Le Thi Luu: Youth

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Jean-Étienne Liotard: Portrait of a Young Woman (c.1760)

“For its beauty, vivacity, freshness and lightness of palette,” Liotard wrote, “pastel painting is more beautiful than any other kind of painting.” Liotard is known for pressing pastel quite forcefully onto the paper to create extra brilliance in order to exaggerate these qualities. This peculiar technique and desire for luminosity is what set him apart…

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst: The War Widow (1923)

This painting was originally titled Andromache by the artist when it was painted in circa 1923 [fig. 1]. This initial title references the Greek princess recorded in Homer’s Iliad, who lost every male member of her family during the Trojan War. This portrait, painted in the aftermath of the Second World War, consequently assumes a…

Pierre Mignard, picture of childhood

by L’Art en Tête “…What stands out in this portrait of a child is the slightly sad face, which looks at the viewer with a slightly melancholic air. In fact, the portrait was painted in 1681 or 1682, just after the death of Mademoiselle de Tours. It is therefore a posthumous portrait. The various details…

Ambrose McEvoy: Portrait of Lady Gwendoline Churchill (1917)

When this work was exhibited at the New English Art Club just after Ambrose McEvoy’s shocking and sudden death of pneumonia at the age of only forty-nine, the Times critic praised the painting – which had been given pride of place in the exhibition – for serving ‘very well to recall the characteristic powers of…

Gyula Benczúr: Moorish Boy (1914)

Gyula Benczúr (1844 – 1920) was a Hungarian painter and art teacher who specialized in portraits and historical scenes. See More At Sunnyside Gyula Benczúr: Reading Woman in the Forest (1875) See More By This Artist Works and biography of Gyula Benczúr @ Fine arts in Hungary Works of Gyula Benczúr held in Slovak art…

Thomas Francis Dicksee: Jessica (1867)

  Farewell, and if my fortune be not crossed, I have a father, you a daughter, lost. — Jessica, The Merchant of Venice Who Is Jessica? This painting shows Jessica, a character in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, the daughter of a Jewish moneylender Shylock, who defies her father’s wishes and falls in love with…

William-Adolphe Bouguereau: Girl With a Pomegranate (1875)

Who Is William-Adolphe Bouguereau? William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 –1905) was a French academic painter who favored realistic genre paintings using mythological themes, thus making modern interpretations of classical subjects. Bouguereau explained his work in 1895, “One has to seek Beauty and Truth, Sir!” As I always say to my pupils, you have to work to the…

Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa: La Gata Rosa (c.1908)

La Gata Rosa corresponds to this period of large-scale works, having being painted in the usual size for large exhibitions and salons of the time. Here the painter shows us one of his favourite themes in this second Parisian period (1904 – 1914): the female portrait. In this case it is Georgette Leroy, wife of…

Tamara Natalie Madden: An Artist Remembered

Tamara Natalie Madden (1975 –2017) was a Jamaican-born mother, mixed-media artist, and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta. On November 4, 2017, she died at her home in Snellville, Georgia, only two weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.  She was 42.  “Out of Many, One People” Though Tamara…

Federico Andreotti: Gypsy Beauty

This One, I Like! Florentine artist Federico Andreotti’s usual painting style of “elaborate period dress and affected airs… sometimes described as Rococo Revival” [1] does NOT appeal to me in general.  However, Gypsy Beauty, is undeniably captivating and is the creation of a talented artist. Andreotti successfully captures the quiet joy of this dark haired…

Edouard Vuillard: Madame Hessel at Home (c.1908)

  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Details Title: Madame Hessel at Home Creator: Edouard Vuillard Date: c. 1908 Physical Dimensions: w68.6 x h71.1 cm (without frame) Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck Type: Painting Medium: Oil on board Click for larger view:     Image credit: Google…

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Portrait of a Girl with Flowers (1913)

Click for Enlarged Image Details Title: Portrait of a Girl with Flowers Artist: Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York) Date: ca. 1910–13 Medium: Oil on canvas Credit Line: Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 Read More Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History At Sunnyside: Maurice Prendergast: Biography and Central…

Mary Cassatt: Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren (1880)

  Cassatt’s nieces and nephew Eddie (eleven), Elsie (five), and Katherine (called Sister, nine) crowd around their grandmother as she reads fairy tales from a bright red book. Mary’s mother was often called upon to be a conspirator in getting children to pose attentively for her daughter and perhaps often brought out the fairy tales…