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…

Thomas Francis Dicksee: Jessica (1867)

Thomas Francis Dicksee (1819-1895), Jessica, signed with monogram and dated 1867 (lower right), oil on canvas, framed as an oval, 14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm.), Source: Christie’s   Farewell, and if my fortune be not crossed, I have a father, you a daughter, lost. — Jessica, The Merchant of Venice   Who Is…

Lilian Westcott Hale: American Impressionist

Who is Lilian Westcott Hale? Lilian Westcott Hale, daughter of a businessman and piano teacher, is remembered as one of America’s most successful Impressionist painters of the Boston School. She was born in 1881 in Hartford, Connecticut, and began her art education in 1900 at the School of Fine Arts in Boston. An important member…

Marie Spartali Stillman and Mr. Shakespeare: Love Sonnets

Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds By William Shakespeare     Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests…

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

Reading Kipling’s Jungle Book? Shannon studied in London during the 1880s and remained there, enjoying success as a society portraitist and figure painter. (In 1922 he renounced his United States citizenship in order to accept a knighthood.) “Jungle Tales” portrays the artist’s wife reading to their daughter, Kitty, shown in profile, and another child. The…

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)

Maurice Prendergast, “Portrait of a Girl with Flowers”, 1913, Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Public Domain Detailed biography of Maurice Prendergast: At Sunnyside: Maurice Prendergast: Biography and Central Park in 1903 Click for Enlarged Image   Details Title: Portrait of a Girl with Flowers Artist:…

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

“One has to seek Beauty and Truth, Sir!” These are the words of William-Adolphe Bouguereau in 1895.  He continues, As I always say to my pupils, you have to work to the finish. There’s only one kind of painting. It is the painting that presents the eye with perfection, the kind of beautiful and impeccable…