Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children, 1906

“I do not admit that a woman can draw like that,” said Edgar Degas when he saw one of Mary Cassatt’s pictures. David Lowe continues in American Heritage, At eight o’clock on the evening of June 14, 1926, a very old woman—blind and suffering from advanced diabetes—died in her chateau on the edge of the…

Mary Cassatt: On a Balcony (1878-1879)

Cassatt Catches Quiet Moments During Mary Cassatt’s early Impressionist period, she frequently focused on the activities of middle-class women in society—at the theater or taking tea, for example. At first glance, the arresting painting ‘On a Balcony’, which was shown in the 1880 Impressionist exhibition, appears to depict a woman in a public setting. However,…

Lilian Westcott Hale: Black Eyed Susans

Charcoal Portraiture “Without Rival” A gifted draftsman, Lilian Westcott Hale was widely admired for her charcoal style, characterized by the use of fine, vertical strokes. Hale was a consummate portraitist, particularly in the medium of charcoal, with a contemporary critic writing, “in her drawing it is safe to say that she is without a rival…Mrs. Hale’s…

Philip Leslie Hale: The Rose Tree Girl (1922)

Why Do I Love This Painting? Given our dark, cold winter in captivity, I want to encourage us all to emerge with a remembrance of spring. The Rose Tree Girl evokes the feeling of warm sunshine, buzzing bees, and glorious gardens, so like a caterpillar in spring, let us also emerge with  hope that cold,…

Tamara Natalie Madden: “Out of Many, One People”

Though Tamara Natalie Madden was born in Kingston, Jamaica, she spent her teenage years in Madison, Wisconsin. Born with dark skin to a mother with light skin, Ms. Madden observed endemic racist behavior from people of color, both in Jamaica and in the United States – based solely on the degree of darkness of skin;…

Lilian Westcott Hale: The Convalescent (1906)

Echoes of Japanese Prints – and Monet “With Butterfly’s Wings” Carney Gallery at Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston, Massachusetts, hosted an exhibition of Lilian Westcott Hale’s works in 1999. The exhibition’s title echoes a quote from successful artist William McGregor Paxton, who said that Lilian Westcott Hale drew “with butterfly’s wings.” . Like…

Lillian Westcott Hale: ‘Floretta’, or ‘Portrait of Agnes Doggett’

‘Floretta’, or ‘Portrait of Agnes Doggett’ A member of the Boston School of Impressionists, Hale focused on capturing the diffusion of natural light in domestic interior scenes and portraits of women in elaborate dress. Here the sitter is Agnes Doggett, a neighbor who frequently posed as a model for Hale—at twenty-five cents an hour, to…

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…

Leon Kroll: Appletrees, Woodstock (1922)

Leon Kroll first visited Woodstock in the summer of 1906 to study at the Byrdcliffe art colony. In 1920, Kroll returned to Woodstock, as it was a popular destination for artist’s to spend the summer. In Kroll’s autobiography, A Spoken Memoir, he describes hosting dinners for fellow artists who would summer in Woodstock, including the…

Edward Hicks: Peaceable Kingdom (1833)

Note: Image galleries do not display properly in WordPress Reader. Best Viewed At Sunnyside. Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the…

The Tree of Life: 17th century

  “This association with the Tree of Life in Revelations is reinforced by the curling grape vine wrapped around the trunk of the tree, which is symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the promise of eternal life.” TheMet     This unique image of a miraculous tree bearing multiple species of fruits and vegetables…