Friday, June 30, 2006

Black Figure Pottery

Amphora and Lid by Exekias, The Toledo Museum of Art

Exekias was active in the second half of the 6th century BCE. He is well known for his depictions of battle scenes, but also for another of his amphorae which shows Ajax and Achilles playing a board game.

There is a great Athenian vase exhibition at the Getty Villa right now - check out their website.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Buried Treasure

Container with Lion on Lid, 18th Dynasty Tomb of Tutankhamen, Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The treasure of the "boy-king" is making it's way around the country again. I saw it the last time it came through in the 1970's - it is amazing and worth the ticket price which is still less than most events.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


An Experiment on a Bird in the Airpump, 1768 by Joseph Wright of Derby, The National Gallery of Art, London.

Wright of Derby studied under Sir Joshua Reynolds however his work is more experimental as he was fascinated with light and painting the effects of light and darkness. This work even features the moonlight so it is a combination of artificial and natural light.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Controlled Chaos

Upward (Empor), 1929 by Vasily Kandinsky, The Guggenheim Museum.

This is one of the more controlled of Kandinsky's work. He used lines and shapes to create an abstract form. There are two shapes that resemble the letter "E" they could refer to the German title of the piece Empor.

Happy Birthday, Lyndon!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fantasic Paradise

Garden of Earthly Delights, c.1504 by Hieronymus Bosch, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

This painting has fascinated art and art history students for years. There is so much going on here and in his depiction of Hell, that one can study it for years and never totally understand it. He is so popular there is even a line of figurines.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Make new friends...

Hi to all my new visitors from Earthlink - thank you for stopping by (thanks to all the regulars too). A lot of you have asked about being on a daily mailing list. I don't have anything like that, but you can subscribe to YDA through a RSS feed. There is a link to one at the lower right side of the page.

Thanks for all your kind words about the site.


Landscape of Steel and Stone

Radiator Building - Night, New York, 1927 by Georgia O'Keeffe, the Alfred Stieglitz Collection Carl van Vechten Gallery of Arts at Fisk University.

O'Keeffe's skyscrapers come from her time in New York. She was an artist whose environment was her inspiration and drove her work.

Monday, June 19, 2006

All That Jazz

The Jazz Bowl, 1931 by Viktor Schreckengost, The Cowan Pottery Museum, Rocky River, OH.

According to many sources the Jazz Bowl is considered one of the earliest examples of the Art Deco style made in America. It was produced by Cowan Pottery as a punch bowl for a client who turned out to be Eleanor Roosevelt.

The National Centennial Exhibition of Schreckengost's work 100 Years in 100 Days is on now.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Lady of Shalott, c. 1872 - 3 by Arthur Hughes, location unknown.

A favorite subject of Victorian painters there are many versions of the Lady.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse, Tate Gallery, London.

The subject is from Tennyson's poem of the same name. Waterhouse was a follower of the Pre-Raphaelites and this can be seen in the style and subject matter of the painting. All around her is the tapestry she has woven of knights and Camelot.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Living in Beauty

The Hill House, south-west perspective, c.1903 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art.

Mackintosh's most famous private residence is Hill House. The style is a combination of Art & Crafts, Art Nouveau and old Scottish manor. It was built for Walter Blackie, a Glasgow publisher. Mackintosh designed the entire thing including furnishings, outbuildings, lawn decorations, lighting, etc.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Luncheon al Fresco

Dejeuner sur l'herbe, 1863 by Edouard Manet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Manet in an attempt to liberate art from the confines of literary and academic subjects by placing contemporary figures outside in the open air. He has become associated with the Impressionists because he began to use the same lighter colors.

Soo points out the simlarity between this scene and Tissot's Holiday featured last Wednesday.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Flower Vendor

Chrysanthemums, c, 1875 by James Tissot, Private collection.

By the time this work was painted Tissot was well established in his career and in work takes a rare look at a common flower vendor rather than the young fashionable women of the increasingly prominent upper-middle class.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

And Your Little Dog Too

Young Lady in a Boat by James Tissot, Private Collection.

Tissot concentrated on popular subjects for his artwork, first young fashionable women and finally the Bible after he found religion. Critics considered his work "fluff" but he did well for himself in Paris and London.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Good Life

Holiday (The Picnic), c. 1876 by James Tissot, Tate Gallery London.

Painted in the backyard of his London home, Tissot's artwork often depicts beautiful women in fashionable clothes and the men who admire them. For a while his work was disregarded as frivolous, but his had a revival as his skill and technique became appreciated once again.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lady of Mystery

Mona Lisa, 1503/06 by Leonardo da Vinci, Musee de Louvre, Paris.

The mystery surrounding one of the most famous paintings in the world stems from the unknown identity of the sitter and the fact that the artist is one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance. Leonardo used a painting technique he created called sfumato.

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