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Arts Everyday Living: Through an Expressionist Artist’s Eyes—A Northern Starry Night?

Reposted blog.   The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. Terri Guillemets   Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was a German Expressionist artist, who like other members of this movement was greatly influenced by Vincent van Gogh.  Does Winter Landscape in Moonlight, which Kirchner created while residing in […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Vincent–A Corner of Eternity

The immortal Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) has combined two types of transportation here: the horse drawn wagon and the coal-burning train.  Moving in opposite directions across the flat plains of Auvers, seeming unaware of each other’s existence. Green dominates the landscape, animated by Vincent’s thick brushstrokes. While orange defines the solid roofs of the white […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh & Sunflowers Forever, I

Published from an earlier date.     VAN GOGH AND SUNFLOWERS FOREVER, PART I  No other artist is so closely identified with a flower, except perhaps Georgia O’Keeffe and the poppy. Other artists have contributed to the sunflower legacy in art.  For instance, Claude Monet’s Bouquet of Sunflowers, done about 1881, predates Vincent’s series by […]

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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: The Haunting of Gauguin

The following blog was first published in April, 2011. Sunflowers?  By Gauguin?  Sunflowers are famously associated with Van Gogh.  However, Vincent’s friend, colleague, and sometimes nemesis, Paul Gauguin, created his own interpretations of the golden floral symbol of southern France where Van Gogh and Gauguin once resided together. Except that Gauguin painted his sunflowers in […]

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George Hendrik Breitner, Girl in a White Kimono, 1894, oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a Dutch Impressionist, Vincent’s Colleague

Solitude and reflection are necessary to give to wishes the force of passions. Mary Wollstonecraft* Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) painted often in the Impressionist style and worked with fellow countryman Vincent van Gogh, early in the latter’s career.  Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a pioneer in supporting women’s rights in the 18th century.  Her […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Portrait of a Doomed Artist—Klimt’s Style, Van Gogh’s Fate

Click on the painting to enlarge or enhance it.      BEFORE THE SELFIE: A GALLERY OF SELF PORTRAITS, PART II   Vsevolod Maksymovych, in the remarkable self-portrait below, was only 21 when he committed suicide in 1914, after the unsuccessful showing of his one man exhibition.* HIs work is generally compared to Art Nouveau innovator Aubrey […]

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The Genius of El Greco: A Vision of Spain

Note: click on each image to enlarge the individual work of art. Some 400 years ago, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, universally known as El Greco, created a vision, A View of Toledo, that continues to both enthrall and mystify us in late 2011.   It is a work of art unique in its own time, unmatched in emotional […]

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