Tuesday, October 25, 2005
American Gothic, 1930 by Grant Wood, Art Institute of Chicago.
The "Gothic" in American Gothic refers to the window in the background of the painting. It is a style seen in gothic churches with the point on the top. The woman is Wood's sister Nan and the man was the town dentist.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters from Los Caprichos, 1799 by Francisco Goya, The Fitzwilliam Museum (and many others).
Los Caprichos was a series of prints Goya produced after he had become quite ill and eventually lost his hearing. It seems he let his imagination run wild and captured all of these unfettered thoughts in this group of etchings.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Gamble House, 1908 by Greene & Greene, Pasadena, CA.
A masterful combination of arts & crafts and Japanese aesthetics, the Gamble House is one of the crowning glories of the movement that preached a return to skilled craftsmanship and creating beautiful, useful objects.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Autumn, early 20th century by Grandma Moses, Copyright © 1984 Grandma Moses Properties Co. , The Bennington Museum, Bennington VT.
The Folk Artist known as Grandma Moses was 80 years old when she was "discovered" by a New York art dealer in 1940. For the next 20 years she painted and became a beloved American figure. She created over 1500 works although she did not begin to paint until in her 70's.