British artist John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) based the majority of his works of art on Greek and Roman mythology as well as Arthurian legends. For example, Waterhouse illustrates the story of Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Forbidden to marry her lover Pyramus, she can only communicate with him through a crack in a wall.
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British artist Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896) enjoyed considerable fame during his career, although his realistic, academic style was no longer appreciated in the decades after his death. However, his works of art are experiencing a revival today such as the moving Music Lesson above. The student on our right is identified as Connie Gilchrist, who later […]
Franco-German artist Philippe Mercier (1689-1760) spent most of his career in England—among his clients were the Prince and Princess of Wales. He also depicted scenes of music such as the concert above featuring a lively, multi-generational group of players and their instruments including a harpsichord, violin, cello, and flute.
British artist Rex Whistler (1905-1944) was a versatile figure in the art world as a painter, designer, and illustrator. Throughout his career, he produced several self-portraits including his depiction of himself as a member of the Welsh Guard during World War II. Whistler was trained as a tank commander, tragically killed in action in Normandy […]
Right now where I live in the Washington, D.C. area, the cicadas have come to visit us, waiting 17 years to make their appearance. For more than a week, whether I am inside our outside, I haven’t been able to escape their unrelenting sound. Vincent van Gogh wrote of his own audial experience of […]
British master Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) has immortalized the pets of Queen Victoria, particularly her dogs like smooth-haired Dackel (who lived to be 15). Few artists recreated animals with a combination of realism and a sensitivity for individual personality such as man’s (and woman’s) best friend represented above.
How can we resist the portrait of a child, no matter what the time or period of history. Yet each artist creates his own interpretation: from the moving portrayal of peasant siblings by French academic painter William Bouguereau (1825-1905) to the rather intriguing relationship of the trio of sisters by British master John Everett […]
Often portraits are timeless—the sitters may be separated by centuries, yet they are connected by their humanity—and in these two cases, an enduring beauty. Both works of art are created by British artists, renowned for their skill as portraitists. Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), for instance, is considered one of the major painters […]
British artist George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) was an accomplished portraitist, immortalizing his sitters with a remarkable realism, evident here in his depictions of his daughter Mary. In The Saddler’s Daughter, she is about 10, proudly representing her father who was a member of the Saddler’s Company, and below she is a more serious teenager […]
THE ART OF VALENTINE’S DAY—IN LOVE WITH LOVE! Ah l’amour!!! Here’s a special holiday Art Circle to celebrate the joy, the passion, and endurance of love, both visually and in writing. The featured artists constitute an international cast: Austrian Gustav Klimt (1862-1918); Frenchmen Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Carolus-Duran (1837-1917) and Rene-Xavier […]