Augusto Giacometti: Orchids on Blue Ground (1938)

  Master of Color Augusto Giacometti (1877 –1947) was a Swiss artist from Stampa, Graubünden, known predominantly as a painter in the Art Nouveau and Symbolism movements, as well as  for his work in stained glass. He was a proponent of murals and a designer of popular posters. He is cousin of Giovanni Giacometti – …

Jacob Maris: Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer…in Oosterbeek (c.1861-1862)

Jacob Maris and The Hague School Jacob Maris (1837 – 1899) was a Dutch  draughtsman, printmaker, and landscape painter of the Hague School, like his two younger brothers, Willem Maris and Matthijs Maris. He is one of the most important Dutch landscape painters of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The Hague School is a…

Isobel Lilian Gloag: Four Corners to my Bed…

  ‘Four corners to my bed Four angels round my head Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Bless the bed that I lie on’     What Does This Mean? James Greig explains this rhyme in his essay “Isobel Lilian Gloag and Her Work“,  published in The Magazine of Art, Volume 26 in 1902: ” [This]…

Kyoto Botanical Garden — rlmcdermott

What kind of trees were they that broke the color– all tall and green and dancing in the slow sunlight of an April afternoon? Women in blue kimonos stood beneath the delicate branches snapping pictures digital and bright. Children played, young mother’s strolled, stooped old men finished with their lives sat on stone benches. An…

On Interpretation – rlmcdermott

Peak into the heart and soul of an artist with the words of rlmcdermott. I’ve always been a person who struggled with meaning. Not the “meaning” of my life but what something means. From the time I was a kid I’ve always had to listen real hard to what people were saying–did they mean me…

Sir Alfred Munnings: Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sunset (1912)

More Munnings One of the best British Impressionists and a strong supporter of en plein-air painting, Sir Alfred Munnings, “like the French Impressionist painters, … captures the salient qualities of form while conjuring the dramatic atmosphere of light, air, and colour.” Christie’s A Hint of Mystery: Florence Carter-Wood Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sunset (1912)…

Cap’s Blog: Greensleeves VII

Claudio Capriolo at Cap’s Blog writes,   “For me, the most beautiful song of all time is ‘Greensleeves’.”    In fact, he has written at least sixteen posts on themes related to this song. Today, I choose Greensleeves VII because this medley contains an astonishing mixture of styles featuring lute and baroque guitar by George…