Monday, April 30, 2007

Following Fashions

Spring Flowers, c. 1889 by William Merritt Chase, Terra Museum of American Art.

Chase considered himself an observer of life and which was a french method he applied to American landscapes and settings. This work also refers to the fashion of Japanese styles adapted in American households.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Beautiful Agony

The Ecstacy of St. Teresa, 1645-1652 by Bernini, Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.

"I saw an angel beside me toward the left side, in bodily form…He was not very large, but small, very beautiful, his face so blazing with light that he seemed to be one of the very highest angels, who appear all on fire. They must be those they call Cherubim…I saw in his hands a long dart of gold, and at the end of the iron there seemed to me to be a little fire. This I thought he thrust through my heart several times, and that it reached my very entrails. As he withdrew it, I thought it brought them with it, and left me all burning with a great love of God. So great was the pain, that it made me give those moans; and so utter the sweetness that this sharpest of pains gave me, that there was no wanting it to stop, nor is there any contenting of the soul with less than God”. (St. Teresa, Life…Chapter 19).

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bloom of Youth

Bindo Altoviti, c. 1515 by Raphael, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Earlier interpretations thought that this work was a self-portrait. It is now generally agreed that it is an early portrait of the prominent Florentine banker, Bindo Altoviti.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Train Crossing

Time Tranfixed, 1938 by René Magritte, Art Institute of Chicago.

The world of dreams that came out of Surrealist paintings is presented by Magritte in a straightforward and clear manner. This allows the viewer to concentrate on the image and what it means rather than looking at the image and spending time figuring out what it is, what it is is immediately evident - so that leaves, what does it mean.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Summer Day

Big Meeting, 1980 by Varnette Honeywood.

Although the two images of Honeywood's work I have depicted here on YDA have revolved around church life, she actually chooses to portray a lot of different types of settings in her artwork.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sick Bed

Friendship by Will Houghton.

Anyone have any information about this artist/illustrator?

I have been under the weather - sorry for the erratic posting.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sweet Dreams

The Nightmare, 1871 by Henry Fuseli, The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Fuseli's depiction of a young woman taken over by an incubus in her sleep. He painted this shortly after a love affair ended. Because she is part of the scene it is sometimes interpreted that this is her lover's "night mare" (the horse charging into the scene) rather than the young women's.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Double Vision

The Sacred Hour, ca. 1907-77 by Ferdinand Hodler, Cincinnati Art Museum.

Early in his career Hodler painted mostly landscapes but as he became exposed to more styles such as symbolism and expressionism. his work became more complex however, near the end he returned to landscapes.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hiding in Plain Sight

The Two Gentleman of Verona Valentine Rescuing Sylvia from Proteus by William Holman Hunt, The City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England.

One of the original Pre-Raphaelites, Hunt takes his subject from a Shakespeare play. The PRB liked to get their subjects from literature and to paint out of doors in natural light. I'm sure the model for Sylvia Elizabeth Siddal, had sore knees.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Common Interests

Mandarin Blue, 1917 by James Roy Hopkins, Cinncinati Art Museum

Hopkins was the head of the Fine Art Department at Ohio State from 1923 - 1948. His wife Edna was a print maker. There is an exhibition of her work coming up at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2008.

Datura, 1910 by Edna Hopkins

Monday, April 09, 2007

Not That There is Anything Wrong with That...

Two Girls Fishing, 1912 by John Singer Sargent, Cinncinati Art Museum.

Sargent frequently choses women as subjects and although he painted many on commission, he also painted them when the work he was doing was for himself. He seems to empower them through the beauty he portrays them with. His personal interests in women are unclear and most of the time it is just said that he was a very private person and left at that.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Provenance Not The Only Thing Unclear

Number 1, 1950 by Jackson Pollock, National Gallery of Art, USA.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding a recent collection of Jackson Pollock's work. Read more about the latest paintings to be attributed to him in the NY Times.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wayside Cross

Joseph and Marie-Louise by Sarah Robertson, National Gallery of Canada.

Sarah Robertson was a Canadian artist and member of the woman's painting group known as the Beaver Hall Group . They were friends and contemporaries of the men's group "The Seven" but never achieved the same level of recognition.

Wayside crosses.

Monday, April 02, 2007

A World of His Own Design

The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, 1855-64 by Richard Dadd, The Tate Gallery, London.

Richard Dadd was known as "Mad Dadd" he spent much of his life in an insane asylum after murdering his father whom he was convinced was the devil. His intricate paintings took him years to complete.
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