Arts Everyday Living: A Child of the Dutch Golden Age—Angel in a Blue Dress

Love children especially, for they too are sinless like angels; they live to soften and purify and, our hearts as it were, to guide us. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck (c. 1603-1662) created the moving portrait above during what is often considered by art historians the Golden Age of Dutch Art; among his […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Glory of the Sunset–Daily Miracle, Spectacular Farewell

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare* Swiss born Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) spent most of his career in France, creating unique and innovative works, often reflecting the avant-garde movements in art of his time.  English  titan of literature William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is still considered Great Britain’s greatest author. *Troilous and Cassandra, Act […]

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Therese Schwartze

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Loyalty—A Woman & Her Dog

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. Emily Dickinson, Letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson Have you heard of Dutch nineteenth century portrait painter Therese Schwartze (1851-1918)?  I just discovered this striking work in the Rijksmuseum, the Netherland’s beloved museum.  The poetry of New Englander Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) endures, ensuring […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Before Tahiti—Autumn in Arles with Gauguin & Van Gogh

Painting is the most beautiful of all arts….. Paul Gauguin, Notes Synthethiques Before French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) journeyed to Tahiti seeking new visions, he stayed with his friend and colleague Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France in autumn, 1888.  The two often painted together, throughout the city and surrounding countryside, leaving for posterity a memory […]

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Gerard ter Borch

Arts Everyday Living: Art of the Dutch Golden Age–Concert at Home

  After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley, Music at Night Dutch Golden Age artist Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) is remembered for his genre scenes of everyday life.  Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a leading novelist and thinker of the first half of the twentieth century, writing several books including […]

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