Theodore Robinson, Autumn Sunlight (1888)

From France to Greenwich While working in the orbit of Claude Monet in Giverny, France, where he completed this painting, the American artist Theodore Robinson struggled to translate his impressions of nature to canvas without resorting to stylistic formulas. The vague treatment of the woman’s face and vegetation with a flurry of brushwork imparts a…

Pools – A Poem by Joe Barca — Vita Brevis

Pools Submitted by Joe Barca   I am but water. The puddle of last night’s shower. I live for an hour or two. Until the sunshine absorbs me. I am the ocean for children in Wellington boots. For earthworms. And for the descent of errant swallows. I am pavement’s liquid memory. I……… Continue via Pools…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 1

What did Van Gogh learn from Japanese prints? Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo had an extensive collection of Japanese prints. I want to understand how Japanese art changed van Gogh’s painting. Van Gogh Museum states, “Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese printmaking played a decisive role in the direction he took as an artist….

Sir Alfred James Munnings: Idle Moments or The Boathouse (1906)

Munning’s Earliest Boating Theme According to Christie’s, Idle Moments; or The Boathouse (1906) “is the earliest boating theme, foreshadowing [Sir Alfred James Munning’s] series of ladies in canoes painted in the 1930’s and 40’s.”  The description continues: This scene is the boathouse at Mendham … The lady in the back reclines and contentedly settles in…

Sir Alfred Munnings: Langham Mill Pool

The Best of British Impressionism A strong supporter of en plein-air painting, Sir Alfred Munnings, “like the French Impressionist painters, … captures the salient qualities of form while conjuring the dramatic atmosphere of light, air, and colour.” Painted at a site only a few miles from his home, “Langham Mill Pool is an extraordinary example…

Maurice Denis: September Evening (1891)

  Who Is Maurice Denis? Maurice Denis (November 1870 – 1943) was a French painter, decorative artist and writer who was an important figure in the transitional period between impressionism and modern art. He was associated with Les Nabis then the Symbolist movement, and then with a return to neo-classicism. His theories contributed to the…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Latgalian Girls

Latgalian Girls Listening Latgalian Girls belongs to a series of paintings depicting the children of the territory of eastern Latvia which provided great inspiration for the artist following his permanent move to Riga in 1921. These sun-suffused canvases which captured the local peasant children in their native countryside were exhibited to great acclaim at the…

Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895)

My apologies….I somehow published an older, unfinished draft this morning and am still having difficulty getting the update to publish. Still trying….. Marie Spartali Stillman’s Earthly Beatrice Loosely inspired by the writings of the early Renaissance poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), this painting by Marie Spartali Stillman depicts Dante’s beloved Beatrice who appears in both the…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Country Boys (1916)

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky, (1868-1945), Country Boys, signed in Cyrillic and dated 1916 l.l., oil on canvas, 153 by 124cm, 60 1/4 by 48 3/4 in., Source: Sotheby’s. Bogdanov-Belsky’s Best: Pre-revolution Bogdanov-Belsky’s pre-revolutionary works include some of his most striking canvases, the scale alone often an indication of his artistic confidence. The present lot is an…

Clement Massier: Art Nouveau Enameled Ceramic Plate (c. 1900)

ENAMELED CERAMIC PLATE REPRESENTING MONT FUJI, CIRCA 1900 CLEMENT MASSIER (1844-1917), Height: 42 cm. (16 ½ in.); Length: 30.5 cm. (11 ¾ in.)Origin: House of Art Nouveau Samuel Bing, Paris., Source: Christie’s Bing Who? Samuel Siegfried Bing (1838 – 1905), who usually gave his name as S. Bing (not to be confused with his brother,…

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Mountain Landscape from Clavadel (1925–26)

Mountain Landscape from Clavadel (1925–26), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938), 135 x 200.3 cm (53 1/8 x 78 7/8 in.), Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., Switzerland: Kirchner’s Later Years William Cook in The Spectator comments, “Here in rural Graubünden, he couldn’t help but lead a healthier life. This dramatic change of…

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Gut Staberhof III (1913)

The Truth, … and Nothing But the Truth I’ll be honest. Many of Ernst Kirchner’s works are….. not my favorites. (There. I said it.) This painting, however, caught my eye immediately because of the colors. A pink street? What is that all about? I looked more closely. The trees are full of texture and movement,…

Emile Claus: Winter Orchard (1911)

“Go Home Quickly” Emile Claus, a Belgian painter, draughtsman, pastellist, and print-maker, became one of the leading artists in Belgium supporting the movement of “Luminism.”  Influenced by French Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism after viewing the works of Henri Le Sidaner and Claude Monet, Emile Claus changed his painting style to “brighter colors and pleinairisme.” in an…

Jean-François Millet: Calling Home the Cattle (late 1850s)

This painting brings back fond memories of my grandparent’s small farm and the people who shaped my childhood. If I shut my eyes and unplug the electronics, I can feel the utter peace of the twilight hillside at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains. It is nearing sunset, and Grandaddy brings the cows up…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Symphony (1920)

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky, (1868-1945), Symphony, signed in Cyrillic l.r., oil on canvas, 160.5 by 141cm., 63 by 55 1/2 in., Image Source: Sotheby’s Well, No Wonder! For most of this year I have searched for good quality images of Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky’s paintings, feeling that his work deserves close study, which demands images of the highest…

Marie Spartali Stillman and Mr. Shakespeare: Love Sonnets

Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds By William Shakespeare     Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Boys in a Birch Forest

    Click for Enlarged Detail: Details Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky 1868-1945 BOYS IN A BIRCH FOREST signed in Cyrillic l.l. oil on canvas 81.5 by 104.5cm, 32 by 41in. Source: Sotheby’s Thanks for Visiting! 🙂 The End

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: The Schoolgirl Reading by Lamplight

Successful Exhibition 1917-1918 Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky showed his paintings, including The Schoolgirl Reading by Lamplight, at the 46th Itinerant Exhibition in 1917-1918, which was a time of great social and political upheaval. According to Sotheby’s catalogue, the success was surprising: ‘We assumed that during the revolutionary events people would be indifferent to art and that we would struggle to sell anything. Fortunately, we were…

Emile Claus: Sunny Day (1899)

A Risk: Google Translates Emile Claus’ oeuvre gives us a picture of everyday life in the Leie region around the turn of the 1900s. A painting as Sunny Day, which was created exactly that year, is a model for his narrative impressionism. The canvas displays remarkable parallels with the work of a well-trained photographer. After…

Kojima Torajiro and His Patron

Self Portrait by Torajiro Kojima (1881 – 1929). Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, Torajirō Kojima [Public domain or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons   Japan Meets Modern Western Art Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929) was a Japanese artist who chose to use the same visual language as the Impressionists. After a course in Western…

Jenny Montigny: “The Gardener”

Google Said ‘oeuvre’, not I 😉 Jenny Montigny preferred to paint everyday scenes from the countryside and village life in Sint-Martens-Latem. As here in “The Gardener”, these snapshots are not a reason to visualize social abuses or emphasize the weight of labor. On the contrary, Montigny always painted a harmonious society. The subject itself seems…

Paul Signac: Opus 217…Portrait of Felix Feneon (1890)

What’s in a Name? Felix Fénéon was an art dealer, collector, curator, political activist, critic, and friend of Signac who shared the artist’s interests in science and Japanese prints. In this painting Signac depicts this unconventional and enigmatic personality with his characteristic goatee, holding a top hat and a walking stick in one hand and…

Tamara Natalie Madden: An Artist Remembered

Tamara Natalie Madden (1975 –2017) was a Jamaican-born mother, mixed-media artist, and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta. On November 4, 2017, she died at her home in Snellville, Georgia, only two weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.  She was 42.  “Out of Many, One People” Though Tamara…

Torajirō Kojima: Woman Reading

Modern Western Art Meets Japan Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929) was a Japanese artist who chose to learn the techniques of the Impressionists. After a course in Western painting at the University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo, Japan, Torajiro Kojima left Japan in 1908 to study in Paris. With the Ohara family as patrons, he enrolled…

Umbrella Trends

Originally posted on God Thru the Arts:
My Process Most weeks, when I sit down to write my blog, I have know idea where the Spirit will take me. I have found it very helpful to have the framework of a series to latch onto and sometimes this will mean that I have a list of…

Eric Sloane: Barn in the Valley

  Click for Enlarged Image: Best viewed At Sunnyside   To be auctioned November 8:   Eric Sloane, Barn in the Valley.Oil on Masonite, 17-1/2 x 22-3/4 inches (44.5 x 57.8 cm), Signed, image source: MutualArt: https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/Barn-in-the-Valley/9B9F8C2531AAE839   Thanks for visiting! 🙂 The End  

Isaac Levitan: Golden Autumn (1895)

Isaac Ilyich Levitan (1860 – 1900) was a classical Russian landscape painter who advanced the genre of the “mood landscape”. Click for Enlarged Image: Best viewed At Sunnyside Sources: Wikimedia Commons contributors, “File:Levitan Zolotaya Osen.jpg,” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Levitan_Zolotaya_Osen.jpg&oldid=319803217 (accessed October 27, 2018). Wikipedia contributors, “Isaac Levitan,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Isaac_Levitan&oldid=841066898…

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: At the Moulin Rouge -The Dance (1890)

On a Crowded Dance Hall, Paris, 1890 At the Moulin Rouge, the Dance is an oil-on-canvas painted by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 1890, the second of a number of graphic paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Built in Paris in 1889, the cabaret portrays two dancers dancing the can-can in the middle…

Edward Bannister: Boston Street Scene (1898-99)

Who Is Edward Mitchell Bannister? Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828 –1901) was a Black Canadian–American Tonalist painter. Like other Tonalists, his style and predominantly pastoral subject matter were drawn from his admiration for Millet and the French Barbizon School. In fact, Bannister’s work often reflects the composition, mood, and influences of French Barbizon painters including Jean-Baptiste-Camille…

Edouard Vuillard: Madame Hessel at Home (c.1908)

  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Details Title: Madame Hessel at Home Creator: Edouard Vuillard Date: c. 1908 Physical Dimensions: w68.6 x h71.1 cm (without frame) Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck Type: Painting Medium: Oil on board Click for larger view:     Image credit: Google…

Marc Chagall: Art and Revolution

New Exhibit at The Jewish Museum Diane Cole, in her article “Chagall The Revolutionary – Exhibit on his short-lived People’s Art School in Vitebsk suggests a rethinking of his work”, says the following: “The Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) made famous the steeples and rooftops of his native Vitebsk, along with the ebullient lovers,…

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Bal du moulin de la Galette (1876)

Snapshot in Time This painting is doubtless Renoir‘s most important work of the mid 1870’s and was shown at the Impressionist exhibition in 1877. Though some of his friends appear in the picture, Renoir’s main aim was to convey the vivacious and joyful atmosphere of this popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre. The study…

Édouard Vuillard: Garden at Vaucresson (1923)

According to Colta Ives (2018), “The enormous appeal of gardens in the early twentieth century, especially to women of means, found frequent expression in the work of Édouard Vuillard, ” (C. Ives, p. 94). This painting was begun in 1920 at Vaucresson, a residential suburb west of Paris, where Vuillard’s friends Lucy and Josse (Jos) Hessel…

Edouard Manet: The Balcony (1868-1869)

When Manet painted this piece, scenes of bourgeois life were in vogue, yet The Balcony went against the conventions of the day. The painting tells no story or anecdote; the protagonists are frozen, as if isolated in an interior dream, evidence that Manet was freeing himself from academic constraints, despite the obvious reference to Majas on the Balcony by Francisco Goya,

Smoke and Mirrors – Existential Poetry

Smoke and Mirrors And you, with all your glorious flowering self-deception – your words are glowing embers and your tongue stokes the fire that engulfs me like paper but I think it fills the void inside of you. How does it feel to sleep with the lies you’ve fashioned from the flames? Some may wonder…

John Everett Millais: ‘Mariana’ (1851)

Who is John Everett Millais? John Millais (1829–1896) was a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English artists who united in 1848 hoping to renew British painting. They idealized the sincerity of purpose and clarity of form of the early Italian Renaissance artists—before Raphael—finding art that they sought to emulate. The Pre-Raphaelite…

Cynthia Gregory and Ivan Nagy: “In A Rehearsal Room”

The Story – Seven Minutes of Magic According to shippermd, this video is  “An EXTREMELY RARE, 1976 film-short of a romantic Pas de Deux Ballet to Pachelbel’s Canon In D Major.”  Produced by David Hahn and choreographed by William Carter, this film highlights the talents of dancers Cynthia Gregory and Ivan Nagy. About ‘In A…

Maurice Prendergast: Biography and Central Park in 1903

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772 Prendergast and “Central Park” “Prendergast captured the park’s festive energy on a summer day and suggested, with broad horizontal bands, the tripartite traffic system that accommodated carriages, horses with riders, and pedestrians. The painting, once titled “Central Park in 1903,” may have been begun in…

Who Am I?

The Story: Sunnyside was born many years ago, the name of my fictional home for orphaned children and animals in a story for Mrs. Watson’s eighth grade writing class.  A medical degree and six biologic homeschooled children later, Sunnyside became the name of my classical education website, Sunnyside Classical Christian School.   Now entering a new…