crammed with information you will not find in other guides.


Every Picture Tells A Story starts from the assumption that we do not need to have a degree in art history or attended art appreciation courses to understand artworks. With a little bit of help, we can all get more from art. 


We all have feelings, ideas, and intelligence - that's what makes us human. Great art taps into and connects with those feelings of being human.


A great painting plays on our inner self. How it does this takes a bit of unravelling. Of course, we need to look closely at an artwork.  But often that is not enough.  Paintings are often subtle and were painted at a specific time in different societies. We need the information to help us connect with a painting or a piece of sculpture.  A painting may look imposing but what story is the artist sharing with his or her audience?


The direct social meaning of a painting is often unclear or ambivalent.  Few artists tell us the meaning or purpose of their works.  We have to deduce this from a range of clues, and even then we cannot be sure we are right.  


Given that there are literally millions of artworks, we have been selective in our choice of art for this site. The choice is personal and therefore biased.  The paintings chosen come from well-known artists.  Some of these you may have heard about or seen.  Others will be a surprise.  



The content of Every Picture Tells A Story is divided into themes.

In Artist of the Month, an artist will be profiled.  You are likely to have heard of some artists, others may be new to you.  Their art encourages us to reflect on the nature of art and the world we are living in. 


Photography and Art  looks as how photograp

Radical Women Artists.  Women artists are poorly represented in most art galleries. In this exhibition, the work of Frida Kahlo, Paula Rego, Turner Prize winner, Lubaina Himid, photographer Ingrid Pollard and multi-media artist Lisa Reihana are featured.


Impressionism has always been popular among art gallery visitors. But are we seeing the full picture of the images they painted in the 1870s around Paris at the time of the Paris Commune?


Some paintings from the National Gallery's Renaissance collection are explored within a broad social context.


The discussions of well known English Landscape Painters from the 18th and 19th centuries turns many assumptions about Gainsborough, Constable, Stubbs and Turner on their head. These paintings are drawn from the collections in Tate Britain and the National Gallery, London.


Art for Change explores how artists over the years have directly or indirectly addressed major political and social issues.


Copies of the paintings are used on this site.  For a bigger image go to Google and search with the painting's name and artist. Study each painting before you read the text. Art is about seeing and you will get more from this site if you have first looked closely at a painting.