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…

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

Renoir’s Masterpiece of Early Impressionism 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….

Ivan Aivazovsky: Rocks in the Mist (1890)

Who Is Ivan Aivazovsky? Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: Иван Константинович Айвазовский; 29 July 1817 – 2 May 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. Read More Ivan Aivazovsky at Wikiwand See More Ivan Aivazovsky At Sunnyside Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Robert Lewis Reid: Fleur de Lis (c.1900)

Who Is Robert Lewis Reid? American impressionist Robert Reid was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1862. A painter of landscape, figures, still-life and murals, Reid was one of the founding members of the ‘Ten American Painters’, a group of Impressionists who rebelled against traditionalism in 1897. According to The Met, “Robert Reid was among the…

Renoir: Dance at Bougival (1883)

Another Favorite Dance at Bougival (French: La Danse à Bougival) is an 1883 work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir currently in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts,  Sebastian Smee  of The Boston Globe writes that this Renoir painting is “one of the museum’s most beloved works“. (Smee 2014). The Museum of Fine…

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…

Giotto and Tchaikovsky: Birth of Christ

Wishing you all peace and joy on Christmas Eve. [We], who mystically representing the cherubim and singing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, let us now lay aside every worldly care so that we may raise up the king of all who is invisibly borne aloft by the angelic orders Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia  …

James Jebusa Shannon: Jungle Tales (Contes de la Jungle) 1895

Who Is James Jebusa Shannon? James Jebusa Shannon was born in the United States and moved to England in 1878 where he trained at South Kensington. According to ArtUK, “Shannon enjoyed early success and, under the influence of Sargent, developed a bravura portrait style which made him one of the most sought after society portraitists…

Édouard Vuillard: La balayeuse, 346 rue Saint-Honoré (1895)

Living at Work: 1891-1896 Painted in 1895, the year when Vuillard and the Hessels first met, this scene takes place in the [Vuillard] family apartment at 346 Rue Saint-Honoré… The Vuillard family lived there from 1891 to 1896… Vuillard’s mother, who struggled with recurrent financial difficulties, turned it into a dual living and working space…

Wassily Kandinsky: Rapallo, Boote (1905)

Abandoning a promising legal career in Moscow at the age of 30, Kandinsky traveled to Munich to study painting. From 1903 and for the next five years he traveled widely throughout Russia, North Africa and Europe, arriving with companion Gabriele Münter in Rapallo on Italy’s North West coast in December 1905. They rented a house…

“Se potessero i sospir miei” (Imeneo)

  “Se potessero i sospir miei” from Handel’s Imeneo Jeffrey Stivers produced this excellent video pairing of “Se potessero i sospir miei” sung by Ann Hallenberg, conducted by Andreas Spering, and accompanied by Capella Augustina on period instruments. The song is from Handel’s opera Imeneo, (HWV 41). Fortunately for those like me who need a bit of…