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Arts Everyday Living: A Strange & Puzzling Degas—Why is the Curtain Coming Down?

French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is the supreme artist of the ballet, creating countless works of dancers performing on the stage, symbols of beauty and graces. However, the work of art above offers us a rather unusual view of the curtain, actually descending on the ballerinas. What you think of this interpretation of the world of […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Renoir & John Singer Sargent–Umbrellas of Paris & the Countryside

  French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) decided to make umbrellas the theme of the work of art above, set among a Parisian crowd in the rain–a lively group of all ages. Do any of the figures particularly attract your eye? American John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) focuses on just two subjects, artists Wilfrid de Glehn (1870-1951) […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a French Impressionist--In the Heart of Paris

Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a French Impressionist–In the Heart of Paris

  THROUGH THE EYES OF A FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST  IN THE HEART OF PARIS   French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) was a born Parisian, spending his entire life within its environment, especially drawn to its streets and boulevards.   London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation. G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)   You’re no true Parisian, you […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Waterlilies Paradise—Through the Eyes of Monet and a Talented Follower

  French impressionist icon Claude Monet (1840-1926) is identified with waterlilies, building his own floral paradise at his home in Giverny, today a major tourist destination.  He created some 250 interpretations like Waterlilies, Reflections of Tall Grass above, ranging in scope, from standard sized canvases to the huge murals at Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. Fellow […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Pissarro, the Loyal Impressionist—Views of Normandy & Paris at Night

      French artists Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was often considered the guiding spirit of the Impressionist group that included Monet, Renoir, and Degas, among others.  He was the only member who participated in all 8 of their exhibitions (1874-1886), demonstrating his support of their innovative style.  The two works presented in this blog were […]

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Arts Everyday Living: The Brilliance of Pastel–Parisian Night Spot, Cassatt Girl, Handsome Model

  Frenchman Henri Gervex (1852-1929), American Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), and Swiss Jeanne-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789) all understood how pastel could be utilized to attain intensity of color, naturalistic form, and a luminous lighting. Gervex often captured Parisian nightlife while Cassatt and Liotard were brilliant portraitists.    

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