Author Archive | Joan Hart

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Arts Everyday Living: Have You Heard of This Artist? French Portraitist Jacques-Emile Blanche

    Have you heard of French artist Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942)?  He was a renowned portraitist, receiving commissions to immortalize  a host of famous figures including writers James Joyce and Marcel Proust as well as painters Edgar Degas and John Singer Sargent. Many of his subjects were women, whether successful French pianist Marie-Leontine Bordes-Pene above […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Paris at Night–From Cafe Corners to the Seine in Moonlight

      I love the night passionately. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)     He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.  Nothing is more fantastic.  Nothing is more tragic.  Nothing is more sublime. Victor Hugo (1802-1885)     Night came on, the lamps were lighted, the tables near him found occupants, and Paris […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a French Impressionist--In the Heart of Paris

Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a French Impressionist–In the Heart of Paris

  THROUGH THE EYES OF A FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST  IN THE HEART OF PARIS   French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) was a born Parisian, spending his entire life within its environment, especially drawn to its streets and boulevards.   London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation. G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)   You’re no true Parisian, you […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Bonds of Family Through Artists’ Eyes–Portraits of Sisters

      Both American master Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921) and Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905) painted the subject of siblings in the same year of 1884.  The Sisters above by Thayer have been identified as Bessie (in front) and Clara Stillman (behind)  in one of his most acclaimed portraits, while below Edelfelt enables the […]

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Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. (76.4 x 122.2 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.7

Arts Everyday Living: American Sunsets in Art—From California Mountains to the Maine Coast

  Two American artists William Keith (1838-1911) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910) were contemporaries, who interpreted the vast landscapes of the United States, but on opposite sides of the continent.  Keith, originally from Scotland, eventually settled in California where he painted the fiery sky of Mount Diablo at sunset, while Homer concentrated on the Maine coast […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Optical Illusion-Take Your Pick of Books, Letters, & Newspapers

  American artist John Frederick Peto (1854-1907) was a specialist in trompe-l’oeil  (“deceived eye”), basically causing the viewer to mistake painted objects for reality.  He often focused on books, letters, and newspapers recreating them with a variety of colors and textures arranged in creative, at times, unpredictable designs.    

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Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh & Nostradamus---Two Visionaries, the Art of Prophecy?

Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh & Nostradamus—Two Visionaries, the Art of Prophecy?

      Will the future bring your wisdom to me? Or will darkness rule the kingdom for all eternity? Nostradamus     The 16th century seer Nostradamus (1503-1566), renowned for his prophecies, and Dutch iconic artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) have a fascinating connection. Both lived in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, today a town of almost 10,000 […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Immortality of Women–Portraits of Italian Renaissance Rulers

  Italian artists Titian (1488/1490-1576) and Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) were prolific portraitists, both of them favored by the powerful dynasties of the Italian Renaissance. For instance, Bronzino was the court painter of the Medici family, leaders of Florence for centuries. One of his most striking subjects was Eleanor of Toledo (1522-1562), the consort of Cosimo de’Medici, […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Waterlilies Paradise—Through the Eyes of Monet and a Talented Follower

  French impressionist icon Claude Monet (1840-1926) is identified with waterlilies, building his own floral paradise at his home in Giverny, today a major tourist destination.  He created some 250 interpretations like Waterlilies, Reflections of Tall Grass above, ranging in scope, from standard sized canvases to the huge murals at Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. Fellow […]

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