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Arts Everyday Living: Artistry of Parisian Hats—Perfect for Riding or for Walks by the Sea

  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.    

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Arts Everyday Living: Pissarro, the Loyal Impressionist—Views of Normandy & Paris at Night

      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 […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Music Lesson-A Young Girl, A Turkish Instrument & Oriental Costumes

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 […]

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