Tuesday, June 28, 2005

More Blue and White

Blue and White, 1896 by Louise Jopling, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, England.

During the Victorian period it became quite fashionable to collect blue and white porcelain from China, The Netherlands and eventually from England when the potteries there began to produce it. People would have entire rooms devoted to displaying their large collections.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Blue and White Vases

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882 by John Singer Sargent, MFA Boston.

Sargent's portraits of children are among his most expressive. It must have been nice for him to work with subjects who would have probably been less vain than the adults (although I am sure a few of them were looking over his shoulder).

Friday, June 24, 2005

Colored Glass

Still Life, c. 1992 watercolor by Michael J. Weber.

Lovely realistic watercolor full of color and familiar objects.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Same Place, Different Day.

Houses of Parliament, London, 1905 by Claude Monet, Musee Marmottan, Paris.

Another of Monet's views of Parliament. His goal was to paint the same thing in different light, which in turn would make a different impression.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Foggy Impressions

Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog, 1904 by Claude Monet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Monet, like Turner recorded the London Parliament buildings but his was a study of the same building at different times of the day.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Recording Disaster

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 1834 by JWM Turner, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A huge event that the whole city turned out to see, Turner recorded the fire at Parliament at different times of the fire and from different vantage points.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Another Take

Dark Prison After Piranesi, c.1790 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Turner is the most famous and prolific British painter of the 19th Century. His watercolors and oils record the buildings an events of his world. He also traveled throughout Europe and the British isles where he recorded what he saw.
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