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…

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…

Henri Le Sidaner: Les Maisons Sur La Riviere (c.1938)

Henri Eugène Augustin Le Sidaner (7 August 1862 – 14 July 1939) who was a contemporary of the Post-impressionists, was an intimist painter known for his paintings of domestic interiors and quiet street scenes. His style contained elements of impressionism with the influences of Édouard Manet, Monet and of the Pointillists discernible in his work….

Jan van Kessel: Butterflies, Moths and More… (1654)

Cabinet of Curiosities in Paint Often produced as pendants, Jan van Kessel’s detailed depictions of insects, flowers and plants were sought after by collectors. They should be seen in the context of cabinets of curiosities. Van Kessel belonged to a famous dynasty of painters and is indebted in style and technique to his grandfather, Jan Brueghel…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Two Girls on a Swing (1940)

Nikolai Goes to Latvia The Russian artist, Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, is known for his paintings of peasant children, and when he left Russia for Latvia in autumn of 1921, he hoped to continue this peasant children series, “ often depicting his subjects in traditional Latvian costume.”  Sotheby’s continues, He was frequently commissioned to paint portraits of friends…

Ivan Aivazovsky: Evening in Crimea (1895)

Who Is Ivan Aivazovsky? Born into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817 – 1900) was an Armenian-Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. The vast majority of his works are seascapes, but he often depicted battle scenes, Armenian themes,…

A Kiss and a Concerto

Haydn’s Cello Concerto #1 in C Major, 3. Allegro molto I never tire of the pure joy surrounding this whole group of talented musicians. Isserlis is a masterful performer – a treat! Do you see the magnificent mural on the wall behind the orchestra?  Read more about the mural in Edvard Munch and The Suns …

Nakazawa Hiromitsu: Touching, Daughter from Beautiful Women and the Senses (1905)

Touching: Daughter from the series Beautiful Women and the Senses Shoku: Musume from the series Bijin to kankaku, 触(娘) 美人と感覚よ Japanese, Late Meiji era, 1905 Nakazawa Hiromitsu (Japanese, 1874–1964) Publisher Sunbikai Place of Creation: Japan Dimensions: Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.) Medium or Technique: Color woodblock and stencil; organic and…

László Mednyánszky: Iron Gate on the Danube (1890-95)

  Video   Baron László Mednyánszky (1852 – 1919) Hungarian artist Baron László Mednyánszky or Ladislaus Josephus Balthasar Eustachius Mednyánszky, a Hungarian painter-philosopher, is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of Hungarian art. Despite an aristocratic background, he spent most of his life moving around Europe working as an artist. Wikipedia Born:…

The Flagellation – 14th Century Italian Embroidery

One of Twelve: Life of Christ The Flagellation is one of twelve panels attributed to Geri Lapi depicting the life of Christ, of which nine are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This embroidered panel representing the Flagellation is a remarkable expression of the Florentine Gothic style. While the needlework has been attributed to the…

Jacopo Ligozzi: Christ Carrying the Cross (1604)

The Power of Narrative Painting Much has been written about Jacopo Ligozzi’s Christ Carrying the Cross, a dramatic narrative portrayal of Christ surrounded by his persecutors and onlookers on the way to Calvary. I did not understand the power of this painting until studying the enlarged details in the face of Christ. With close proximity,…