Tuesday, July 31, 2007

An Old Favorite

Christina's World, 1948 by Andrew Wyeth, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Wyeth's painting of a young woman who, unable to walk, often crawled around the house in Maine where she lived and where Wyeth stayed and which he painted many times.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Back From Vacation

People in the Sun by Edward Hopper, Smithsonian Institution.

Hopper is famous for the loneliness in his paintings and even though this is a group of people, the chairs are staggered so each person is alone as they enjoy the sun.

Friday, July 20, 2007

On Holiday II

Fort Mackinac, Michigan, 1872 by Seth Eastman, Library of Congress.

Located on Mackinac Island, Fort Mackinac was founded by the British in 1870. It remained an active fort until 1895 and went back and forth between the Americans and the British for years.

I will be away on vacation for a while. Please visit the archives.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Art in the Family

Veronica, 1960 by Elaine de Kooning, Bauer Museum of Art.

Elaine was training as an artist when she met Willem de Kooning. She continued to work as an artist and art critic for ARTnews. She eventually concentrated on painting portraits.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Dromos, or outer Court of the Great Temple at Edfou in Upper Egypt by David Roberts, RA 1796-1864. Dated 1840 and inscribed 'EDFOU, UPPER EGYPT'

Roberts painted watercolors of ruins in Egypt and reproduced them as lithographs and sold them in London to disciples of the Grand Tour.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Summer Flowers

Country Garden with Sunflowers by Gustav Klimt, Oesterreichische Galerie Vienna.

Klimt is one of the most famous artists to emerge from the movement known as Art Nouveau. The rich beauty of his style is so appealing.

Friday, July 13, 2007

All Grown Up

Ophelia("And he will not come back again") by Arthur Hughes, The Toledo Museum of Art.

This version of Ophelia is about 12 years after the first version where she looks like a little girl. It is a different interpretation of the character of Ophelia and seems to have more to do with the model, than the play.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Little Girl Lost

Ophelia, c. 1851-53 by Arthur Hughes, Manchester City Art Galleries.

Hughes was influenced by Pre-Raphaelite Group after reading their publication The Germ. His painting of Ophelia from Shakespeare's Hamlet represents a much younger woman then most other artists, even as Hughes himself would later portray her.

I apologize for the horrible image, here is a great view.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Played like a Fiddle

Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924 by Man Ray, © Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

Man Ray took a classical nude photograph in the style of the painter Ingres and altered it by drawing on the "f" holes found on violins.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Monday, July 09, 2007

Blue Heaven

Palace Blue Chandelier by Dale Chihuly c. mid 1990's.

Dale Chihuly has taken the Renaissance idea of the artist's workshop into the modern age employing many skilled glassblowers and students who help him create and assemble his massive art installations.

If in Pittsburgh visit the installation at the Phipps Botanical Garden.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Less Menacing

View From Satta Suruga, 1858 by Ando Hiroshige, Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hiroshige is the other famous name in Ukiyo-e printmaking. Younger than Hokusai, his work quickly became just as popular. His style is very appealing to a broad range of people while Hokusai liked to portray similar images with a slight edge to them.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th!

Fourth of July, 1916 by Childe Hassam, Private Collection.

Hassam is one of the most noted of the American Impressionists and he also spent time working and studying in Paris. In 1916 he began a series of flag paintings mostly of the flags of the WWI allies all flying together.

Happy Independence Day!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Really Interesting

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art:


By eggman913

We are the 80's

Cindy from the series Men in the Cities, 1984 by Robert Longo, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey.

The Men in the Cities series first brought Robert Longo to the public's attention when it was featured in movies, television and magazines in the 1980's.
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