French artist Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942) was a popular portraitist of the rich, famous, and above all, the talented, from John Singer Sargent to Edgar Degas to James Joyce. The subject above was just 18 when the portrait was completed. Although Olga was officially born to an Italian nobleman, her real father might have been […]
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Polish artist Stanislaw Wyspianski (1869-1907) was a a respected master of multi-art forms including visual art, poetry, playwriting, and design in his country. His portraits are particularly striking, each one unique in its colors and composition as well as overall feeling.
Art history is full of women artists who may not be as well known as they deserve. Among them are British artist Helena Arsene Darmesteter (1854-1923) who recreates the popular theme of mirror reflections above, while Welsh painter and writer Nina Hamnett (1890-1956) is immortalized with the symbols of her creativity below by UK colleague […]
Sara was a frequent model of American Impressionist Mary Cassatt (1845-1926), who specialized in portraying children. In this portrait, Sara is particularly appealing. But is her fancy bonnet rather large for her?
Few artists can rival the depth and humanity of Russian portraitist Valentin Serov (1865-1911) who is considered one of his country’s great artistic masters. His subjects were often prominent: from the Romanov family including Czar Nicholas II to members of the aristocracy to leading figures in the arts. However perhaps his most moving portrayals […]
Austrian artist Johann Baptist Reiter (1813-1890) was a versatile painter, whether capturing the luxuriant beauty of geraniums to the curiosity of a young boy in the act of reading to his own compelling self-portrait.
Although Russian artist Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927) was well traveled, he always returned to his native country. One of his strengths was portraiture, Here he depicts two very different subjects, the rather soulful Countess Grabowska above and his engaging daughter Irina, a favorite subject.
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 […]
American artist Alice Kent Stoddard (1883-1976) spent most of her career in Philadelphia, establishing a solid reputation as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and sea scenes. Her distinctive and expressive brushstrokes are evident in Stoddard’s depictions of fellow artist Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones (1885-1968) and Fisherman’s Little Sister, as well as Monhegan Island, Harbor Looking Toward Manana, a view […]
JOHN SINGER SARGENT & THE ART OF FASHION American John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the portrait painter of the “rich and famous” of the Gilded Age, including members of royalty as well as millionaires (and their families). Few artists can rival Sargent’s flare for fashion, utilizing his creative skills to capture a […]