Arthur Hughes, Ophelia, 1863, oil on canvas, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Arts Everyday Living: Victorian Goddesses in Art –For the Love of Ophelia

VICTORIAN GODDESSES IN ART FOR THE LOVE OF OPHELIA   Victorian artists, like Arthur Hughes (1832-1915), were often drawn to the character of Ophelia, the tragic love of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  In Hughes’ 1863 Ophelia (And He Will Not Come Back), though, his emphasis is on her elegance and beauty—contrasting to his Pre-Raphaelite contemporary John Everett Millais’s […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Splendor in the Northern Mountains—When Autumn Peaks

……There comes a festival season, When nature is all aglow— Aglow with mystical splendor That rivals the brightness of spring….. Emeline P. Smith, Excerpt from Indian Summer* The style of American artist Maurice Pendergast (1858-1924) is often marked by vibrant colors and impressionistic forms.  Information about Emeline P. Smith is not available. *Journal of Education for Upper […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Scandinavian Master-A Comparison to Andrew Wyeth

  Danish master L.A. Ring (1854-1933) is considered one of his country’s leading artistic figures, renowned for his remarkable realism.  Included among his subjects was his wife Sigrid Kahler, who is portrayed both pregnant, surrounded by the fertility of spring, and in a reflective mood with her husband’s paintings in the background.  While in his […]

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Arts Everyday Living: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Fellow Artist’s Son–Connection to Titanic

American master portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was often the choice of the aristocracy and monied classes of both the United States and Europe.  However, he seemed to have a special affinity for children, especially of colleagues like fellow American artist Francis Davis Millet (1848-1912) whose son Lawrence engages us so directly.  More than 20 […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Journey to the Canadian Wilderness–Brilliant Colors of the Sky & Water

      Canadian artist Tom Thomson (1877-1917) may have lived a short life, dying prematurely in an accident before he was 40, but he left a legacy of brilliant panels and canvases of the dramatic landscape of central Ontario.  His style was distinguished by expressive brushstrokes and penetrating colors, particularly in the two works […]

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