Mar 10

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Italian Artist’s Eyes—The Art of Heavenly Music

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THROUGH AN ITALIAN ARTIST’S EYES

THE ART OF HEAVENLY MUSIC

 

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Orazio Gentileschi and Giovanni Lanfranco, St. Cecilia and an Angel, c. 1617/1618 & c. 1621/1627, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Saint Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music, because she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married, and is represented with an organ….

Saints and Angels—Catholic Online

Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) and Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647) were both Italian painters creating during the Mannerist and Baroque periods of art.  Gentileschi was also the father of Artemisia who has in recent years gained fame for her powerful works as well as her struggles as an early woman artist.

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Mar 08

Arts Everyday Living: Renoir and the Flowers of Light—Glorious Gladioli

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RENOIR AND THE FLOWERS OF LIGHT

GLORIOUS GLADIOLI

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gladioli in a Vase, c. 1875, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK

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Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

Theodore Roethke, The Stony Garden

Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) continues to uplift viewers with his dozens of resplendent floral interpretations; Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) often used the imagery of plants and flowers in his verse.

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Mar 06

Arts Everyday Living: A Boy’s Life—Solitary Fishing

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A BOY’S LIFE

SOLITARY FISHING

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H.A. Brendekilde, Fishing Boy, detail, c. 1890s, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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…..To forget oneself is to be happy.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Memories and Portraits

Childhood was a popular subject of both Danish artist H. A. Brendekilde (1857-1942) and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).  To experience more of their works, click the links below.

Dreams of Childhood

Happy New Year—Hope, Smiles, and the Art of Childhood

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Mar 04

Arts Everyday Living: Ascending into the Swiss Mountains and the Forest Kingdom

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ASCENDING INTO THE SWISS MOUNTAINS

THE FOREST KINGDOM

 

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wildboden, Mountain Forest, c. 1927-1928, oil on canvas, Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland

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i am very happy and thankful to be here in Switzerland and to remain.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Letter, July, 1919

German master Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was one of the founders of Die Brucke (The Bridge) in the early 20th century, a movement transforming both the human form and nature into images of intense colors as well as expressive forms.  After World War I, Kirchner moved to Switzerland, where he created Wildboden, Mountain Forest above. Denounced as a “degenerate” artist, by the Nazi government of his native country in the 1930s, hundreds of his works were destroyed; shortly after he committed suicide.

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Mar 02

Arts Everyday Living: Woman on a Beach and the Perfect Companion

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WOMAN ON A BEACH

AND THE PERFECT COMPANION

 

 

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Charles Sprague Pearce, Reading by the Shore, detail, c. 1883-1885, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction.  No, read in order to live.

Gustave Flaubert, Letter, 1857

Although born in Boston, American artist Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914) spent most of his painting career in France, living in both Paris and in the countryside near the city.  French writer Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), often ranked as one of the great figures of literary realism, initially shocked critics and public with Madame Bovary, a novel about the empty existence of a middle class wife.

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Feb 28

Arts Everyday Living: Birds & Flowers in Art–A Visual Song of Color

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BIRDS & FLOWERS IN ART

A VISUAL SONG OF COLOR

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Ito Jakuchu, Colorful Realm of Living Beings, c. mid-18th century, silk scroll, Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo, Japan

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Tis my faith that every flower

Enjoys the air it breathes!

William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads

Japanese artist Ito Jakuchu (1715-1800) created the incomparable 30 panel silk scroll master work, Colorful Realm of Living Beings, during the Edo period. The personal and expressive Lyrical Ballads* of English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) helped to launch the Romantic period in art.

*Co-authored with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Feb 26

Arts Everyday Living: North to Finland—Towering Clouds, Lake Reflections

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NORTH TO FINLAND

TOWERING CLOUDS, LAKE REFLECTIONS

 

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Sky, 1904, oil on canvas, Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

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The sky is the daily bread of our eyes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals 

Finnish master Aksell Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) and New England author Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) may have lived on different continents but they shared a love of nature, particularly our relationship to its everyday cycle.

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Feb 24

Arts Everyday Living: Waiting for Romance? Portrait of a Young Lady in Pink

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WAITING FOR ROMANCE?

PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY IN PINK

 

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Miss Ella Carmichael, 1906, oil on canvas, Petit Palais, Paris

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A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house.

Attributed to Moliere

French Symbolist painter Edmond Aman-Jean (1858-1936) was admired for his often captivating portrayals of women, while his own likeness has been immortalized by artist friend Georges Seurat. Playwright and actor Moliere (1622-1673) dominated the French stage during the reign of Louis XIV with comic works such as School for Wives and Tartuffe.

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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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