In The Artist at Work, George Copeland Ault (1891-1948) reveals to us the studio where he painted his original works, with a clarity of color and light as well as precision of detail. What do you think of where the artist has placed himself in this unique self portrait? Are other objects more prominent?
Have you heard of American artist George Copeland Ault? Although born in Ohio in 1891, Ault was raised in England where he received his initial art training. Returning to the United States at 20, Ault mainly lived in New York, first in the city but later moving to the countryside of Woodstock where he created […]
Russian artist Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927) considered daughter Irina his star model, painting her from infancy. Here she poses on the porch of a Swiss clinic where her father was recovering from a serious illness. Kustodiev skillfully balances the petite figure of Irina, with the massive mountain range extending behind her. Belgian Leon Frederic (1856-1940) […]
French-Swiss artist Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) is enjoying a higher profile in recent years with exhibitions in major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Royal Academy of Arts. He is a master of many themes and subjects including his enduring floral arrangements.
Romance was often a theme of British artist Marcus Stone (1840-1921), evident here in the emotional rendition of a young woman overcome by the power of love.
Austro-Hungarian artist Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887) was renowned as one of the great portraitists of his time, creating some 1000 works of art, distinguished by an almost photographic realism.
Dutch icon Vincent van Gogh (1853-2890) created Undergrowth with Two Figures during the last month of his life when he was living at Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris. Note the strong vertical thrust of the painting, evident in what Vincent described to his brother Theo as “trunks of violet poplars” that almost camouflage the tall slender forms of […]
Canadian Frank Johnston (1888-1949), like the other members of the artistic Group of Seven, was deeply connected to the environment of his vast country, reflected in this extraordinary multi-colored rendering of the woods at sunset.
Polish-Armenian Teodor Axentowicz (1859-1938) and Frenchman Odilon Redon (1840-1916) both understood the often colorful and brilliant effects of pastel whether the lyrical portrait of the romantic young woman above or the otherworldly quality of the ocean’s treasure, a seashell.
Russian-German-Swiss artist Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) uses the colorful and energetic Expressionist style to recreate a crisp autumn landscape, filled with a long, curving line of schoolchildren followed by their protective teacher.