Flemish master Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was a prolific court portraitist, best known for his memorable depictions of the British royal family: from the doomed Charles I (who would later be deposed and executed) with his wife Queen Henrietta Maria to the couple’s children including the future monarchs Charles II (in the center […]
Flemish Baroque portraitist Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was commissioned by the elite circles of seventeenth century royalty and aristocracy including the striking Marchesa Grimaldi-Cattaneo. She was a member of one of the then ruling families of shipping power Genoa, Italy. Reposted blog.
American artist Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) worked mainly in the first half of the 20th century, applying his knowledge of modern art styles to innovative interpretations of nature such as White Birches above, likely done in his native Maine.
Although American icon Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is often identified with his dramatic seascapes, he also was inspired by the interior of the country. In Autumn, Homer takes us on a pathway in the woods, already transformed by multi-colors of the season. However, who is the elegantly dressed woman holding the equivalent of a bouquet of leaves? […]
Reposted blog. O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow. Make the day seem to us less brief. Hearts not averse to being beguiled, Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day; At noon release another leaf; One […]
Autumn is here but you might want to remember the last roses of summer in these two works of art by Croation Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922) and Frenchman Dominique Hubert Rozier (1840-1901). Bukovac traveled widely, residing and working in Paris as well as Prague in particular; little information is available about Rozier.
Reposted blog. VICTORIAN GODDESSES IN ART THE SOUL OF THE ROSE Women were central to important art movements like the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, whose artists idealized the feminine sex, setting them often against medieval backdrops or lush locales such as the garden in the lyrical The Soul of the Rose by John […]
Danish master Viggo Johansen (1851-1935) was an admired figure of his country’s art establishment in the late 19th century; he also was a member of the Skagen Painters, a colony of artists who portrayed the dramatic coast of Denmark. Johansen demonstrates his skill in portraiture in the unique self portrait with his wife Martha, […]
Reposted blog. A SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN “Considered as a painter of individuality in the human form and mind, I think Reynolds the prince of portrait painters.”* John Ruskin, art critic *Quote of John Ruskin about Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) is from Great Artists: Annotated Guides, Robert Cumming, […]
Although American Impressionist Willard Metcalf (1858-1925) traveled widely (including Monet’s home at Giverny), he returned to his roots in New England in his later career. The theme of landscape was his forte; studying and interpreting the changing seasons, he has portrayed so expressively in Midsummer Shadows and Le Sillon.