Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Young Girl Reading (c.1770)

‘A Young Girl Reading’ The Rococo painting by French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard (c.1770) features an unidentified young woman wearing a rich, saffron-yellow dress with glowing, white ruff, collar, and cuffs; lavender ribbons accent her bodice, neck and hair. Shown in profile, she is reading from a small book with reddish gilt edging held in her…

Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895)

Who Is Maria Spartali Stillman? Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman, (1844 –1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter and model, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career, she produced over one hundred and fifty works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States. (2) One Dante Is Never…

Gyula Benczúr: Moorish Boy (1914)

Gyula Benczúr (1844 – 1920) was a Hungarian painter and art teacher who specialized in portraits and historical scenes. See More At Sunnyside Gyula Benczúr: Reading Woman in the Forest (1875) See More By This Artist Works and biography of Gyula Benczúr @ Fine arts in Hungary Works of Gyula Benczúr held in Slovak art…

Mary Cassatt: The Tea (1880)

“Cassatt’s paintings often document the social interactions of well-to-do women like herself. The activities they depict—tea drinking, going to the theatre, tending children—fall within the normal routine for Cassatt’s sex and class. Yet the painter’s insistence upon representing such episodes from the modern world (even a sheltered segment of it), her dislike for narrative, and…

“C’est mon plaisir” – Isabella Stewart Gardner and her collection

Originally posted on History Lizzie:
Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent, 1888, oil on canvas (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum P30WI) Above the central portal to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is her motto: “C’est mon plaisir” (“it is my pleasure”) This sums up perfectly the collection housed at Fenway Court: a unique and beautiful…

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 Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Video: Jonathan Grant Gallery Details…

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…