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Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Optical Illusion—Books, Books, and More Books!

William Harnett, Still Life with Dutch Jar and Bust of Dante, 1884, oil on wood panel, Worcester Art Museum, MA


American artists John F. Peto (1857-1907) and William Harnett (1848-1892) were contemporaries and colleagues specializing in tromp l’oeil still lifes of super-realistic objects, creating a sense of optical illusion.


John F. Peto, In the Library, 1900, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

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Arts Everyday Living: Artists Specialists Of Children—Portraits of Sisters and Brothers

  American Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) and Italian Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) were both skilled and successful portrait artists, particularly of children.  Fortunately, we have some information on the young subjects above: Dorothea and Francesca were children of close friends while the two boys below were the children of Ramon Subercaseaux, a Chilean painter as well as […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Escaping Social Distancing—Snow, Glorious, Snow!

    SNOW, GLORIOUS, SNOW   Welcome again to Art Circle! Winter is coming—actually it is almost here in the northern climates and arriving on Monday!  Snow has often been a favorite subject of artists throughout art history, including:  Japanese masters Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Hasui Kawase (1883-1957); French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926); Americans Childe Hassam […]

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