Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Adoration on a Large Scale

The Star of Bethlehem, 1888-91 by Edward Burne-Jones, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, UK.

This watercolor was originally a design for a tapestry and is very large roughly 8ft x 12ft and he used a ladder to do the painting.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Streets

Stockbridge at Christmas by Norman Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont.

Rockwell is known for his images of holidays and Americana, this is one of his rarer landscapes.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Let it Snow

Snow at Louveciennes, 1878 by Alfred Sisley, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Sisley was strongly influenced by Monet and also tried to capture light against the landscape.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Felt Suit by Josef Beuys, Private Collection.

There was a major retrospective of Beuys work at the Tate Modern in London last year. His work is difficult for many people to classify as "art." He believed in exalting everyday objects and in the healing powers of art. His felt suit represented one he wore to a protest of the war in Vietnam and to him it symbolized political change.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Seasonal Themes

Virgin of the Angels, 1881 by William Adolph Bouguereau, The Getty Museum, Courtesy of Forest Lawn Memorial Park Association.

This painting was restored by the conservation specialists the Getty Museum and in exchange for restoring the work the owner, The Forest Lawn Museum, allowed the Getty to display the work. Bouguereau was very popular during his lifetime and while often panned by critics, remains a popular artist amoung museum visitors today.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Bands of Light

Landscape at Chaponval, 1880 by Camille Pissarro, Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Pissarro is the only artist to exhibit his work at all the "Impressionist" shows. Throughout his career he remained true to the Impressionist vision of capturing moments in light.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


January, 1993 by Alex Katz, Marlborough Graphics, NY.

Known for his Pop Art portraits, Katz captures each of his subject's individuality, while creating an easily recognizable style.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Sewing Memories

Album Quilt, 1847-50 by Mary Heidenroder Simon, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Baltimore Album Quilts were made in the mid-19th century to mark important events. The people from that region of the country also had access to many different fabrics as ships arrived from all over the world.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Drawing What You Know

Sechs Kissen (Six Pillows), 1493 by Albrecht Dürer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dürer created this drawing as a study of shading by using cross-hatching, but it is also a study in drawing drapery.
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