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…

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…

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…

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Between Here And Gone

“I thought a light went out, but now a candle shines I thought my tears wouldn’t stop, but then I dried my eyes And after all of this, the truth that holds me here is that this emptiness is something not to fear”   Image: Henri Lebasque (1865-1937) FEMME À LA GUITARE (NONO) signed Lebasque…

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…

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…

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…