Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Peacocks Revisited

Belt Buckle,late 19th early 20th c. by Eugene-Samuel Grasset, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, Smithsonian Institution, New York.

Best known as an Art Nouveau graphic artist of posters, Grasset also designed fabric and jewelry using the fluid lines and forms of the movement.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Devil Dog

Ties with Devil, 1990 by William Wegman, various collections.

Wegman has been collaborating with his dogs for over thirty years to create videos, photographs, movies for adults and children. His children's books cast his dogs as the main characters and re-tell such famous stories as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and he creates orignal characters for them, as well.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Peaceful Stroll

Summer Evening on the Southern Beach by Peter Severin Kroyer, Skagens Museum, Skagen.

Studying the effects of light and atmosphere Kroyer captures a stroll along the beach and keeps it simple yet beautiful. Kroyer led a colony of artists in Skagans for a while. A stong influence early in his career was the Spanish court artist Diego Velazquez.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Weeping Woman, 1937 by Pablo Picasso, Tate Gallery, London.

Picasso did a series of "Weeping Women" where their faces and emotions are broken-up by grief and the cubist style of creating an image out of a series of planes.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud, National Gallery of Art

Thiebaud came to prominence during the Pop Art years of the 1950's & 1960's. His work has remained an important force in American art. A retrospective exhibition was presented in 2000.

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Aphrodite Goddess of Love

A Visit to the Gallery by Pier Celestino Gilardi, The University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Aphrodite (or Venus) has been the subject of artwork for centuries. Check out Worshipping Aphrodite: Art and Cult in Classical Athens to read about her earliest representations. This late 19th century painting concentrates on the clothing and the decor that surrounds the "Aphrodites" of their day.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Happy Mother's Day - Yesterday.

The Cradle, 1872 by Berthe Morisot, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Morisot was the great-granddaughter of Jean-Honore Fragonard and studied art under her bother-in-law Edouard Manet and later Pierre Auguste Renoir. She exhibited at almost all of the Impressionist exhibitions.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gothic Here Too

Stone City Iowa by Grant Wood, Joslyn Art Museum

Stone City is near Wood's childhood home Anamosa. They hold an art festival in Stone City every summer in honor of one of the state's favorite sons. Wood helped to found the Stone City Art Colony there in 1932

Monday, May 08, 2006

Family Ties

Virginia, Emmett, and Jessie, 1989 by Sally Mann from Immediate Family.

Sally Mann creates beautiful photographs using a large-scale camera and old processes. Her work is a studied glimpse at her life, nature, and the lives of others; a look at the way she processes her world. She has dealt with controversy for showing us her children as they freely live their lives, but looking intimately into her world is a privilege.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Whose god?

Medusa or Gorgon, 1st Century A.D., From the Temple of Sulis Minerva at the Roman Bath in Bath, England.

This representation of the Gorgon Medusa was part of the pediment decoration from the Temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath. Sulis Minerva was a goddess of healing and the sulfur infused waters found at Bath were thought to have healing powers. Usually Medusa is depicted as a woman and this representation looks more like a man which makes it seem that it may be a mis-attribution and that this representation might actually be of a river god from local folklore.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Turn Around

Betty, 1988 by Gerhard Richter, St. Louis Art Museum (copyright Gerhard Richter).

What looks to be a photograph is actually a painting of the artist's daughter. It cannot be considered a true portrait when it is of the back of the subject but he lovingly portrays the his subject. His style has varied a lot over the years from photo-realistic paintings like to the very abstract.
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