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 […]
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Although Dutch artist Paulus Potter (1625-1654) died prematurely at 28, he produced a rich body of work, specializing in animals. His two portraits featured in this blog, represent the nobility and beauty of the eternal horse.
Longing for a nap? The three artists featured here each take a creative approach. For instance Danish painter Wenzel Tornoe (1844-1907) depicts an unguarded (if cramped) moment in the working life of a seamstress on Whitsunday (Pentacost) morning, while the woman portrayed by French master Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) has the luxury of stretching out […]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEONARDO–THE SPIRIT OF MONA LISA, FROM VERMEER TO KLIMT The anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday’s was Thursday, April 15, 1452. A true Renaissance man, one of the great geniuses of history: a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist. And creator of the most famous painting in the world: the Mona […]
The theme of a woman in profile is universal in art. For instance, Canadian artist Tom Thomson (1877-1917) immortalized Laura, sitting against the wilderness landscape of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park in Central Ontario. While Dutch master Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) has posed his model Adeline Ravoux in a more traditional interior, probably a […]
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 […]
Around the same time, Dutch Golden Age master Rembrandt (1606-1669) and French Baroque artist Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) each created individual interpretations of the new born Jesus and his mother Mary. The use of contrasting light and shadow was popular during this period as a way to both define the figures overall as […]
Dutch master Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was inspired by the world around him, even scenes like the factory portrayed above, located in the northern suburbs of Paris. Yet, his use of rich colors and expressive brushstrokes offers us a unique perspectives of the changing industrial environment of the late 19th century. Van Gogh lived […]
I’m working on another sower. Immense yellow disc for the sun. Green-yellow sky with pink clouds. The field is violet and the tree Prussian Blue. No 30 canvas. Vincent to brother Theo, Letter, around November 20, 1888 Does this version of Van Gogh’s The Sower correspond to the description in his letter above. Or is he […]
Dutch iconic artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) spent about two years in Paris, where these two works of art were created, now together again in the esteemed collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.