William-Adolphe Bouguereau: Girl With a Pomegranate (1875)

Who Is William-Adolphe Bouguereau? William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 –1905) was a French academic painter who favored realistic genre paintings using mythological themes, thus making modern interpretations of classical subjects. Bouguereau explained his work in 1895, “One has to seek Beauty and Truth, Sir!” As I always say to my pupils, you have to work to the…

Frances Hodgkins: Maori woman and child (1900)

Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947) is arguably New Zealand’s leading expatriate artists. Her works capture the spirit of an era greatly influenced by Impressionism and the beginnings of en plein air painting, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and two World Wars. Source: Jonathan Grant Gallery Click For Enlarged Detail Video: Jonathan Grant Gallery Details Name:  Maori woman and child…

Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa: La Gata Rosa (c.1908)

La Gata Rosa corresponds to this period of large-scale works, having being painted in the usual size for large exhibitions and salons of the time. Here the painter shows us one of his favourite themes in this second Parisian period (1904 – 1914): the female portrait. In this case it is Georgette Leroy, wife of…

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…

Federico Andreotti: Gypsy Beauty

This One, I Like! Florentine artist Federico Andreotti’s usual painting style of “elaborate period dress and affected airs… sometimes described as Rococo Revival” [1] does NOT appeal to me in general.  However, Gypsy Beauty, is undeniably captivating and is the creation of a talented artist. Andreotti successfully captures the quiet joy of this dark haired…

Reuven Rubin: Arab Woman With Potted Plant (1923)

Distinctively Israeli Reuven Rubin is the eighth of 13 children born to a Romanian Jewish Hasidic family. Jewish Virtual Library states, “Although born in Rumania and trained in art in Paris and Rumania, Reuven Rubin in many ways is a distinctly and distinctively Israeli artist. (JVL) Although he spends his life traveling between Romania, Paris, New…

Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Young Girl Reading (1770)

Ahh…today I meet an old friend – the very first painting to steal my heart decades ago. I am looking forward to learning more about Fragonard’s ‘Young Girl Reading’, and especially studying the details enlarged. 🙂 Description: ‘A Young Girl Reading’ The Rococo painting by French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard (c.1770) features an unidentified young woman…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 2

‘Japonaiserie’ Begins The Convention of Kanagawa put an end to the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion. and opened trade between Japan and the West. Artists like Manet, Degas and Monet, followed by Van Gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block prints called ukiyo-e prints. Vincent and his brother Theo dealt in these prints,…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Latgalian Girls

Latgalian Girls Listening Latgalian Girls belongs to a series of paintings depicting the children of the territory of eastern Latvia which provided great inspiration for the artist following his permanent move to Riga in 1921. These sun-suffused canvases which captured the local peasant children in their native countryside were exhibited to great acclaim at the…

Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895)

Marie Spartali Stillman’s Earthly Beatrice Loosely inspired by the writings of the early Renaissance poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), this painting by Marie Spartali Stillman depicts Dante’s beloved Beatrice who appears in both the Vita Nuova and Purgatory. “While Dante’s Beatrice is described in terms of the divine, Stillman paints a more earthly beauty, lost in…