Maurice Denis: September Evening (1891)

  Who Is Maurice Denis? Maurice Denis (November 1870 – 1943) was a French painter, decorative artist and writer who was an important figure in the transitional period between impressionism and modern art. He was associated with Les Nabis then the Symbolist movement, and then with a return to neo-classicism. His theories contributed to the…

Clement Massier: Art Nouveau Enameled Ceramic Plate (c. 1900)

ENAMELED CERAMIC PLATE REPRESENTING MONT FUJI, CIRCA 1900 CLEMENT MASSIER (1844-1917), Height: 42 cm. (16 ½ in.); Length: 30.5 cm. (11 ¾ in.)Origin: House of Art Nouveau Samuel Bing, Paris., Source: Christie’s Bing Who? Samuel Siegfried Bing (1838 – 1905), who usually gave his name as S. Bing (not to be confused with his brother,…

Jean-François Millet: Calling Home the Cattle (late 1850s)

This painting brings back fond memories of my grandparent’s small farm and the people who shaped my childhood. If I shut my eyes and unplug the electronics, I can feel the utter peace of the twilight hillside at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains. It is nearing sunset, and Grandaddy brings the cows up…

Paul Signac: Opus 217…Portrait of Felix Feneon (1890)

What’s in a Name? Felix Fénéon was an art dealer, collector, curator, political activist, critic, and friend of Signac who shared the artist’s interests in science and Japanese prints. In this painting Signac depicts this unconventional and enigmatic personality with his characteristic goatee, holding a top hat and a walking stick in one hand and…

Umbrella Trends

Originally posted on God Thru the Arts:
My Process Most weeks, when I sit down to write my blog, I have know idea where the Spirit will take me. I have found it very helpful to have the framework of a series to latch onto and sometimes this will mean that I have a list of…

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: At the Moulin Rouge -The Dance (1890)

On a Crowded Dance Hall, Paris, 1890 At the Moulin Rouge, the Dance is an oil-on-canvas painted by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 1890, the second of a number of graphic paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Built in Paris in 1889, the cabaret portrays two dancers dancing the can-can in the middle…

Edouard Vuillard: Madame Hessel at Home (c.1908)

  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Details Title: Madame Hessel at Home Creator: Edouard Vuillard Date: c. 1908 Physical Dimensions: w68.6 x h71.1 cm (without frame) Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck Type: Painting Medium: Oil on board Click for larger view:     Image credit: Google…

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Bal du moulin de la Galette (1876)

Snapshot in Time This painting is doubtless Renoir‘s most important work of the mid 1870’s and was shown at the Impressionist exhibition in 1877. Though some of his friends appear in the picture, Renoir’s main aim was to convey the vivacious and joyful atmosphere of this popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre. The study…

Edouard Vuillard: Deux Femmes dans Interieur (1892)

From the collection of Berkshire Museum Edouard Vuillard, “Two women in an interior”. Watercolor over pencil and paper. Not dated.Christies, “A very rare Nabis watercolor is very complete, in very good condition and is a desirable subject for Vuillard’s early years (his mother and his sister). Signed and indistinctly dedicated lower right.   Details Title:…

Édouard Vuillard: Garden at Vaucresson (1923)

According to Colta Ives (2018), “The enormous appeal of gardens in the early twentieth century, especially to women of means, found frequent expression in the work of Édouard Vuillard, ” (C. Ives, p. 94). This painting was begun in 1920 at Vaucresson, a residential suburb west of Paris, where Vuillard’s friends Lucy and Josse (Jos) Hessel…