May 07

Arts Everyday Living: The Mysterious Lady—Dreaming of Japan

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THE MYSTERIOUS LADY 

DREAMING OF JAPAN

 

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George Henry, Japanese Lady with a Fan, 1890-1899, oil on canvas, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

A woman should be an illusion.

Ian Fleming*

Scottish artist George Henry (1858-1943) belonged to the Glasgow School, renowned for their use of rich and expressive colors evident in the work above.  British journalist and intelligence officer Ian Fleming (1908-1964) gained international fame for his best-selling novels about spy James Bond that were turned into blockbuster films.

*From The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson.

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May 05

Arts Everyday Living: Welcome to May–the Sweet Fragrance of Late Spring Flowers

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WELCOME TO MAY

SWEET FRAGRANCE OF LATE SPRING FLOWERS

 

 

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Gustave Courbet, Vase of Lilacs, Roses, and Tulips, 1863, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California

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Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.

Chinese Proverb

French innovator Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) is best known for challenging the artistic norms of his day in the ground-breaking movement of Realism (ultimately resulting in other art rebellions, from Impressionism to the modern period).  However, Vase of Lilacs, Roses, and Tulips, along with other works of the flower genre, represents one of his more conventional themes.

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May 03

Arts Everyday Living: Vermeer’s Rival in Long Ago Delft—Inside a Quiet Courtyard

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VERMEER’S RIVAL IN LONG AGO DELFT

INSIDE A QUIET COURTYARD

 

 

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Pieter de Hooch,The Courtyard of a House in Delft, 1658, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, London, UK

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What land is this?  Yon pretty town

Is Delft, with all its wares displayed….

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos

Dutch artist Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), who like his contemporary Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), lived in Delft, also immortalizing the people and its environment in canvases full of remarkable detail as well as clarity of light.  Early American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18707-1882) often was inspired by the past, not only of his own country (“Paul Revere’s Ride,” Song of Hiawatha, among other works), but of European civilization in general.

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May 01

Arts Everyday Living: Penetrating the Mystery of Nature–Through the Eyes of a Horse

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PENETRATING THE MYSTERY OF NATURE

THROUGH THE EYES OF A HORSE

 

 

 

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Franz Marc, Horse in a Landscape, 1910, oil on canvas, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

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Is there any more mysterious idea for an artist than the conception of how nature is mirrored in the eyes of an animal?  How does the horse see the world, or an eagle, a doe, or a dog?

Franz Marc, 100 Aphorisms

 Animals fascinated German Expressionist Franz Marc (1880-1916) and were the subjects of a considerable number of his art works during his short career which ended prematurely with his death during World War I.

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Apr 29

Arts Everyday Living: Winslow Homer & the Sea—Moonlight at Midnight

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WINSLOW HOMER & THE SEA

MOONLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

 

 

 

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Winslow Homer, Eastern Point Light, watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 1880, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

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Stars veil their beauty soon

Besides the glorious moon,

When her full silver light

Doth make the whole earth bright.

Sappho, fragment

One of the leading American masters, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) might be called the mariner artist, creating countless interpretations of the sea both in watercolor and oil. The verses of ancient Greek poet Sappho (c. 630/615 B.C. – c. 580-/570 B.C.) have somehow survived, if often in fragments, through hundreds of centuries,

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Sailing for New England

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Apr 27

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Champagne & Prague’s Art Nouveau Master Mucha

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THE ART OF CHAMPAGNE

PRAGUE’S ART NOUVEAU MASTER MUCHA

 

 

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Alphonse Mucha, Champagne Print Publisher, 1897, lithography, Private Collection

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White wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and Pinot, produced in Champagne, France.

Free Dictionary

I just returned from Prague and in honor of my trip to this cultural center of the Czech Republic, I’ve posted one of the elegant Art Nouveau posters (intended for advertising champagne) of native son Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939).  Although he initially established his artistic reputation abroad in Paris, Mucha also devoted himself to furthering the nationalistic identity of his country in such monumental works as The Slav Epic.

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Art Nouveau This Week: The Beauty and the Zodiac

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Apr 25

Arts Everyday Living: Jewel of the Northern Renaissance–A Noblewoman at Court

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JEWEL OF THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE

A NOBLEWOMAN AT COURT

 

 

 

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Rogier van der Weyden, Portrait of a Lady, c. 1460, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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The virtue of her looks

Excels the precious stone;

Ye need none other book

To read, or look upon.

John Heywood, A Description of a Most Noble Lady

In what is modern Belgium, Rogier van Weyden (1399/1400-1464), Jan van Eyck, and Hugo van der Goes, among others, were pioneers of the oil technique, allowing them to execute their works of art with a preciseness and authenticity new to the world of art. English poet John Heywood (c. 1497-1580) once worked at the courts of the Tudor monarchs, including Henry VIII, Edward VI as well as Queens Mary and Elizabeth.

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Apr 23

Arts Everyday Living: The Return of Spring Through the Eyes of Impressionist Renoir

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THE RETURN OF SPRING

THROUGH THE EYES OF IMPRESSIONIST RENOIR

 

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Spring Bouquet, 1866, oil on canvas, Fogg Museum (Harvard Art Museum), Cambridge, MA

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Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.*

Ellis Peters

Early in his decades long career, Impressionist great Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) welcomed in the spring with the vibrant arrangement above. Ellis Peters was the pen name of British mystery author Edith Mary Parameter (1913-1995), whose Brother Cadfael series, set in the Middle Ages, aired on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater.

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Apr 21

Arts Everyday Living: The Beautiful Journalist by the Italian John Singer Sargent

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THE BEAUTIFUL JOURNALIST

A PORTRAIT BY THE ITALIAN JOHN SINGER SARGENT

 

 

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Giovanni Boldini, Lady Colin Campbell, 1894, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

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Imagine a lady with a lightning wit, a merciless sense of humor, a skill in journalism surpassing any interviewer….

George Bernard Shaw, Speaking of Lady Colin Campbell

Whether in paint or in words, both Italian portraitist Giovanni Bolding (1842-1931) and Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) seem to be similarly entranced by Edwardian beauty and journalist Elizabeth Gertrude Blood, Lady Colin Campbell.  However, Campbell would attract scandal as well as condemnation from society because of the failure of her marriage and subsequent divorce.

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Apr 19

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Tea for Two with Pastries and A Spoonful of Sugar

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THE ART OF TEA FOR TWO

WITH PASTRIES & A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR

 

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Albert Anker, Tea Service, c. 1910, oil on canvas, Private Collection?

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Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.

Chinese Proverb

Albert Anker (1831-1910) still remains one of his native Switzerland’s most popular artists, especially admired for his realist style, apparent in Tea Service above in which the pastries stacked on the side look good enough to eat.

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The Key to Paradise: A Child’s Moment of Reflection

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