American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was a popular portraitist, commissioned to portray the rich and the famous of his time. However, in the last decades of Sargent’s career, he concentrated on nature, including scenic views of Majorca, off the coast of Spain.
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Reposted blog. TRAVELS WITH JOHN SINGER SARGENT By the early 20th century, when internationally-acclaimed portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) created this outdoor scene, he had tired of producing portraits of the super-rich and royalty in Europe and the United States, preferring to depict family and friends engaged in daily pursuits. […]
Butterflies have always been a source of creativity for artists through the centuries, whether Japanese master Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943), who adapted Western styles in his art or Dutch Golden Age painter Adriaen Coorte (c. 1665-after 1707) who specialized in still lifes.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake…. Henry David Thoreau* Symbolist French artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) is rarely surpassed in his extraordinary representations of flowers. The writings of author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) continue to be relevant in the 21st century, ranging from the environment to politics. *A Week on the Concord […]
Although born in Venice, Italian Impressionist Federico Zandomeneghi (1841-1917) spent most of his artistic career in Paris, where he was influenced by the visionary style of Monet, Renoir, and Degas who became his friend.
Reposted blog. THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES DEGAS & ART OF HAIR COMBING I always urged my contemporaries to look for interest and inspiration in the development and study of drawing but they would not listen. They thought the road to salvation lay by the way of colour. Degas, Fortnightly Review The above image […]
Reposted blog. Zinaida Serebriakova, one of Russia’s first notable women painters, was caught in the middle of the upheaval of World War I and Russian Revolution.. Like Boris Pasternak’s character Dr. Zhivago, she lost not only family members and friends, but her way of life.* However, her self portrait At the Dressing Table was […]
I was able to find little information on Danish artist Carl Frederik Aagaard (1833-1895); landscapes were a favorite subject.
Norwegian artist Harald Sohlberg (1869-1935) created several works of art interpreting the almost mystical quality of the Nordic night during the summer, when daylight never seems to end. For more paintings by Sohlberg, see: Land of the Midnight Sun, May 13, 2020.
Reposted blog. It is 10:00 p.m. and twilight when the atmosphere is tinted blue, almost the same color as the incoming tide. Yet, the two friends converse together as if it were still the middle of the afternoon.* Can we guess what confidence or secret they are sharing? Summer Evening on the Skagen’s […]