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…

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…

Autumn: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Leo Putz

Autumn Song By Dante Gabriel Rossetti    Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf How the heart feels a languid grief Laid on it for a covering, And how sleep seems a goodly thing In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?   And how the swift beat of the brain Falters because it…

Emile Claus: Winter Orchard (1911)

“Go Home Quickly” Emile Claus, a Belgian painter, draughtsman, pastellist, and print-maker, became one of the leading artists in Belgium supporting the movement of “Luminism.”  Influenced by French Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism after viewing the works of Henri Le Sidaner and Claude Monet, Emile Claus changed his painting style to “brighter colors and pleinairisme.” in an…

Emile Claus: Sunny Day (1899)

A Risk: Google Translates Emile Claus’ oeuvre gives us a picture of everyday life in the Leie region around the turn of the 1900s. A painting as Sunny Day, which was created exactly that year, is a model for his narrative impressionism. The canvas displays remarkable parallels with the work of a well-trained photographer. After…

Kojima Torajiro and His Patron

Self Portrait by Torajiro Kojima (1881 – 1929). Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, Torajirō Kojima [Public domain or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons   Japan Meets Modern Western Art Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929) was a Japanese artist who chose to use the same visual language as the Impressionists. After a course in Western…

Jenny Montigny: “The Gardener”

Google Said ‘oeuvre’, not I 😉 Jenny Montigny preferred to paint everyday scenes from the countryside and village life in Sint-Martens-Latem. As here in “The Gardener”, these snapshots are not a reason to visualize social abuses or emphasize the weight of labor. On the contrary, Montigny always painted a harmonious society. The subject itself seems…

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…