French Symbolist Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola (1871-1950) was best known for his pastels, particularly of dream-like figures created from his imagination. I have been unable to find any writings on this mysterious and beautiful girl.
British artist John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) based the majority of his works of art on Greek and Roman mythology as well as Arthurian legends. For example, Waterhouse illustrates the story of Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Forbidden to marry her lover Pyramus, she can only communicate with him through a crack in a wall.
JOHN SINGER SARGENT & THE ART OF FASHION American John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the portrait painter of the “rich and famous” of the Gilded Age, including members of royalty as well as millionaires (and their families). Few artists can rival Sargent’s flare for fashion, utilizing his creative skills to capture a […]
French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), like his colleague and friend Claude Monet (1840-1926), lived along the Seine in the Argenteuil area, where he painted these two works. Besides being a remarkable artist, Caillebotte was also one of France’s leading yachtman.
French master Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) was an influential member of the Impressionists, creating a variety of subjects, including this delicately rendered floral still life of colorful lilacs and peonies.
In spire of being mainly self-taught, French artist Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942) became a successful portraitist—his commissions included Marcel Proust, Edgar Degas, and James Joyce. However, he was also an expert at depicting fashionable hats whether the petite chapeau of Mademoiselle Meuriot above or the wide-brimmed bonnet of the unknown woman below.
French artists Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was often considered the guiding spirit of the Impressionist group that included Monet, Renoir, and Degas, among others. He was the only member who participated in all 8 of their exhibitions (1874-1886), demonstrating his support of their innovative style. The two works presented in this blog were […]
British artist Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896) enjoyed considerable fame during his career, although his realistic, academic style was no longer appreciated in the decades after his death. However, his works of art are experiencing a revival today such as the moving Music Lesson above. The student on our right is identified as Connie Gilchrist, who later […]
Franco-German artist Philippe Mercier (1689-1760) spent most of his career in England—among his clients were the Prince and Princess of Wales. He also depicted scenes of music such as the concert above featuring a lively, multi-generational group of players and their instruments including a harpsichord, violin, cello, and flute.
French artist Carolus Duran (1837-1917) was an insightful portraitist not only of human subjects but of Chinois the dog below. I could only find the dates of Wilhelm Grabhein (1859-1930) who has portrayed the soulful cat above.