Edgar Degas: The Entrance of the Masked Dancers (1879)

Connection: Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ According to ClarkArt.edu, “Unlike many of Degas’s ballet scenes, which combine details from sketches made at different times, this pastel relates to a specific production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’. The viewpoint is that of an abonné, a subscriber with privileged access, like the top-hatted gentleman on the far side of the…

Edgar Degas: The Singer in Green (c.1884)

A sale catalogue in 1898 described the dancer pictured in Edgar Degas’ pastel, The Singer in Green: “Skinny and with the graceful moves of a little monkey, she has just sung her ribald verses and, with a gesture that conceals an entreaty behind her smile, is inviting applause.” With her small eyes, high cheeks, and…

James Tissot: Waiting (In the Shallows)

Early Success in London At the 1874 Royal Academy exhibition in London, French-born painter James Tissot has three paintings on display, including one titled ‘Waiting‘, or ‘In the Shallows‘. Fans of Tissot’s earlier works will immediately recognize this setting with a “mature chestnut tree overhanging a pool,” (Christie’s) Painted at the height of James Tissot’s…

Maria Sibylla Merian and Natural History

Who Is Maria Sibylla Merian? Artist, scientist, mother, rule breaker extraordinaire… Maria Sibylla Merian’s life story is filled with curious details. This German-born artist, botanist, naturalist, entomologist, and scientific illustrator lived during the 1700s in the Netherlands, where adherence to the guild system in Europe prevented women from painting in oil.[3] Consequently, Merian painted with…

Gustave Loiseau: Le Quai du Pothuis à Pontoise (1905)

    Click For Enlarged Detail:   Detail Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935) French Post-Impressionist painter, remembered above all for his landscapes and scenes of Paris streets. Le Quai du Pothuis à Pontoise signed and dated ‘G. Loiseau 1905’ (lower left) oil on canvas 21 3/8 x 25 ¾ in. (54.1 x 65.3 cm.) Painted in 1905…

‘La Danse a Bougival’ by Tanya Shukla

Tanya Shukla is a writer, teacher, mother, and world traveler who shares her original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction at The Learning Prophet. Tanya also shares my appreciation for the paintings of Mr.Renoir, for whom she wrote this poem, La Danse a Bougival.  Join me at The Learning Prophet.  🙂 ‘La Danse a Bougival’ by Tanya…

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…

J.E.H. MacDonald: Maple Boughs, Algoma

  Click For Enlarged Detail     Details Maple Boughs, Algoma J.E.H. MacDonald, Medium: oil on composite wood-pulp board Credit Line: The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario Dimensions Overall: 21.5 x 26.5 cm (8 7/16 x 10 7/16 in.) Source: Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada   Thanks for Visiting! 🙂 The End

Reuven Rubin: Landscape near Jerusalem (1968)

Distinctively Israeli Reuven Rubin (1893-1974) is the eighth of 13 children born to a Romanian Jewish Hasidic family in Galaţi. Rubin studies art at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and Ecole des Beaux Arts and Academie Colarossi in Paris. “Although born in Romania and trained in art in Paris and Romania, Reuven Rubin … is…

Sam Robson and Friends: O come, O come, Emmanuel

  O come, O come, Emmanuel O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.     O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny From depths of Hell Thy…