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Adolph Menzel’s gorgeous interior was one of five paintings of dark, empty rooms that were private experiments.

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With stencils and oil sticks, Glenn Ligon asks questions about visibility — and our ability to read one another.

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But months after painting this 1870 masterpiece, at the Met, the rising French artist would be killed on the battlefield.

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Käthe Kollwitz’s searing “Woman With Dead Child” captures the most isolating despair imaginable.

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The artist loved unusual perspectives and painted "Northern Point," at the Wadsworth Atheneum, as if he were a bird of prey.

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Georges de La Tour’s painting is a consummation devoutly to be wish’d.

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Aaron Douglas’s “Into Bondage” brought the primal imagery of slavery to a 1936 exhibit in Texas.

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Even in this fragment of Frans Hals’s painting of the Van Campens, at the Toledo Museum of Art, it is clear the artist was ahead of his time.

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The immaculately enigmatic “Quote-Unquote,” at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum, is one of the painter’s final works.

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This Seurat masterpiece, awash with ambivalence, was the artist’s heavily plotted retort to his critics.

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El Greco’s famous landscape 'View of Toledo,' at the Met, celebrates his adopted city, and the sky above it.

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Delaney's “Abstraction (Greene Street)” transforms a trash can fire into a pulsing vision.

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Lemoine's 1789 masterpiece, “The Interior of an Atelier of a Woman Painter," is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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This mysterious artist’s unsigned paintings, often no bigger than postcards, are oddly hypnotic.

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Mostly overlooked, Cecilia Beaux was one of the most accomplished and acclaimed painters of her time.

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This Seamus Murphy photograph shows just one moment captured during a long relationship with a family in Afghanistan.

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby makes artworks that transcend the narrow-mindedness of identity politics.

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Kano Sansetsu’s six-panel screen illustrates the legendary story of the Chinese calligrapher Wang Ziyou.

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Rembrandt painted self-portraits throughout his career. This 17th-cenury work is one of his best.

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