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


Cat and Spider, c.1868 - 1912 by Oide Makoto (Toko), The Metropolitan Museum.

From the Meiji period which began during the end of the feudal period and when Japan was exposed to the modern world. An eclectic mix of the ancient mix of the two worlds.

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


Two Trout in a Stream, c.1830 by Ando Hiroshige, Pacific Asia Museum.

Hiroshige is best known for his woodblock prints, but was also a skilled painter and wrote a book on fish.

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

Game Playing

Knucklebones, c. 1830 -1896 by Frederic, Lord Leighton, Private Collection.

Playing an ancient Greek game called Astragoli, the model looks like she is sleeping rather than playing a game. Leighton's models were often seen lounging in diaphanous gowns.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

A Will to Make Art

Canada's best known Folk Artist is Maud Lewis. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia even has her small house which she decorated with her paintings restored and on display.

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.
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