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…

Kathleen Munn, Part 1: Cows on a Hillside (c. 1916)

Who Is Kathleen Munn? Because I admire rebels, few artists have intrigued me to the same degree as the talented Canadian pioneer of modern art, Kathleen Jean Munn. Born into a Toronto family in 1887, Munn benefited from her family’s support in both her artistic education and career. Munn developed a devotion to international modernism…

Vincent van Gogh: Le moissonneur d’après Millet (1889)

Homage to Millet Painted at Saint-Rémy in September 1889 at a critical moment in the penultimate year of Vincent van Gogh’s life, Le moissonneur (d’après Millet) pays homage to the artist whom he most admired and respected: Jean-François Millet. Charged with intense colour and electrifying brushwork, this painting dates from the beginning of one of…

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,…

Birth of Les Nabis

Birth of Les Nabis The Talisman is a painting by French artist Paul Sérusier made in 1888, under the guidance of Paul Gauguin at the artist’s colony of Pont-Aven in Brittany. This painting, the starting point and icon of the group of young painters called The Nabis, was a landmark in early Post-Impressionism, Synthetism, and…

Josiah Gilbert Holland: “God Give Us Men”

Wanted by Josiah Gilbert Holland God, give us men! A time like this demands Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor; men who will not…

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:…

Pierre Bonnard: Paysage stylisé, Le Grand-Lemps, (c.1890)

Like many of the young artists who were affiliated with the modernist avant-garde on the cusp of the 20th century, Bonnard was a quick and early starter, and he made some remarkable pictures before he was only twenty-five. Executed circa 1890, Paysage stylisé (Le Grand-Lemps) represents the cutting-edge style of a new anti-naturalist tendency in…