American artists Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938) both spent most of their careers in France, where they established a reputation for their moving interpretations of the mother and child theme. Yet, as you can see, their approaches differed: Cassatt depicted middle and upper class subjects, utilizing an impressionistic style, while Nourse was […]
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Reposted blog. MEMORY OF MOTHER’S DAY THROUGH THE EYES OF MARY CASSATT Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda Both American Impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and British author Mary Anne Evans, professionally known as George Eliot (1819-1880), advanced the role as well as the scope […]
IN LOVE WITH IMPRESSIONISM Winter is almost here in the northern hemisphere so why not escape into the always inviting world of Impressionism. For this Art Circle blog, the Impressionists will be featured including the members of the revolutionary group who held their first of eight exhibitions in Paris, beginning in 1874. Among the […]
Both Polish artist Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz (1857-1893) and Swedish artist Elizabeth Keyser (1851-1898) have mastered the art of self portraiture, with an emphasis on the tools of their creativity. Each woman was about 30 at the time, both living in the artistic epicenter of Paris where they could further their careers.
In the middle of World War II, American icon Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), created four paintings inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms State of the Union Address given in 1941 (and quoted below). These works debuted on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in early 1943, as part of the artist’s patriotic contribution to the […]
British artist George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) was an ingenious portraitist, creating riveting images of his subjects—from the almost super-realistic style of the unidentified sitter of The Orange Dress to the more expressive rendering of modern dancer Clotilda von Derp.
VICTORIAN GODDESSES IN ART FOR THE LOVE OF OPHELIA Victorian artists, like Arthur Hughes (1832-1915), were often drawn to the character of Ophelia, the tragic love of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In Hughes’ 1863 Ophelia (And He Will Not Come Back), though, his emphasis is on her elegance and beauty—contrasting to his Pre-Raphaelite contemporary John Everett Millais’s […]
Finnish artists Eero Jarnefelt (1863-1937) and Hugo Simberg (1873-1917) were part of a major creative period in their country’s artistic development. Both were moved by the often stunning landscape of Finland’s lake regions, transformed by changing weather and times of day.
……There comes a festival season, When nature is all aglow— Aglow with mystical splendor That rivals the brightness of spring….. Emeline P. Smith, Excerpt from Indian Summer* The style of American artist Maurice Pendergast (1858-1924) is often marked by vibrant colors and impressionistic forms. Information about Emeline P. Smith is not available. *Journal of Education for Upper […]
French Impressionist icon Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) created a multitude of flower still lifes during his long career. However, Basket of Flowers is one of his most sumptuous bouquets, overflowing with a variety of fleurs, particularly rich in color.