May 27

Arts Everyday Living: Off the Coast of New England with an American Impressionist

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OFF THE COAST OF NEW ENLAND

WITH AN AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST

 

 

 

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Childe Hassam, Duck Island from Appledore, 1911, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Duck Island is named for the migratory birds that inhabit the island.  Today the island is used as a wildlife refuge.  Earlier the island was a restricted zone, used as a bombing target by the government.

New Hampshire Travel Guide, the Isle of Shoals

The Isle of Shoals, a group of nine islands off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine, was a favorite summer retreat for American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935).  He spent much of his time on Appledore, hosted by poet and friend Celia Thaxter.  However, Hassam often depicted the adjoining Duck Island which he could view from Thaxter’s home.

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May 25

Arts Everyday Living: Rediscovering Women Artists—A Once “Lost” Painter

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REDISCOVERING WOMEN ARTISTS

A ONCE “LOST” PAINTER

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Marie-Denise Villers, Portrait of a Woman After Nature or Madame Soustras, 1802, oil on canvas, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

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For she had eyes and chose me.

William Shakespeare, Othello, Act III

French artist Marie-Denise Villiers (1774-1821) was rediscovered only in the 20th century; before then, her works were attributed to other painters such as famous contemporary Jacques-Louis David.  British playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616) continues to maintain his position as one of the giants of Western literature.

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May 23

Arts Everyday Living: Fluctuations and Changes of Spring—On an English Hillside

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FLUCTUATIONS AND CHANGES OF SPRING

ON AN ENGLISH HILLSIDE

 

 

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Daniel Alexander Williamson, Spring, Arnside Knot and Coniston Range of Hills from Warton Crag, detail, c. 1863, oil on canvas, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

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In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.*

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

As spring approaches summer, its temperatures and weather in general still continue to fluctuate.  British artist Daniel Alexander Williamson (1823-1903), in his scenic view near a Lancashire village in England, captures the changing landscape of springtime.  The humor and wit of acclaimed American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910)  endures more than a century after his death.

*From Boundaries of a Complex World by Andrei Ludu

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Williamson

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May 21

Arts Everyday Living: Gilbert Stuart in London—Skating in Hyde Park

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GILBERT STUART IN LONDON

SKATING IN HYDE PARK

 

 

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Gilbert Stuart, The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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….on account of the excessive coldness of the weather…the day was better suited for skating than sitting for one’s portrait.

William Grant

Before he achieved fame for his portraits of George Washington and other leading figures of the young American nation, Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) worked in London under the mentorship of fellow countryman Benjamin West.  One of Stuart’s early subjects was William Grant, whose pose was considered unorthodox at the time.

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May 19

Arts Everyday Living: Return of Frederic Bazille-Friend & Colleague of Monet & Renoir

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RETURN OF FREDERIC BAZILLE

FRIEND & COLLEAGUE OF MONET & RENOIR

 

 

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Frederic Bazille, View of the Village, 1868, oil on canvas, Montpellier, Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France

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I can’t wait to get down to work at Meric; I intend to have the girl from Saint-Sauveur sit for me…..

George Bazille, Letter to his parents, spring, 1868

French Impressionist Frederic Bazille (1841-1870), along with his friends Monet, Renoir, and Sisley, was one of the early leaders of the then avant-garde movement during its development during the 1860s.  However, with his death in 1870 on the battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War, his artistic contributions have faded with time.  Although the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition, Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism, now in Washington, D.C., is helping to restore his reputation.

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May 17

Arts Everyday Living: Gustav Klimt in the Countryside—The Wonder of Trees & Roses

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GUSTAV KLIMT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

THE WONDER OF TREES & ROSES

 

 

 

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Gustav Klimt, Rosebushes Under the Tree, c. 1905, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France

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Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world.  There is always something to wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.

Albert Schweitzer, Dictionary of Proverbs

Usually Viennese iconic artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is associated with his colorful and dynamic portraits. However, Klimt’s landscapes such as Rosebushes Under the Tree are increasingly appreciated today. French-German Nobel prize winner Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) combined his medical background, religious training, and humanitarian outreach in Africa to further worldwide peace.

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May 15

Arts Everyday Living: A High Renaissance Narcissus—A Da Vinci Connection?

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A HIGH RENIASSANCE NARCISSUS

A DA VINCI CONNECTION?

 

 

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Follower of Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Narcissus, c. 1500, oil on walnut, National Gallery of Art, London, UK

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They can romanticize us so, mirrors, and that is their secret: what a subtle torture it would be to destroy all the mirrors in the world; where then could we look for a reassurance of our identities.

Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms

Does the young man of Narcissus resemble one of Leonardo da Vinci’s subjects?  The connection, though, is indirect. For its artist is a follower of High Renaissance Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (1467-1516), who in turn was a pupil of the master Leonardo.  American Truman Capote (1924-1984) was not only a novelist but also a playwright and screenwriter; his most famous works are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

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May 13

Arts Everyday Living: Happy Mother’s Day Through the Eyes of Mary Cassatt

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 

THROUGH THE EYES OF MARY CASSATT

 

 

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Mary Cassatt, The Child’s Bath, 1893, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

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Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.

George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

Both American Impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and British author Mary Anne Evans, professionally known as George Eliot (1819-1880), advanced the role as well as the scope of women in the arts in the nineteenth century.

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May 11

Arts Everyday Living: The Comeback of an “Unknown” French Impressionist?

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THE COMEBACK OF AN “UNKNOWN” IMPRESSIONIST

CASTLE IN THE MOUNTAINS

 

 

 

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Jean-Baptise Armand Guillaumin, Felsenland with Hauserkette, date unknown, oil on canvas, Private Collection?

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A legendary land of rocks and castles….Holidays in the Dahner Felsenland are an invitation to dream, days without stress and traffic jam, days of rest and joy of life.

Tourist website, Dahner Felsenland, Germany

The art works and reputation of French Impressionist Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927) are hopefully enjoying a comeback.  A prolific artist, Guillaumin was at the center of avant-garde art in Paris—along with Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, as well as Van Gogh and Cezanne—in the late nineteenth century.  The majority of his paintings were landscapes set in France, although he did recreate the scenic view above in Germany.

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May 09

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of the Violin—Silver Strings of Harmony

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THE ART OF THE VIOLIN

SILVER STRINGS OF HARMONY

 

 

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Giovanni Bedini, The Violinist, detail, by 1924, oil on canvas, Location Unknown

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….the violin–that most human of all instruments.

Louisa May Alcott, Jo’s Boys

Little information is available on Italian artist Giovanni Bedini (1844-1924) who was from Bologna. American writer Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) based her popular Little Women and its sequels, Little Men and Jo’s Boys, on her own family life in Concord, Massachusetts.

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