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…

Henri Martin: Venise, palais et gondoliers sur le Grand Canal

Impressionism Evolves French artist Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (1860 – 1943) mastered impressionist techniques early in his career, but after time spent studying in Italy, he began “painting works full of poetry using a special technique with swift short …parallel brushstrokes giving them a vaporous touch.” (Findlay Galleries) According to Christie’s,  Henri Martin found particular inspiration…

Nakazawa Hiromitsu: Touching, Daughter from Beautiful Women and the Senses (1905)

Touching: Daughter from the series Beautiful Women and the Senses Shoku: Musume from the series Bijin to kankaku, 触(娘) 美人と感覚よ Japanese, Late Meiji era, 1905 Nakazawa Hiromitsu (Japanese, 1874–1964) Publisher Sunbikai Place of Creation: Japan Dimensions: Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.) Medium or Technique: Color woodblock and stencil; organic and…

James Tissot’s Animals

By The Hammock   Did James Tissot paint animals because they appealed to Victorian sensibilities, because they were part of the life around him that he recorded so faithfully, or because they enhanced his subjects with symbolic meaning? Numerous artists of Tissot’s time achieved great success as animaliers – animal painters – including Sir Edwin…

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…

Balalaika: Art and Music

“The balalaika has its origins in Russian folk music and is often used to articulate a quick, repetitive rhythm, and both musicality and rhythm typify Hellesen’s painting.” Øystein Ustvedt   Why Paint a Balalaika? Although we do not know why Thorvald Hellesen chose to depict a balalaika in this painting, musical instruments in general were…

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…

Edouard Vuillard: The Pot of Flowers (1900)

Edouard Vuillard: The Pot of Flowers (1900) I love everything about this painting by Edouard Vuillard — color, composition, and especially the texture. If it is, indeed, a snapshot of his studio, then it must have been a lovely place to paint.Vuillard selected much of his subject matter;;;

Maurice Utrillo: La rue du Mont-Cenis sous la neige (1935)

La rue du Mont-Cenis sous la neige As World War 1 began, Maurice Utrillo moved into a small studio overlooking the rue du Mont-Cenis in Montmartre –  the street which became one his favorite subjects. “He would depict it in countless variations over the course of his career, under different weather conditions and lighting. With…

Edouard Vuillard: Marcelle Aron, Madame Tristan Bernard, (1914)

      Click for enlarged view:   Details Title: Marcelle Aron (Madame Tristan Bernard) Creator:Edouard Vuillard Date: 1914 Physical Dimensions: w156.5 x h181.3 cm (without frame) Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Credit: gift of Alice C. Simkins in memory of Alice N. Hanszen Type: Painting Medium:Distemper on canvas Via Google Arts…

A Kiss and a Concerto

Haydn’s Cello Concerto #1 in C Major, 3. Allegro molto I never tire of the pure joy surrounding this whole group of talented musicians. Isserlis is a masterful performer – a treat! Do you see the magnificent mural on the wall behind the orchestra?  Read more about the mural in Edvard Munch and The Suns …