Camille Pissarro, The Crossroads, Pontoise, or Square at the Old Cemetery (Le Carrefour, Pontoise, or Place du Vieux Cimetière, Pontoise), 1872, Carnegie Museum of Art

Camille Pissarro, The Crossroads, Pontoise, or Square at the Old Cemetery (Le Carrefour, Pontoise, or Place du Vieux Cimetière, Pontoise), 1872, Carnegie Museum of Art

Monday Motivation

Start each week with inspiring artworks, words of advice from the artists we love, and creative prompts.

A colorful abstract painting bisected by bold, dark lines

Happy Birthday, Joan Miró

Kick off your week with a bold, colorful painting by Joan Miró, who combined abstract, Cubist, and Surrealist styles.

A photograph featuring a paper lantern sitting on a table surrounded by irises in vases. Light from an unseen window illuminates the items on the table. Text handwritten on the border of the image reads Spring sunshine, an old lantern, the first iris from my garden, a small happiness!

Trusting the Voice in Your Head with Duane Michals

Enjoy works focused on spring flowers by photographer Duane Michals to start off your week with something bright.

An abstract painting color-blocked into four different sections with colorful lines and shapes

Ignoring the Rules with Helen Frankenthaler

For this week’s Monday Motivation, we’re inspired by the words of Helen Frankenthaler. Her artworks were hugely influential in the postwar era during such movements as Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.

A landscape featuring hazy, colorful blocks of farmland

Happy birthday, Vincent van Gogh!

Happy birthday to one of the most beloved artists in our collection! Vincent van Gogh was born on this day in 1853. Throughout his career, van Gogh was fascinated with the pastoral scenery of rural France, painting the wheat fields near his home dozens of times in different seasons of the harvest.