I’m reposting a blog from the summer I traveled to Giverny—a perfect escape to the artistic domain created by Monet. REMEMBERING GIVERNY CHASING MONET’S DREAM I am chasing a dream. I want the unattainable. Other artists paint a bridge, a house, a boat; and that’s the end. They’ve finished. I want […]
Reposted blog. An affectation which artists, art-lovers and persons of taste have been united in condemning, and which finds no precedent among the Ancients, is that in SMILING Madame Vigee-Le Brun shows her teeth.* Memoires Secrets, 1787, court scandal sheet Although French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun’s glamorous self portrait of 1782 shown […]
Would you like to join our ART CIRCLE virtually via this blog? Usually I lead a participatory art series in the local community and one of our most popular sessions focuses on landscapes created by a variety of artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, John Constable, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh. We explore their often panoramic […]
Russian artist Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov (1876-1945) often created incredibly rich and varied bouquets of flowers; his personal life was difficult, having to flee his native country because of the Russian Revolution and was trapped in Nazi Germany during World War II.
Reposted blog. INSIDE RUSSIAN ART PRINCE ANDREI’S TREE …Neither gnarled fingers nor old scars nor old doubts and sorrows were any of them in evidence. Through the hard century-old bark, even where there were no twigs, leaves had sprouted such as one could hardly believe the old veteran could have produced…. “Yes it […]
Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526/1527-1593) was a court painter for Holy Roman Emperors Ferdinand and Rudolf II centuries ago. However, today he is best known for his unique and often startling anthropomorphic images–creative combinations of humans with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other objects.
Reposted blog. THE ART OF READING A LINK TO DALI? Would you like to make the acquaintance of The Librarian or Wolfgang Lazius, director of the Imperial library circa 1562? Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s quasi-human portrait of this prominent bibliophile and scholar is constructed of printed treasures: the hair literally an open book, topping a […]
Norwegian artist Harald Sohlberg (1869-1935) expressed his close relationship with nature through landscapes of his native country, creating some remarkable and poetic interpretations of the night.
Reposted blog. “FLOATING WORLD” OF JAPAN A STARRY NIGHT Night is a world lit by itself. Antonio Porchia* Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) ranks with Hokusai as a master portrayer of the ukiyo-e or “floating world,” scenes of Japanese everyday life in the 18th and 19th century; the work above is included […]
Reposted blog. Norwegian artistic legend Edvard Munch (1863-1944) devoted his career to The Frieze of Life, a series of paintings that included the haunting The Voice: Summer Night and the iconic The Scream.