Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Nosegay of Violets, c.1503 by Albrecht Dürer, Albertina, Vienna.
Dürer's paintings and engravings are still compelling and popular 500 years after he lived and worked. He is considered the greatest German artist of the Northern Renaissance for his paintings and most especially his graphic work. his skill came from apprenticeship in metalwork whose exactly methods made for highly detailed etchings and engravings.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Blue Period, 1981 by William Wegman, Pace Gallery, NY.
This work references Picasso's Blue period.
There is a William Wegman retrospective called Funney/Strange at the Wexner Center, OSU in Columbus, OH that is full of a lot of interesting pieces from his career. He did these paintings where he used real postcards and worked them into a painting.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Two-Tiered Still Life by Severin Roesen, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The still-life study of the colorful fruit in this painting is framed by a spectacular landscape scene. One of the most difficult aspects of a still-life to get right is making the objects at the front look like they are laying realistically on the table - Roesen does it well in this 19th century painting.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Dragon of Marduk, Neo-Babylonian, Reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Latin word for dragon, draco means both dragon and snake. This glazed brick representation of a dragon comes from Babylon of the fabled Hanging Gardens. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has recreated the Ishtar Gate which depicts many guardian animals, both mystical and real.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Child Wearing a Red Scarf, c.1891 by Édouard Vuillard, National Gallery of Art, USA.
Vuillard "...was one of the main practitioners of Intimism — intimate domestic genre painting. A master of painting technique, Vuillard’s work is characterised by his use of colour and emphasis on surface pattern and decoration." (Royal Academy, UK website)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
2nd Style Roman Painting c.40-30 B.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Second style combines naturalistic scenes with architectural elements. Perspective was not fully developed for roughly 1500 years, so what the scenes lacked in realism they made-up for in creativity and imagination.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Woman with a Cat, 1921 by Fernand Léger, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ©1999 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Léger's early study of architecture can be seen in the lines and lay-out of his paintings. His artwork is a bridge between the two worlds.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown, Tate Collection
Brown was a huge influence on the Pre-Raphaelites. He is often grouped together with them even though he was considerably older than them and had been working for years. He received his training in Belgium and Paris.