Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is considered one of the pioneers of modern art—his art defined as abstract, often without a recognizable subject. However in By the Sea, an early work, viewers can still discern the sea, the beach, and sky, depicted in broad areas of color and form. You might want to compare the more […]
Reposted blog. Colour expresses something by itself……. Vincent van Gogh’s passages on color in his letters to his brother Theo and other correspondents, not only complement some of his greatest paintings, but are sometimes works of art in themselves. He was very knowledgeable about color theory and studied the subject intensively. Here is just […]
French artist Eugene Petit (1839-1886) often interpreted bouquets of flowers with unusual sensitivity and feeling, apparent in the delicate arrangement of wildflowers above. Dutch icon Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) also created his own version of the same subject, utilizing vibrant colors and energetic brushstrokes.
Reposted blog. MOUNTAIN FLOWERS, ALPINE BLOSSOMS THROUGH A WOMAN ARTIST’S EYES The lovely flowers embarrass me, They make me regret I am not a bee- Emily Dickinson Alpenblumen or Alpine Flowers by Austrian painter Anna Stainer Knittel (1841-1915) expresses her love of the flowers of the mountain region where she was born and lived. Knittel had […]
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! THE ART OF FIREWORKS! 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 […]
Here’s a trio of women artists who may not be that well known but have left posterity with three memorable self-portraits, starting with German painter Louise Hollandine, (1622-1709) who was also a princess as well as an abbess. Ludovike Simanowiz (1759-1827) was also a German painter, specializing in portraits. She had an eventful […]
Reposted blog. Do you believe in seances? Or that an artist can be inspired by her “spiritual guides” to create a succession of abstract compositions like Untitled #1 (part of Altar Paintings series). Just over a century ago, Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) utilized her experience as a medium to express […]
Here’s another mini-gallery of paintings of a favorite theme for our Art Circle. For gardens have inspired numerous artists especially Impressionists, whether from France such as Renoir and Monet or the United States such as Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent. So enjoy an extended walk through these visionary works of summer! […]
French portraitist Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752), the son and grandson of artists, was recognized for his portrayals of 18th century aristocratic society. Note how he creates the illusion that his subject is leaning on a windowsill.
Reposted blog. Is The Lady with a Veil, at the Nationalmuseum in Stockhholm, an 18th century version of the Mona Lisa? Although her smile appears broader and her gaze more direct, even with one eye nearly covered by her satin cape. She’s dressed for carnival Italian style, a combination of festival and masquerade, where […]