Reuven Rubin: Galilean Landscape (1929)

Galilean Landscape According to Christie’s, “In 1922 Rubin [returns] to Palestine, settling in Tel-Aviv: Galilean Landscape [is] painted during this period of rekindled communion with the land. The 1920s [see] Rubin becoming an artistic regenerative force in the burgeoning art community.” Christie’s writes about this painting: Executed in the 1920s, Galilean Landscape exemplifies Reuven Rubin’s…

Light

Wendi at Simply Chronically Ill has a way of getting to the heart of good living. Her constant care for others is an inspiration – and a perfect expression of the spirit of this season. Joy and Light to all, Sunnyside 🙂    Simply Chronically Ill   As we enjoy the beautiful lights this holiday…

Jacopo Ligozzi: Christ Carrying the Cross (1604)

  Who Created This Masterpiece? One of the most prolific artists of the 1600s in Florence, Jacopo Ligozzi (1547–1627) is an Italian painter, illustrator, designer, and miniaturist whose style can be categorized as late-Renaissance and Mannerist. After a period under the employment of the Habsburg family in Vienna, Jacopo Ligozzi [moves] to Florence circa 1576 where,…

Emily Carr: Forest Glade

“I sat staring, staring, staring – half lost, learning a new language, or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born.” -Emily Carr   See Full Biography: Emily Carr: Who Is She?  

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Still Life With Lilacs

Click For Enlarged Image:   Details: Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky, (1868-1945), Russian STILL LIFE WITH LILACS signed N. Bogdanov-Belsky (lower left) oil on canvas 30 3/4 by 26 in., 78 by 66 cm, Source: Sotheby’s Thanks for Visiting! 🙂 The End

Reuven Rubin: Arab Woman With Potted Plant (1923)

Distinctively Israeli Reuven Rubin is the eighth of 13 children born to a Romanian Jewish Hasidic family. Jewish Virtual Library states, “Although born in Rumania and trained in art in Paris and Rumania, Reuven Rubin in many ways is a distinctly and distinctively Israeli artist. (JVL) Although he spends his life traveling between Romania, Paris, New…

Segna di Buonaventura: Saint Benedict (1320s)

‘Saint Benedict’ Artist: Segna di Buonaventura (Italian, active Siena by 1298–died 1326/31) Date: 1320s Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground Dimensions: Overall, with framing elements, 49 x 20 7/8 in. (124.5 x 53 cm); Saint Benedict, painted surface 27 7/8 x 16 in. (70.8 x 40.6 cm); pinnacle, painted surface 10 1/4 x 15 3/8…

Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Young Girl Reading (1770)

Ahh…today I meet an old friend – the very first painting to steal my heart decades ago. I am looking forward to learning more about Fragonard’s ‘Young Girl Reading’, and especially studying the details enlarged. 🙂   Description: ‘A Young Girl Reading’ The Rococo painting by French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard (c.1770) features an unidentified young…

Augusto Giacometti: Poppy on Gray Background, (1932)

Pioneer of Abstraction Augusto Giacometti (1877 –1947) was a Swiss artist from Stampa, Graubünden, known predominantly as a painter in the Art Nouveau and Symbolism movements, as well as  for his work in stained glass. He was a proponent of murals and a designer of popular posters. He is cousin of Giovanni Giacometti –  father…

Vincent van Gogh: Pietà (after Delacroix) 1889

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889 In the Autumn of 1889 Vincent remains ill. He consoles himself by copying works from some of his favorite artists. He works in a small studio in the asylum of Saint Paul of Mausole in Saint Remy de Provence as he recovers from a prolonged episode of…

Albrecht Dürer: Tuft of Cowslips or Primula (1526)

Who Is Albrecht Durer? Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) was a German painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation across Europe for high-quality woodcut prints while still in his twenties. Durer communicated with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da…

Edgar Degas: The Ballet Class (1871-1874)

I enjoyed this excellent analysis of The Ballet Class at Artschaft: Compared to the other Impressionists, Edgar Degas was more of a traditionalist. The Frenchman didn’t paint en plein air, his color palette was subdued for much of his career and his spontaneity was painstakingly rehearsed. With a fascination for human anatomy reminiscent of Leonardo…

Alexander Vasilievich Kuprin: Autumn Bouquet Against Blue Background (1923)

‘’Everything is brought together in the centre,” wrote the art critic Lev Mochalov of Kuprin’s paintings, ‘and then from this central nucleus the main compositional rays propel outwards like droplets which spin out from a stone when it splashes into water’. The tight knot of autumn leaves in the present still life spray outwards from…

Updated: The Painting Life of Vincent van Gogh

  ENGELS: A unique tv documentary of the life and the works of Vincent van Gogh. For 60 minutes we are travelling with Vincent in a geographical reconstruction of his life. The documentary shows beautiful pictures of which Van Gogh has drawn his inspiration for his works. A lot of the buildings still exist. Through…

Robert Delaunay: Eiffel Tower (c.1925)

Who is Robert Delaunay? Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) is a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. His later works were more abstract, reminiscent of Paul Klee. Delaunay’s key influence relates to bold use of colour…

Johann Heinrich Vogeler: Reverie

“People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry      

Chaim Soutine: View of Cagnes (c.1925)

“Someone Has Killed Soutine!” Chaim Soutine once horrified his neighbours in Paris by keeping an animal carcass in his studio to model for his painting called, not surprisingly, Carcass of Beef. The stench drove them to send for the police, whom Soutine promptly lectured on the relative importance of art over hygiene. There’s a story…

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev

  Swan Lake, Op. 20 Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Dancers: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev with members of Wiener Staatsopernballett Ballet in 4 acts by: Vladimir Begitchev and Vasily Geltzer Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker Conductor: John Lanchbery Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev Directed: Truck Branss   Image source Edgar Degas: The Entrance of the Masked Dancers (1882), Image…

Reuven Rubin: Autumn Landscape, Peekskill, New York (1928)

Visit to New York According to Christie’s, in 1928 Reuven Rubin visited Adolph Stone, a Romanian friend who had a country home in Peekskill, New York. Rubin produced this painting of that home.   Click For Enlarged Detail:     Details: Reuven Rubin (1893-1974) Autumn Landscape, Peekskill, New York signed and signed again in Hebrew…

Augusto Giacometti: Orchids on Blue Ground (1938)

  Master of Color Augusto Giacometti (1877 –1947) was a Swiss artist from Stampa, Graubünden, known predominantly as a painter in the Art Nouveau and Symbolism movements, as well as  for his work in stained glass. He was a proponent of murals and a designer of popular posters. He is cousin of Giovanni Giacometti – …

Jacob Maris: Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer…in Oosterbeek (c.1861-1862)

Jacob Maris and The Hague School Jacob Maris (1837 – 1899) was a Dutch  draughtsman, printmaker, and landscape painter of the Hague School, like his two younger brothers, Willem Maris and Matthijs Maris. He is one of the most important Dutch landscape painters of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The Hague School is a…

Isobel Lilian Gloag: Four Corners to my Bed…

  ‘Four corners to my bed Four angels round my head Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Bless the bed that I lie on’     What Does This Mean? James Greig explains this rhyme in his essay “Isobel Lilian Gloag and Her Work“,  published in The Magazine of Art, Volume 26 in 1902: ” [This]…

Lilian Westcott Hale: American Impressionist and Portraitist

Who is Lilian Westcott Hale? Lilian Westcott Hale, daughter of a businessman and piano teacher, is remembered as one of America’s most successful Impressionist painters of the Boston School. She was born in 1881 in Hartford, Connecticut, and began her art education in 1900 at the School of Fine Arts in Boston. An important member…

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…

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…

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

Reading Kipling’s Jungle Book? Shannon studied in London during the 1880s and remained there, enjoying success as a society portraitist and figure painter. (In 1922 he renounced his United States citizenship in order to accept a knighthood.) “Jungle Tales” portrays the artist’s wife reading to their daughter, Kitty, shown in profile, and another child. The…

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,…

Van Gogh’s Great Peacock Moth and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major

Hold on to your hats….wow  😉 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, Paavali Jumppanen, piano, Via herzogtum-sachsen-weissenfels Click to View Enlarged Image:     Image Credit: Vincent Van Gogh, Great Peacock Moth, Saint -Remy, May, 1889 in public domain via Van Gogh Museum. Sources: Wikipedia contributors, “Butterflies…

Isaac Levitan: Golden Autumn, Slobodka (1889)

Isaac Levitan, Golden Autumn, Slobodka, (Original Title: Золотая осень. Слободка) 1889, oil on canvas, Dimensions: w675 x h430 mm, From The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Image Source: Google Arts & Culture Original Title: Золотая осень. Слободка From the collection of The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg The motif of Russian autumn is often encountered…

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Harvesters (1565)

The First Modern Landscape The Harvesters, painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1565, represents “a watershed in the history of western art” at at time when “the religious pretext for landscape painting has been suppressed in favor of a new humanism, and the unidealized description of the local scene is based on natural observations.”…

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…

Nikolai Tarkhov: Les Bretonnes

Where is Brittany? Brittany, occupying the largest French peninsula, is a cultural region in northwest France and is the traditional homeland of the Breton people.  Recognized by the Celtic League as one of the six Celtic nations, Brittany retains a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history. Tarkhov – The ‘Moscow Parisian’ According to Sotheby’s,…

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…

Odilon Redon: Etruscan Vase With Flowers (1900-1910)

Odilon Redon, “Etruscan Vase With Flowers”, (1900-1910), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1951; acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, Lillie P. Bliss Collection Quotes from Odilon Redon “I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the…

Habiballah of Sava: Language of the Birds (ca. 1600)

“Language of the Birds” – 12th Century Language of the Birds (Persian: منطق الطیر‎, Manṭiq-uṭ-Ṭayr, also known as مقامات الطیور Maqāmāt-uṭ-Ṭuyūr; 1177), is a mystical twelfth century Persian literary masterpiece by poet Farid ud-Din Attarin, commonly known as Attar of Nishapur. The poem title, which is in Arabic, is taken directly from the Qur’an, 27:16,…

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…