Arts Everyday Living: Splendor in the Northern Mountains—When Autumn Peaks

……There comes a festival season, When nature is all aglow— Aglow with mystical splendor That rivals the brightness of spring….. Emeline P. Smith, Excerpt from Indian Summer* The style of American artist Maurice Pendergast (1858-1924) is often marked by vibrant colors and impressionistic forms.  Information about Emeline P. Smith is not available. *Journal of Education for Upper […]

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Jan Frans van Dael

Arts Everyday Living: Memory of Yesteryear Paris—The Most Exquisite Bouquet

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world. Christian Dior* Jan Frans van Dael (1764-1840) was a Flemish artist who made his name in Paris creating intricate and richly colored arrangements of flowers.  Christian Dior (1905-1957) revolutionized the world of French fashion, especially during the post-World War II period. *Attributed, […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Inside a Florentine Palace—Across the Centuries Through Art

Every dog is a lion at home.* Henry George Bohn The work of Italian Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) is distinguished by the Mannerist style, that emphasized elongation of the features of his often aristocratic sitters. British publisher Henry George Bohn (1792-1884) was instrumental in popularizing studies in variety of subjects, from history to science […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The First Days of November—Greetings of the Season

Any of several types of garden plants that flower in the fall, including some that produce small flowers and others that have very large brightly colored flowers. Definition of chrysanthemums* French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), like his friend and colleague Monet, was inspired by the changing seasons, especially apparent in the autumn garden scene above. […]

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George Hendrik Breitner, Girl in a White Kimono, 1894, oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a Dutch Impressionist, Vincent’s Colleague

Solitude and reflection are necessary to give to wishes the force of passions. Mary Wollstonecraft* Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) painted often in the Impressionist style and worked with fellow countryman Vincent van Gogh, early in the latter’s career.  Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a pioneer in supporting women’s rights in the 18th century.  Her […]

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