Feb 22

Arts Everyday Living: Springtime in Paris—Awakenings on the Seine

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SPRINGTIME IN PARIS

AWAKENINGS ALONG THE SEINE

 

 

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Childe Hassam, Pont Royal, Paris, 1897, oil on canvas, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

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Light exists in spring

Not present on the year

At any other period

When March is scarcely here.

Emily Dickinson, A Light Exists in Spring

Both American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) were from New England.  In contrast to Hassam, who traveled widely, Dickinson rarely left her Amherst home in Massachusetts.  Yet the two have captured the essence of early spring above, one in words, the other in paint.

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Feb 20

Arts Everyday Living: Dream River–Monet’s Giverny Through an Impressionist’s Eyes

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DREAM RIVER AT GIVERNY

THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

 

 

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John Leslie Breck, The River Epte, Giverny, c. 1887, oil on canvas, Location Unknown

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Touch us gently, Time!

Let us glide down thy stream

Gently,—-as we sometimes glide

Through a quiet dream.

Bryan Walter Procter, Poems of Home

American Impressionist John Leslie Breck (1860-1899) returned often to Giverny, the home and inspiration of Claude Monet.  Like several of his countrymen, Breck was greatly influenced by Monet and landscape surrounding the village, particularly the Epte River, which was a favorite painting site of the French artist.  British poet and lawyer Bryan Walter Procter (1787-1874), who wrote under the pseudonym of Barry Cornwall, might have gained more recognition for his works if he had been able to devote himself full time to artistic expression.

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Feb 18

Arts Everyday Living: Down to the Sea with Renoir–Into the Waves

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DOWN TO THE SEA WITH RENOIR

INTO THE WAVES

 

 

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Seascape, 1879, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

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There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

The birthdays of two giants of French arts are coming next week: Impressionist icon Pierre-Auguste Renoir (born February 25, 1841) and famed author Victor Hugo (born February 26, 1802).  Plus a host of other creative souls, from photographer Ansel Adams (b. February 20, 1902) to poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (b. February 22, 1892) to painter Winslow Homer (b. February 24, 1836), all Americans.

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Feb 16

Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse Lautrec and Art of Infatuation-An Anonymous L’Amour

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TOULOUSE LAUTREC & THE ART OF INFATUATION

AN ANONYMOUS L’AMOUR

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Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, The Passenger in Cabin 54, 1896, lithograph, Private Collection

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Only the figure exists.  Landscape merely is, and must not be anything more than an addition.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec*

Although  the work of French Post-Impressionist artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) is mainly set in the night spots of Montmartre, he was captivated by The Passenger in Cabin 54 while on an ocean trip from Le Havre to Lisbon.  However, Lautrec never introduced himself, perhaps preferring to worship the object of his admiration from afar.

*Source of quote is from Lautrec by Lautrec by Ph. Huisman and M.G. Dortu, The Viking Press, New York, 1964.

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Feb 14

Arts Everyday Living: A Valentine from Winslow Homer? A Hidden Love?

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A VALENTINE FROM WINSLOW HOMER?

A HIDDEN LOVE?

 

 

 

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.*

George Sand

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Winslow Homer, Portrait of a Lady, 1875, watercolor on paper, Private Collection

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Winslow Homer, In the Garden, 1874, watercolor on paper, Private Collection

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American master Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was very guarded about his private affairs, yet Portrait of a Lady and In the Garden perhaps reveal a possible romantic interest.  In contrast, French novelist George Sand (1804-1876) expressed her passions openly, both in writing and relationships with a number of literary figures as well as composer Frederic Chopin.

*The source of Sand’s quote is not known.

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Feb 12

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Style–Remembering an Age of Elegance

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THE ART OF STYLE

REMEMBERING AN AGE OF ELEGANCE

 

 

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William Orpen, Rose, Fourth Marchioness of Headfort, 1915, oil on canvas, Location Unknown

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Fashion fades, only style remains.*

Coco Chanel

Irish portraitist William Orpen (1878-1931) takes us into an era that has largely disappeared, ended by the destruction and carnage of World War I; French fashion genius Coco Chanel (1883-1971) may have died nearly 50 years ago, but her impact on both clothing, perfume and other aspects of style endures.

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Feb 10

Arts Everyday Living: Inside the Royal Ballet—The Degas Connection?

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INSIDE THE ROYAL BALLET

THE DEGAS CONNECTION?

 

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Paul-Gustave-Fischer, The Royal Theater Ballet School, Copenhagen, detail, 1889, oil on canvas, Private Collection?

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I believe that we learn by practice.  Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dance or to to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.

Martha Graham, I Am a Dancer

Danish artist Paul-Gustave Fischer (1860-1934) may not have the universal fame today of Impressionist Edgar Degas (who is identified artistically with the ballet theme), but his paintings attracted regular buyers in Copenhagen and other parts of his country during his lifetime.  American Martha Graham (1884-1991) was a icon of modern dance during the twentieth century, both performing as well as choreographing a large body of work including Appalachian Spring and Letter to the World (dedicated to Emily Dickinson).

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Feb 08

Arts Everyday Living: George Stubbs, Master Artist of the Horse–Purity & Perfection

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GEORGE STUBBS, MASTER ARTIST OF THE HORSE

PURITY & PERFECTION

 

 

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George Stubbs, Whistlejacket, c. 1762, detail, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK

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A lovely horse is always an experience—it is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.

Beryl Markham*

British artist George Stubbs (1724-1806) is recognized as one of the masters of equine portraits in art history; pioneer English aviator Beryl Markham (1902-1986), best known for her book about transatlantic flight West With the Night, also trained horses in her home country of Kenya.

*From The Gigantic Book of Horse Wisdom, edited by Thomas Meagher

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Feb 06

Arts Everyday Living: Snowfall in Japan—Walking Toward the Temple Sanctuary

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SNOWFALL IN JAPAN

WALKING TOWARD THE TEMPLE SANCTUARY

 

 

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Utagawa Hiroshige, Snow at Benzaiten Shrine in Inokashira Pond, detail, 1844/1845, Color woodblock print.

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You can’t get too much winter in the winter.

Robert Frost, Snow

 

Both the works of Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) have been featured in several of our blogs.  For more on both these creative figures, click:

Winter is Coming Early—Through the Eyes of Hiroshige

A Winter’s Tale in Painting and Poetry (Robert Frost)

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Feb 04

Arts Everyday Living: Preview of Valentine’s Day—Art, Music, and Love

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PREVIEW OF VANLENTINE’S DAY

ART, MUSIC, AND LOVE

 

 

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Richard Bergh, After the Sitting, 1884, oil on canvas, Malmo Art Museum, Malmo, Sweden

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If music be the food of love, play on.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Nigh

Was Richard Bergh (1858-1919), a popular Swedish artist in his day, thinking of William Shakespeare’s immortal words in his work After the Sitting? Romance is also the theme of what is considered Bergh’s most popular painting, Nordic Summer Evening which you can access by clicking below.

Tale of a Summer Romance

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