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A free daily dose of fine art and art history

A free daily dose of fine art and art history
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American Gothic. The Starry Night. Mona Lisa. Sure, you would recognize these iconic artworks in a heartbeat, but do you know who Mona Lisa was in real life? Do you know what inspired Van Gogh to create The Starry Night? And why did he cut off his ear?

You don't have to visit an art museum to find out those answers. All you need to do to learn about famous, important and iconic works of art is download the DailyArt app for both Apple and Android gadgets.

Every day with the DailyArt app, you will see a new famous piece - a Picasso, a Monet, whatever the case may be - and you'll be able to read about the artist, the story behind it, and other fun facts to take with you along your day.

For example, I learned that this painting by Van Gogh called "Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase" was one of many paintings he created for a cafe owner he was courting. He used to give his lady paintings of flowers so that they would last forever and her cafe became a "veritable artificial garden."

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Better yet, if you want to know about a specific piece, you can search by name or artist, and even create a gallery to keep all of your favorite pieces in one place.

Psst... Interested in modern art? Watch this short video about the "Removed" photo documentary series, which captures our addiction to smartphones.

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