British master Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) has immortalized the pets of Queen Victoria, particularly her dogs like smooth-haired Dackel (who lived to be 15). Few artists recreated animals with a combination of realism and a sensitivity for individual personality such as man’s (and woman’s) best friend represented above.
Although Dutch artist Paulus Potter (1625-1654) died prematurely at 28, he produced a rich body of work, specializing in animals. His two portraits featured in this blog, represent the nobility and beauty of the eternal horse.
French artist Albert Marquet (1875-1945), along with his colleague Henri Matisse (1869-1954), liberated color in the early twentieth century, often using it in an expressive way. By the 1930s, when Marquet created the paintings featured here, he captured the intense sunlit tones of the beaches of western France, peopled with tourists […]
French artists Emile Bernard (1868-1941) and Pascal Dagnan Bouveret (1852-1929) might have been contemporaries, but their creative interpretations of the peasants of the coastal region of Brittany certainly were based on different visions. Emile Bernard was also a friend and colleague of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Boston artist William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941) were both masters of fashion in the early 20th century, with a special love of depicting vivid colors, decorative patterns, and rich textures.
Longing for a nap? The three artists featured here each take a creative approach. For instance Danish painter Wenzel Tornoe (1844-1907) depicts an unguarded (if cramped) moment in the working life of a seamstress on Whitsunday (Pentacost) morning, while the woman portrayed by French master Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) has the luxury of stretching out […]
French artist Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) was a pioneer in marine themes, especially beach scenes, full of tourists enjoying the ocean air along the coast of Normandy. He also inspired the young Monet (1840-1926) to embark on a career of outdoor painting, full of color and light, that would lead to what is now […]
How can we resist the portrait of a child, no matter what the time or period of history. Yet each artist creates his own interpretation: from the moving portrayal of peasant siblings by French academic painter William Bouguereau (1825-1905) to the rather intriguing relationship of the trio of sisters by British master John Everett […]
WORLD OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS—A WOMAN WITH A PARASOL Take a stroll with the Impressionists and their visions of women: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919); John Singer Sargent (1856-1925);* and Claude Monet (1840-1926). Her little Parasol to lift And once to let it down Her whole Responsibility— To imitate be Mine.** Emily Dickinson […]
Both American artists Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Frederick Judd Waugh (1861-1940) were drawn to tropical locales such as Florida and Barbados, taking us from a stormy wind-tossed coast to the depths of a swamp with exotic birds.