Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ingres

Madame Moitessier, 1856 by Jacques-Auguste-Dominque Ingres, National Gallery of Art, London.

True to the fashion of his time, Ingres was more interested in painting historic scenes than doing portraits, but also true, portraits are an artist's bread and butter. Mme. Moitessier's husband asked Ingres to paint his wife's portrait and Ingres refused, upon meeting her however, he was intrigued and agreed to paint her. Notice how the use of the mirror behind her, gives us two portraits in one.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shout-out to Modernism

Solar Do-(It-Yourself) Nothing Toy. After Charles Eames by Edgar Olaineta, 2012, 
from the Factory Direct: Pittsburgh exhibition Warhol Museum.

The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is hosting an exhibition of contemporary art called Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, now through September 9, 2012.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Gustave

Fruit Displayed on a Stand by Gustave Caillebotte, 1881-2, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Caillebotte existed on the fringes of the Impressionist group, as he was both a benefactor and a member of the group. He was a painter himself, but lived as a lawyer, solider, and engineer. He did not adhere closely to the painting by light and loose brush strokes of the Impressionists and his work belies his realistic-style training, however, he allowed enough of the looser, less studied style of the Impressionists to enter his work, that it was given a lightness, that more realistic work lacks.

Even in death he supported the Impressionists, leaving his vast collection to the French Government on the condition that it be displayed, not stored away. The artists and their work had not yet been embraced by the French people, and the government and they rejected that condition, but ended up accepting a portion of the work which they did display, making it the first time the artists of the group were displayed in a government exhibition.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

For Bertha

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree by Mary Cassatt, 1895, Smith College Museum of Art.

American Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt is well known for her paintings of women and children. Although she never had children herself, she captures the intimate moments between the mothers and children that were her family and friends, with care and feeling.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Found and Flowing

Between Heaven and Earth by El Anatsui, 2006.

From Ghana, artist El Anatsui uses found object to create beautiful works of art that drape and hang within the spaces in which they are shown. He also uses more traditional mediums like wood, clay and paint, but you can find bottle caps, metal cans, aluminum wrapping, etc. 
The Akron Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of his work through October 7, 2012.

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