Jun 28

Arts Everyday Living: A Vanderbilt Cousin & His Dog—Old Friend, Loyal Companion

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A VANDERBILT COUSIN & HIS DOG

OLD FRIEND, LOYAL COMPANION

 

 

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Anders Zorn, Portrait of Clarence Barker and his Dog, 1885, watercolor, Private Collection

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Shortly after All Soul’s Parish was established in 1896, George W. Vanderbilt gave the land and contributed handsomely to the endowment of the Clarence Barker Memorial Hospital incorporated on June 13, 1900.

National Park Service, Asheville, North Carolina

Clarence Barker (1864-1896) may have lived briefly, dying at 31 (of what was described as an illness that began with a cold), but his memory has been preserved.  First, in the unforgettable portrait above, done by Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920), who was an acclaimed international portraitist of his day; his subjects included the royalty of his own country as well as U.S. presidents. Then, after Barker’s death, his cousin George Washington Vanderbilt of Biltmore fame, would name a hospital after him that is still open today.

To learn more about the legendary Biltmore, click:

The Biltmore Estate

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Jun 26

Arts Everyday Living: Winslow Homer & America’s Past—Dinner in the Country

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WINSLOW HOMER & AMERICA’S PAST

DINNER IN THE COUNTRY

 

 

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Winslow Homer, The Dinner Horn (Blowing the Horn at Seaside), 1870, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. 

Winslow Homer*

American art icon Winslow Homer (1836-1910), like his contemporaries the French Impressionists, often painted outdoors inspired by the changing color and light of the environment around him.

*From Winslow Homer Watercolors by Helen A. Cooper.

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And revitalize your everyday life with Through an An Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively by Joan Hart.

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Jun 24

Arts Everyday Living: Intimate Spaces—Maternal Harmony, A Mother and Child

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INTIMATE SPACES

MATERNAL HARMONY, A MOTHER AND CHILD

 

 

 

 

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Edouard Vuillard, Mother and Child, 1890, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Conceive of a picture as a series of harmonies.

Edouard Vuillard, Private Journal, 1890

French artists Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) and Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) applied the warm colors as well as broken brush strokes of the Impressionists to create their own expressive interpretations of domestic life.

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Jun 22

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Horse & Rider—A Spiritual and Physical Bond

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THE ART OF HORSE & RIDER

A SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL BOND

 

 

 

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Peter Paul Rubens, A Study for a Horse and Rider, c. 1610s, oil, Private Collection?

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They knew instinctively that a man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically better than a man on foot.

John Steinbeck, The Red Pony

Baroque master Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), who painted for kings and queens, may have lived centuries before American author John Steinbeck (1902-1968), but they seem to both share a fascination with horses.  Whether expressed in Rubens’s striking equestrian study above or in Steinbeck’s moving account of a boy’s love for The Red Pony.

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Jun 20

Arts Everyday Living: In Monet’s Footsteps–Sorolla, Spain’s Foremost Impressionist

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IN MONET’S FOOTSTEPS

SOROLLA—SPAIN’S FOREMOST IMPRESSIONIST

 

 

 

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Joaquin Sorolla, Maria on the Beach at Biarritz, detail, 1906, oil on canvas, Sorolla Museum, Madrid Spain

 

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I hate darkness.  Claude Monet once said that painting in general did not have enough light in it.  I agree with him.  We painters, however,  can never reproduce sunlight as it really is. I can only approach the truth of it.

Joaquin Sorolla, Eight Essays on Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida.

Although Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) painted in a variety of styles, his Impressionist works created during several summers of the early 20th century are often considered representative of the peak years of his career.

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Jun 18

Arts Everyday Living: Japanese Midnight—the Moonrise Over the Waterfall

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JAPANESE MIDNIGHT

MOONRISE OVER THE WATERFALL

 

 

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Utagawa Hiroshige, Moon Over A Waterfall, 1st half, 19th century, woodblock print, location unknown

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.

Carl Sandburg

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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) is one of the superstars of Japanese art, while American writer Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) won three Pulitzer Prizes in literature.

For other blogs on Hiroshige and Sandburg, click:

The Divine Cat: Through a Japanese Artist’s Window

The Secret of the Sphinx: Expressions of Painting and Poetry

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Jun 16

Arts Everyday Living: Degas and the Ballet–A Fantasy and an Obsession?

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DEGAS AND THE BALLET

A FANTASY AND AN OBSESSION?

 

 

 

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Edgar Degas, Blue Dancers, c. 1898, pastel on paper, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

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A painting requires some vagueness, some fantasy.  When you always make your meaning plain, you end up boring people.

Quote of Edgar Degas*

Why was French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) so obsessed with the ballet, a theme he depicted almost 40 years?

*From Memories of Degas by Georges Jeanniot

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Jun 14

Arts Everyday Living: Corot, Predecessor to the Impressionists–A Beautiful Tree

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COROT, PREDECESSOR TO IMPRESSIONISM

A FAVORITE TREE

 

 

 

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Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Ville-d’Avray: Entrance to the Wood, about 1825, National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Reality is one part of art; feeling completes it….Before any site or any object, abandon yourself to your first impression. If you have really been touched, you will convey to others the sincerity of your emotion.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Notebooks, c. 1856

French artist Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) was a master of both portraiture and landscape; he also helped lay the foundation for his successors, the future Impressionists.

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Jun 12

Arts Everyday Living: A Bequest to A Child—the Wings of Imagination

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A BEQUEST TO A CHILD

THE WINGS OF IMAGINATION

 

 

 

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Charles-Amable Lenoir, Portrait of Andree Lenoir, 1902, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, location unknown

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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.*

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Although he seemed to have had a successful career, French artist Charles-Amable Lenoir (1860-1926) is another painter whose name and work have generally faded with time.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), one of Germany’s leading literary figures, wrote about a number of subjects including botany and anatomy.

*The source is unknown.

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Jun 10

Arts Everyday Living: For Love of Pansies by a Rival of the Impressionists

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FOR LOVE OF PANSIES

RIVALING THE IMPRESSIONISTS

 

 

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Henri Fantin-Latour, Pansies, detail, 1874, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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I pray, what flowers are these?

The pansy this,

O, that’s for love’s thoughts.

George Chapman, All Fools, Act II, Scene 1

French artist Henri Fantin-Latour (1863-1904) often rivaled his Impressionist friends Renoir and Monet with his moving canvases of flowers, whether elegant roses, flamboyant peonies, or humble pansies.  British writer George Chapman (1559-1634) was a contemporary of William Shakespeare, known also for his plays and poetry.

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Pansies, full painting

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