Central Park In The Fall is a 2010 work by "Painter of Light" artist Thomas Kinkade. The park, Kinkade writes, "is a place where a quick cab ride lets you escape the big city and immerse yourself in nature's brilliant color palette." Thomas Kinkade hide caption

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Artist Ed Ruscha, writer and producer David Breskin and musician Nels Cline. Courtesy of Cryptogramophone hide caption

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Artist Maira Kalman set out on a yearlong adventure to paint and write the story of American democracy -- and out of it came the book And The Pursuit Of Happiness, a quirky, graphic diary with vivid paintings and whimsical handwritten text. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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Mexican and Peruvian fighters take aim at the American eagle that sits above Siqueiros' crucified peasant in America Tropical. Courtesy of Luis C. Garz hide caption

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During his six-decade career, Monet created more than 2,000 paintings. Two hundred of them -- including his renderings of London's Houses of Parliament in sun (left) and fog -- are on display at the Grand Palais museum in Paris. Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A contemporary of Pablo Picasso, Spanish-Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia moved to New York in 1920 and painted New York Docks that same year. Yale University Art Gallery hide caption

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