Sylvia Darning by Harold Gilman, 1917, Oil on canvas.
Possible search topics for this work of art: 20th century art, patterns, design, interior, woman, ceiling, door, flowers, chair, table, wallpaper, tablecloths, vase, sewing box, paintings, genre subject, Marine painting, room, darning, knitting, Gilman, oil painting
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The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 2005, mixed media.
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Possible search topics for this work of art: New York, Central Park, public art, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, modern art, gates, environmental art, 'empaquetage', 21st century art, modern art, postmodern art.