Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A Shout Out



An Image from the Hall of Bulls, the Caves at Lascaux, Dordogne,France.

The caves at Lascaux contain some of the earliest known art work to be created by man. They are dated to between 13,000 to 15,000 BC and were discovered in 1940. They were open but carbon dioxide from visitors was damaging the paintings so they were closed in 1963 to preserve them.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

A Clarification

Did I say daily, um I meant week daily - not weekend daily.

Sorry.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Melting Pot



The Golden Rule, 1961 by Norman Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.

Rockwell is often dismissed by "serious" critics because of his popular appeal and because he painted magazine covers. He was a very skilled artist and illustrator deserves at least the consideration given to Maxfield Parrish.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Words



Life Death, Knows Doesn't Know, 1983 by Bruce Nauman, Private Collection.

Neon words flash on and off in this piece. It references the conflicted nature of life. Words have been included in art since the beginning of time.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Sitting



Il Dolce Far Niente, 1866 by William Holman Hunt, Private Collection.

The title can be translated into something akin to the joy of doing nothing. The model who sat for this work eventually became his wife, her name was Fanny Waugh. The original model for this work was a woman named Annie Miller whom Hunt also wanted to marry, but their romance crumbled when she would not stop modeling for other artists.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Sketch



Monkey (study for La Grande Jatte), 1884 by Georges Seurat, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Seurat made hundreds of studies for his painting La Grande Jatte, some just small pencil sketches like this, some on-site oil sketches, and even full large scale drafts.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Florence



Flora, 1894 by Evelyn De Morgan, The De Morgan Foundation, London.

Married to William De Morgan who was associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, Evelyn has also become part of the group of artists who have come to be included in that genre. On the scroll at the bottom right hand corner of the painting is written in Italian (source):

I am Flora who came from Florence
The City which takes its name from flowers
Amongst the flowers I was born and now changing
home I have my dwelling in the mountainous north
Welcome and amid the northern mists
Let my treasure be dear to you.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Kick Up Your Heels



Dance at the Moulin Rouge, 1890 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

Toulouse-Lautrec immersed himself in the world of dance halls, becoming friends with the performers. He saw the upper class men of his birth, visit these lower class venues looking for drink and prostitutes and must have felt that at least his working friends in the venues were the more honest about who they really were.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Clay



Senecio, 1922 by Paul Klee, Kunstmuseum, Basel.

Klee taught at the famous art school the Bauhaus and was eventually labeled as a degenerate by the Nazis after which all of his art was removed from galleries.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Dance Lesson


Dorothea and Francesca, 1898 by Cecelia Beaux, The Art Institute of Chicago.

From Philadelphia, Beaux was a society painter in there and in New York. Her style was similar to the work of the most famous of the portraitists of the era, John Singer Sargent.
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