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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot* American Impressionist Willard Metcalf (1858-1925) often depicted the changing landscape of the four seasons in his native New England. British author George Eliot (1819-1880) is considered one […]
A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands the aim. Robert Baden-Powell French artist Paul Mathey (1844-1929) was admired for his portraits, including an up-close view of his son Jacques. British leader Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) founded the Boy Scouts Association and the Girl Guides.
Afterwards I was sorry I hadn’t asked for colours from pere Tanguy anyway, although there isn’t the least advantage in that—on the contrary–but he’s such a funny fellow and I still think of him often. Don’t forget to say hello to him for me if you see him, and tell him that if he’d like […]
There was never a night or problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. Bernard Williams* Japanese artist Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943) had strong artistic ties with the West; the beauty and drama of nature was a favorite theme. British philosopher Bernard Williams (1929-2003) wrote often about ethical and moral issues. *Source unknown.
No small dabs of color—you want plenty of paint to paint with. John Singer Sargent American master John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) not only painted portraits of the wealthy and elite of late nineteenth century Europe and United States. Smoke of Ambergris, for example, done early in his career in Morocco, represents the artist’s interest in […]
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 […]
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 […]