Kyoto Botanical Garden — rlmcdermott

What kind of trees were they that broke the color– all tall and green and dancing in the slow sunlight of an April afternoon? Women in blue kimonos stood beneath the delicate branches snapping pictures digital and bright. Children played, young mother’s strolled, stooped old men finished with their lives sat on stone benches. An…

Sir Alfred Munnings: Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sunset (1912)

More Munnings One of the best British Impressionists and 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.” Christie’s A Hint of Mystery: Florence Carter-Wood Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sunset (1912)…

Cap’s Blog: Greensleeves VII

Claudio Capriolo at Cap’s Blog writes,   “For me, the most beautiful song of all time is ‘Greensleeves’.”    In fact, he has written at least sixteen posts on themes related to this song. Today, I choose Greensleeves VII because this medley contains an astonishing mixture of styles featuring lute and baroque guitar by George…

Lilian Westcott Hale: American Impressionist

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…

Caspar David Friedrich: Sunburst in the Riesengebirge

  ‘…thus it is a great merit, maybe the greatest thing the artist is capable of, when he touches the spirit and arouses thoughts, feelings and emotions in the beholder, even if these are not his own.’ Caspar David Friedrich Once Lost Dated from 1820 to the 1830’s, Sunburst in the Riesengebirge by Caspar David…

Henry Moret: Grosse mer (1913)

Who Is Henry Moret? Henry Moret (1856 – 1913) was a French Impressionist painter best known for his association with Paul Gauguin and the artist colony at Pont-Aven in Brittany and for his richly colored landscapes of coastal Brittany. After his beginning as a more classical painter, Moret’s style developed under the influence of Gauguin…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 2

Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Julien Tanguy, 1887, Musée Rodin, Paris, source: wikimedia ‘Japonaiserie’ Begins The Convention of Kanagawa put an end to the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion. and opened trade between Japan and the West. Artists like Manet, Degas and Monet, followed by Van Gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block…

Mitsuko Uchida: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Incredible pianist! ❤️ Universally acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida plays the Beethoven Piano Concerto # 3 in C minor with The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons conducting. Music Detail Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Mariss Jansons conducting. Mitsuko Uchida, piano I first saw…

Autumn: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Leo Putz

Autumn Song By Dante Gabriel Rossetti    Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf How the heart feels a languid grief Laid on it for a covering, And how sleep seems a goodly thing In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?   And how the swift beat of the brain Falters because it…