Maurice Prendergast: Biography and Central Park in 1903

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772 Prendergast and “Central Park” “Prendergast captured the park’s festive energy on a summer day and suggested, with broad horizontal bands, the tripartite traffic system that accommodated carriages, horses with riders, and pedestrians. The painting, once titled “Central Park in 1903,” may have been begun in…

Robert Reid: Fleur de Lis (c.1900)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 769 Fleur de Lis by Robert Reid Artist: Robert Reid (1862–1929) Date: ca. 1895–1900 Medium: Oil on canvas Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1907 Robert Reid was among the founding members of the Ten American Painters, a loosely defined group of French-trained artists associated with…

Edvard Munch and The Suns (1910-16)

Edvard Munch, The Sun 1910-1911  (The Oslo University Mural) Good Morning! Once again my own questions about a simple painting post has led me down a path not anticipated. Because I found so many discrepancies and variations in paintings labelled ‘The Sun by Edvard Munch’,  I decided to find out how many Munch Suns are out…

Renoir: Dance at Bougival

I can’t look at this familiar painting without feeling happy. Renoir was a master in every way. The open-air cafés of suburban Bougival, on the Seine outside Paris, were popular recreation spots for city dwellers, including the Impressionist painters. Renoir, who was primarily a figure painter, uses intense color and lush brushwork to heighten the…