British artist George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) was an ingenious portraitist, creating riveting images of his subjects—from the almost super-realistic style of the unidentified sitter of The Orange Dress to the more expressive rendering of modern dancer Clotilda von Derp.
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 […]
Finnish artists Eero Jarnefelt (1863-1937) and Hugo Simberg (1873-1917) were part of a major creative period in their country’s artistic development. Both were moved by the often stunning landscape of Finland’s lake regions, transformed by changing weather and times of day.
……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 […]
French Impressionist icon Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) created a multitude of flower still lifes during his long career. However, Basket of Flowers is one of his most sumptuous bouquets, overflowing with a variety of fleurs, particularly rich in color.
Finnish artist Adolph von Becker (1831-1909) regularly depicted scenes of domestic life that often appealed to his viewers including this trio of feline companions.
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 […]
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 […]
Dutch iconic artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) spent about two years in Paris, where these two works of art were created, now together again in the esteemed collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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 […]