Through an Artist's Eyes:  Matisse in My Backyard

Through an Artist’s Eyes: Matisse in My Backyard

I discovered Matisse in the backyard the other morning—in my hanging planter of geraniums. I’ve been nurturing them since June and now they are blossoming, another cluster of buds opening every day. You may enhance some of the images by clicking on them. They are a brilliant pink, a color the French modern master Henri […]

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Canaletto, Entrance to the Grand Canal, Looking West, about 1729, MFA, Houston

The Art of Travel: Venice, Through an Artist’s Eyes

Have you discovered the art of travel?  The creative journey to your choice of destinations through your own  imagination?  A unique tour that requires no ticket, passport or expensive itinerary.  However, you will need a personal guide—in this case, Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto. Canaletto’s name may not be as familiar to you as Renoir […]

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Van Gogh, The Yellow House, 1888

Van Gogh’s Neighborhood: On the Street Where He Lived

Van Gogh is probably the most personal of artists.  He captures aspects of his life as intimate as his worn-out shoes to his favorite chair to the view from his studio.  Vincent also depicts the surrounding environment wherever he resided, whether the streets of Paris or the garden behind his father’s parsonage. What better artist, […]

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