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…

Lesser Ury: Grunewaldsee, Berlin (1893)

Lesser Ury was a German Impressionist painter, based in Berlin…His works reveal the artist’s fascination with the ever changing quality of light and its many effects. Accordingly, Ury is well known for his depictions of… the beautiful Brandenburg countryside often set in spectacular lighting conditions. Sotheby’s Grunewaldsee, Berlin was painted in 1893 at a time…

“C’est mon plaisir” – Isabella Stewart Gardner and her collection

Originally posted on History Lizzie:
Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent, 1888, oil on canvas (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum P30WI) Above the central portal to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is her motto: “C’est mon plaisir” (“it is my pleasure”) This sums up perfectly the collection housed at Fenway Court: a unique and beautiful…

Gustave Caillebotte: Le Pont de l’Europe, esquisse (1876)

The painting depicts one of the engineering marvels of Caillebotte’s day, an immense bridge spanning the rail yards of the Gare Saint-Lazare. Two men gaze through the massive iron trellises of the bridge toward the depot, the roof of which is glimpsed between the X-shaped girders at the right. Rather than cloaking the latticework of…

Henri Martin: L’Eglise de Labastide-du-Vert

“Rare As Precious Stones” “If I look at a fragment of Henri Martin’s canvas… I immediately recognize it. I see a great number of dots of different colors, as precious and rare as precious stones.  His palette is an enchantment. Many different interminglings of colors make a rare and rich harmony… And it is much more difficult…

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

Renoir’s Masterpiece of Early Impressionism 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….

Winter With Munch and Mari

See More Edvard Munch at PubHist Munch Museum, Oslo Read More Edvard Munch: ‘The Sun’ (1910-11), Part 1, At Sunnyside Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Snow in April (c.1907)

Click for Enlarged Details Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Details Title: Snow in April Creator: Maurice Prendergast Date Created: circa 1907 Physical Dimensions: w28 x h20 in Rights: Acquired 1945,  Public Domain Medium: Oil on canvas Snow in April – Maurice Prendergast – The Phillips Collection Image Source Snow in April – Maurice Prendergast –…

Caillebotte: Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers (1893)

This emphasis on flatness and relatively large areas of mostly solid color is also a major feature of the Japanese prints that captivated the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The references to Japanese art and culture don’t end there as the chrysanthemums themselves were, as Met Museum curator, Jane R. Becker points out, “prized at the time…

‘La Mantovana’ by Giuseppino del Biado

Translation Flee, flee, flee from this sky, harsh and unyielding, relentless cold. You, who shackle all in prison neither bending nor breaking to tears. You, the year’s cruel, frozen tyrant, flee, flee, flee to wherever winter has its eternal throne over the frost. Come, come white, come vermilion, you are the marvel of the world….

Ivan Aivazovsky: Rocks in the Mist (1890)

Who Is Ivan Aivazovsky? Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: Иван Константинович Айвазовский; 29 July 1817 – 2 May 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. Read More Ivan Aivazovsky at Wikiwand See More Ivan Aivazovsky At Sunnyside Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Sir Oswald Birley: The Nurse (1921)

Hidden from view in the ownership of her descendants, Philip Mould will talk about the arrival from America of an exquisite, hitherto unknown portrait of an arresting 1920’s nurse by society painter Sir Oswald Birley. Painted in return for medical services, this masterpiece by Birley combines his brilliance as a portraitist with the sublime lessons…

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Central Park

“The love you liberate in your work is the only love you keep.” Maurice Prendergast Who Is Maurice Prendergast? Maurice Prendergast (1858 – 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist whose work was influenced by Fauvism, Impressionism, Pointillism, Post-Impressionism, and Realism. “Although working in a range of mediums including oils and monotypes (a print taken from a…

Giotto: Flight Into Egypt

Read More Web Gallery of Art, Giotto’s Scenes from the Life of Christ Coventry Carol at Sister Renee’s Lavish Mercy post ‘Holy Innocents’ Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Robert Lewis Reid: Fleur de Lis (c.1900)

Who Is Robert Lewis Reid? American impressionist Robert Reid was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1862. A painter of landscape, figures, still-life and murals, Reid was one of the founding members of the ‘Ten American Painters’, a group of Impressionists who rebelled against traditionalism in 1897. According to The Met, “Robert Reid was among the…

Week 4: Wanted, by Sunnyside

No Self-Critique Today This little guy is looking at me with those big eyes…..lol. Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Alfred James Munnings: Summer afternoon…Wensum, Costessey (1909)

“Plein-air tour de force” Summer afternoon on the Wensum, Costessey is a plein-air tour de force imbued with colour, light and atmosphere… Christie’s ‘His pure landscapes would of themselves have made a reputation. Contemplating them in the Diploma Gallery, along with the best of the gypsy studies and Exmoor ponies, one was forced to the…

Lilian Westcott Hale: Portrait of a Woman

Lilian Westcott Hale’s mentor Edmund Tarbell exclaimed after seeing her drawings in the one-woman 1908 Boston show, “Your drawings are perfectly beautiful—as fine as anything could be. They belong with our old friends Leonardo, Holbein and Ingres, and are to me the finest modern drawings I have ever seen” (Philip Hale Papers, Box 53a, Folder…

Ernest Atkinson Hornel: Children Dancing Around a Tree (1891)

Click for Enlarged Detail Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside See More Edward (Ernest) Atkinson Hornel at wikiwand Edward (Ernest) Atkinson Hornel at National Galleries, Scotland Kirkudbright, the Artists’ Town at ArtUK Edward (Ernest) Atkinson Hornel at ArtUK Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Mela Muter: The Port of Collioure (mid-1920s)

Who Is Mela Muter? Mela Muter is the pseudonym used by Maria Melania Mutermilch (1876 – 1967), the first professional Jewish painter in Poland. Although she lived most of her life in France, she was born Maria Melania Kingsland in Warsaw, Poland, daughter of a wealthy Jewish merchant. After her marriage, Muter moved from Poland to…

Christina Rossetti: Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents by Christina Rossetti Sleep, little Baby, sleep; The holy Angels love thee, And guard thy bed, and keep A blessed watch above thee. No spirit can come near Nor evil beast to harm thee: Sleep, Sweet, devoid of fear Where nothing need alarm thee. The Love which doth not sleep, The eternal Arms…

Week 3: Cheers! by Sunnyside

What I Want to Practice: Finding a starting place Using gestural drawing to map out the composition on the page. Using correct proportion Understanding perspective Using contour lines for emphasis Experimenting with eraser for highlights Knowing when to stop (exercise vs finished drawing) My Plan Watch video in full, then try to draw using only…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 1

“All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art…” Vincent to his brother Theo from Arles, 15 July 1888 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…

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: My Lady Greensleeves

Click for Enlarged Detail Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Image Source: My Lady Greensleeves by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  [Public domain], Source: Wikimedia Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Renoir: Dance at Bougival (1883)

Another Favorite Dance at Bougival (French: La Danse à Bougival) is an 1883 work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir currently in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts,  Sebastian Smee  of The Boston Globe writes that this Renoir painting is “one of the museum’s most beloved works“. (Smee 2014). The Museum of Fine…

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…

Wishing You Joy on Christmas Day!

Latin text: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui. Alleluia. Translation: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Alleluia. Click for Detailed Image Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Learn More Expert…

Giotto and Tchaikovsky: Birth of Christ

Wishing you all peace and joy on Christmas Eve. [We], who mystically representing the cherubim and singing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, let us now lay aside every worldly care so that we may raise up the king of all who is invisibly borne aloft by the angelic orders Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia  …

Samuel Peploe: Red and White Tulips (early 1920s)

Who Is Samuel Peploe? Samuel John Peploe (1871 – 1935) is a Scottish Post-Impressionist painter, noted for his still life paintings. He is the best known of the Scottish Colourists, a group including John Duncan Fergusson, Francis Cadell and Leslie Hunter. Peploe explains his focus on still lifes as follows: ‘There is so much in…

James Jebusa Shannon: Jungle Tales (Contes de la Jungle) 1895

Who Is James Jebusa Shannon? James Jebusa Shannon was born in the United States and moved to England in 1878 where he trained at South Kensington. According to ArtUK, “Shannon enjoyed early success and, under the influence of Sargent, developed a bravura portrait style which made him one of the most sought after society portraitists…

Art and Theology: “At Christmas” by Frank O’Malley

Let the Christbrand burst!Let the Christbrand blazon!Dartle whitely under the hearth-fire,Unwind the wind, turn the thunderer,And never, never thinning,Forfend fear.Flare up smartly, fix, flex, bless, inspire,Instar the time, sear the sorcerer,And never, never sparing,Save all year.Let the Christbrand burst!Let the Christbrand blazon! This poem appears in Scholastic 115, no. 10 (March 1, 1974), a publication…

“Bergell Mountains” and Mignarda’s “Bist du bei mir”

Bist du bei mir (Are You With Me?) Formerly attributed to J. S. Bach, the popular air is now firmly attributed to Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, from his opera Diomedes, oder die triumphierende Unschuld, which is known to have been performed in Bayreuth on November 16, 1718. Recorded live at Immaculate Conception Church, Cleveland, OH by…

Édouard Vuillard: La balayeuse, 346 rue Saint-Honoré (1895)

Living at Work: 1891-1896 Painted in 1895, the year when Vuillard and the Hessels first met, this scene takes place in the [Vuillard] family apartment at 346 Rue Saint-Honoré… The Vuillard family lived there from 1891 to 1896… Vuillard’s mother, who struggled with recurrent financial difficulties, turned it into a dual living and working space…

Wassily Kandinsky: Rapallo, Boote (1905)

Abandoning a promising legal career in Moscow at the age of 30, Kandinsky traveled to Munich to study painting. From 1903 and for the next five years he traveled widely throughout Russia, North Africa and Europe, arriving with companion Gabriele Münter in Rapallo on Italy’s North West coast in December 1905. They rented a house…