Have you heard of French artist Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942)? He was a renowned portraitist, receiving commissions to immortalize a host of famous figures including writers James Joyce and Marcel Proust as well as painters Edgar Degas and John Singer Sargent. Many of his subjects were women, whether successful French pianist Marie-Leontine Bordes-Pene above […]
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I love the night passionately. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime. Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Night came on, the lamps were lighted, the tables near him found occupants, and Paris […]
French masters Georges de la Tour (1593-1652) and Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) may have been separated by a few centuries, but both were intrigued by the game of cards. In The Cheat with the Ace of Cards above, for instance, the outcome will be negative for the gullible youth on our right, while The Poker Game may be reflecting […]
French artist Albert Marquet (1875-1945), along with his colleague Henri Matisse (1869-1954), liberated color in the early twentieth century, often using it in an expressive way. By the 1930s, when Marquet created the paintings featured here, he captured the intense sunlit tones of the beaches of western France, peopled with tourists […]
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 […]
French artist Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) was a pioneer in marine themes, especially beach scenes, full of tourists enjoying the ocean air along the coast of Normandy. He also inspired the young Monet (1840-1926) to embark on a career of outdoor painting, full of color and light, that would lead to what is now […]
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 […]
Venice has always been a magical city for artists. Both French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and American Post-Impressionist Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924) utilized color in particular to recreate its monumental buildings and multiple bridges. For instance, Prendergast’s Ponte della Paglia vibrates with rich patterns of stain glass-like tones while Renoir’s Venice (Doge’s Palace) is defined by the luminous light […]
The sea is an eternal inspiration, from French Early Modernist Pierre Bonnatd’s use of jewel-like colors in The Beach to Australian Elioth Gruner’s brilliantly lighted Tamarama Beach to German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich’s mysterious nocturne Seascape by Moonlight.
French artists Antoine Vallon (1833-1900) and Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) were both drawn to the sphere of the kitchen, whether the almost meticulous depiction of The Cook above or the mound of butter below sculpted with thick, expressive brushstrokes.