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Arts Everyday Living: Summer is Coming—The Sunlit Beaches of France, Vacationer’s Escape

        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 […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Sleeping—Take a Nap with Van Gogh & Other Artists

  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 […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Inside the Mind of a Child–Sisters, a Brother, and Son of a House Painter

  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 […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The World of the Impressionists—A Woman with a Parasol

    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 […]

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