Belgian nineteenth century artist Gustave Leonard de Jonghe (1829-1893) often portrayed domestic scenes, featuring stylish women engaged in activities such as reading letters and entertaining friends.
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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was always drawn to windmills–memories of his native Netherlands–wherever he lived. For instance, he discovered the Moulin de la Galette, in the Montmartre neighborhood near the apartment he shared with his brother Theo in Paris.
Click on the works of art to ENLARGE and ENHANCE them. Originally published in August, 2014. I am republishing for my current Modern and Contemporary Art class. THE REAL GAUGUIN: FACT VS. FICTION _______________ FAST FACT #1—TROUBLE IN PARADISE? On April 1, 1891, Paul Gauguin embarks from Marseilles for the then French colony of Tahiti, resolved to […]
French Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) spent his later years in the south of France, seeking a warmer climate for his chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Springtime in Essoyes was painted near his home, artistic proof of Renoir’s ability to continue creating in spite of his increasing disability.
Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a renowned Art Nouveau master, first attracting attention in Paris with his striking posters of actress Sarah Bernhardt. Later Mucha would return to his native country, combining his patriotism and artistry in the Slav Epic, a monumental work of some 20 large-scale canvases.
Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920), like John Singer Sargent, was a top international portraitist whose clients ranged from heads of state to heiresses like Virginia P. Bacon above, accompanied by her canine comrade.
The following blog was first published in April, 2011. Sunflowers? By Gauguin? Sunflowers are famously associated with Van Gogh. However, Vincent’s friend, colleague, and sometimes nemesis, Paul Gauguin, created his own interpretations of the golden floral symbol of southern France where Van Gogh and Gauguin once resided together. Except that Gauguin painted his sunflowers in […]
French Post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) explored and interpreted nature in a new way, from the mountain landscape near his home in southern France to the familiar figure of his wife Hortense to displays of fruit, intermingled with pots and vases of flowers.
American twentieth century artist Joseph Stella (1877-1946) often depicted the industrial power of the United States, symbolized in modern structures such as the Brooklyn Bridge. However, Flowers, Italy, reflects Stella’s creative bond with his birth country of Italy.
American master Winslow Homer (1836-1910) traveled broadly throughout the Northeast, especially in New York and the New England states. In the Mountains above depicts how Americans participated in outdoor activities, bringing them closer to nature in wilderness areas such as the Adirondacks.