Jul 08

Arts Everyday Living: The White Cat—A Refuge from the Trials of Life

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THE WHITE CAT

A REFUGE FROM THE TRIALS OF LIFE

 

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Clement Burlison, The White Cat, date unknown, oil on canvas, Durham County Council, Durham City, UK

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There are two means of  refuge from the miseries of life.  Music and cats.

Albert Schweitzer

It is rare when so little information is available about the artist and his works of art.  I do know that Clement Burlison was a nineteenth century British painter; his dates are from 1815-1899.  Fortunately, The White Cat and other paintings can be viewed online. In addition, the quote of humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965),  is not sourced, but is popular on the internet.  Besides being praised for his medical mission in Africa as well as philosophical writings, Schweitzer was also an organist, specializing in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Jul 06

Arts Everyday Living: Impressionist Eva Gonzales—A Taste for Dessert Apples

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IMPRESSIONIST EVA GONZALES

A TASTE FOR DESSERT APPLES

 

 

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Eva Gonzales, Pommes d’Api, 1877-1878, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

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A small, crisp variety of dessert apples, brightly flushed and formally much valued for their decorative qualities.

Pommes d’Api, translation and definition, Oxford Dictionaries

Eva Gonzales (1849-1883), like her colleagues Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, is often grouped with the Impressionists, although she never officially exhibited with them.  She was also the sole student of artistic pioneer Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and married to engraver Henri Guerard.  Gonzales lived only into her early thirties, dying in childbirth within days of her teacher and mentor.

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Jul 04

Arts Everyday Living: Happy Fourth of July! The Art of Fireworks!

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

THE ART OF FIREWORKS!

 

 

 

 

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Edward Middleton Manigault, The Rocket, 1909, oil on canvas, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

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Many ways to say goodnight.

Fireworks at a pier on Fourth of July

spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes.

They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit.

Rockets make a trajectory of gold-and-blue and then go out.

Carl Sandburg, Good Night, excerpt

Fireworks have been an important symbol of the Fourth of July in the United States. The Rocket by early 20th century American artist Edward Middleton Manigault (1887-1922), with its unforgettable multi-colored brushstrokes shimmering against a black night sky, complements the interpretation of a similar pyrotechnic display by fellow countryman poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967).

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Jul 02

Arts Everyday Living: The Meeting of East & West—A Profile of Loveliness

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THE MEETING OF EAST & WEST

A PROFILE OF LOVELINESS

 

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Fujishima Takeji, Profile of a Woman, 1926-1927, oil on panel, Pola Museum of Art, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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The building of the Pola Museum was envisioned on the basis of a “symbiosis between Hakone’s natural beauty and the works of art” concept.

Pola Museum Website

Set in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Pola Museum, which just opened in 2002, has a diverse collection of both Japanese and Western art. The works of Fujishima Takeji (1867-1947) were often influenced by his native heritage and European artistic movements.

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Jun 30

Arts Everyday Living: Goodbye to June—Nature’s Transition from Spring to Summer

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GOODBYE TO JUNE

NATURE’S TRANSITION FROM SPRING TO SUMMER

 

 

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Issac Levitan, A Day in June, detail, c. 1895, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.

L.M. Montgomery*

A Day in June by one of Russia’s celebrated landscape artists Issac Levitan (1860-1900), is a final farewell to a transitional month that begins in spring and ends in summer.

For more on L.M. Montgomery, the author of the popular series Anne of Green Gables, click:

A Day in November—In the Quiet of the Woods

And to view another of Levitan’s works, click:

In the Mood for Waterlilies—Alternatives to Monet

*Source of quote unknown.

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Jun 28

Arts Everyday Living: A Vanderbilt Cousin & His Dog—Old Friend, Loyal Companion

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A VANDERBILT COUSIN & HIS DOG

OLD FRIEND, LOYAL COMPANION

 

 

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Anders Zorn, Portrait of Clarence Barker and his Dog, 1885, watercolor, Private Collection

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Shortly after All Soul’s Parish was established in 1896, George W. Vanderbilt gave the land and contributed handsomely to the endowment of the Clarence Barker Memorial Hospital incorporated on June 13, 1900.

National Park Service, Asheville, North Carolina

Clarence Barker (1864-1896) may have lived briefly, dying at 31 (of what was described as an illness that began with a cold), but his memory has been preserved.  First, in the unforgettable portrait above, done by Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920), who was an acclaimed international portraitist of his day; his subjects included the royalty of his own country as well as U.S. presidents. Then, after Barker’s death, his cousin George Washington Vanderbilt of Biltmore fame, would name a hospital after him that is still open today.

To learn more about the legendary Biltmore, click:

The Biltmore Estate

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Jun 26

Arts Everyday Living: Winslow Homer & America’s Past—Dinner in the Country

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WINSLOW HOMER & AMERICA’S PAST

DINNER IN THE COUNTRY

 

 

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Winslow Homer, The Dinner Horn (Blowing the Horn at Seaside), 1870, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. 

Winslow Homer*

American art icon Winslow Homer (1836-1910), like his contemporaries the French Impressionists, often painted outdoors inspired by the changing color and light of the environment around him.

*From Winslow Homer Watercolors by Helen A. Cooper.

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And revitalize your everyday life with Through an An Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively by Joan Hart.

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Jun 24

Arts Everyday Living: Intimate Spaces—Maternal Harmony, A Mother and Child

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INTIMATE SPACES

MATERNAL HARMONY, A MOTHER AND CHILD

 

 

 

 

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Edouard Vuillard, Mother and Child, 1890, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Conceive of a picture as a series of harmonies.

Edouard Vuillard, Private Journal, 1890

French artists Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) and Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) applied the warm colors as well as broken brush strokes of the Impressionists to create their own expressive interpretations of domestic life.

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Jun 22

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Horse & Rider—A Spiritual and Physical Bond

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THE ART OF HORSE & RIDER

A SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL BOND

 

 

 

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Peter Paul Rubens, A Study for a Horse and Rider, c. 1610s, oil, Private Collection?

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They knew instinctively that a man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically better than a man on foot.

John Steinbeck, The Red Pony

Baroque master Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), who painted for kings and queens, may have lived centuries before American author John Steinbeck (1902-1968), but they seem to both share a fascination with horses.  Whether expressed in Rubens’s striking equestrian study above or in Steinbeck’s moving account of a boy’s love for The Red Pony.

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Jun 20

Arts Everyday Living: In Monet’s Footsteps–Sorolla, Spain’s Foremost Impressionist

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IN MONET’S FOOTSTEPS

SOROLLA—SPAIN’S FOREMOST IMPRESSIONIST

 

 

 

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Joaquin Sorolla, Maria on the Beach at Biarritz, detail, 1906, oil on canvas, Sorolla Museum, Madrid Spain

 

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I hate darkness.  Claude Monet once said that painting in general did not have enough light in it.  I agree with him.  We painters, however,  can never reproduce sunlight as it really is. I can only approach the truth of it.

Joaquin Sorolla, Eight Essays on Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida.

Although Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) painted in a variety of styles, his Impressionist works created during several summers of the early 20th century are often considered representative of the peak years of his career.

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