Thursday, September 29, 2005

Soaked



Madame Matisse, 1983 by Helen Frankenthaler, University Art Museum, University at Albany State University of New York.

Frankenthaler was strongly influenced by Pollock, but took his methodology down a different road when she used raw canvas and began to work with the stains the paint caused as it soaked in.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Horizon



Surrealist Landscape, 1990 - 1996 by George Morrison, The Minneapolis
Institute of Art.

Morrison was born a Chippewa Native American who was then trained in the European/American style at the Art Students League in New York in the 1940's. The same place that turned out Jackson Pollock and many other Abstract Expressionists. His work shows these influences with a reverence for nature combined with a free-form style.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Smooches



The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, Osterreichische Galerie, Vienna.

The most famous artist of the Art Nouveau period is Klimt who sense of decoration and design made his artwork rich and complicated. The two figures seem to emerge from the field of gold, flowers and shapes.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday, September 12, 2005

Wyeth Redux



Portrait of a Pig, 1970 by James Wyeth, The Brandywine River Museum.

Yet another artist in the Wyeth family. James is well known for his portraits although he creates paintings from many different genres.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sepia



The Abbey in the Oakwood, 1809-10 by Casper David Friedrich, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin.

Friedrich's remarkable landscapes in the Romantic style influenced the great landscape artists of the Hudson River School and the Rocky Mountain School. This work was done in sepia.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Repeat



Mistletoe, c. 1882-88 by Charles F.A. Voysey, Fabric Design.

Voysey began designing wallpaper and fabric and later moved on to architecture, as well. His simple style appealed to tastes that were becoming increasingly influenced by the British Arts & Crafts movement.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Mere Coincidence?



El Bobo,1959, Private Collection.

Picasso's references Velasquez's The Buffoon Calabazas in this painting which depicts a man of limited intelligence, but with a carefree abandon found Velasquez's painting does not have. Velasquez also portrays a woman frying eggs. Picasso paid direct homage when he re-created Velasquez's Las Meninas.
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