Aug 19

Arts Everyday Living: At the Dressing Table Mirror—Through an Impressionist’s Eyes

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AT THE DRESSING TABLE MIRROR

THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

 

 

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Richard Edward Miller, Scarlet Necklace, 1914, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Jewelry is not unchanging.  Life transforms it and makes it bend to its requirements.

Attributed to Coco Chanel

Richard Edward Miller (1875-1943) was an American Impressionist, who created both in the United States and in France, including residing in Giverny, home of Claude Monet.  French designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) not only revolutionized women’s fashion, but also transformed the perfume industry with the internationally renowned Chanel No. 5.

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Aug 17

Arts Everyday Living: Monet’s Special Island—the Coast, Sea & Rose-Gold Sky

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MONET’S SPECIAL ISLAND

THE COAST, SEA & ROSE-GOLD SKY

 

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Claude Monet, Rocks at Belle-Ile, Port Domois, 1886, oil on canvas, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

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I felt the need, in order to widen my field of observation, and to refresh my vision in front of new sights, to take myself away for a while from the area where I was living, to make some trips lasting several weeks in Normandy, Brittany and elsewhere….

Claude Monet, letter to Francois Thiebault-Sisson

During the 1880s, Impressionist master Claude Monet (1840-1926) traveled several times to the coast of northern France (including the island of Belle-Ile just off the coast of Brittany portrayed above), leaving to posterity a legacy of unforgettable seascapes.

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Aug 15

Arts Everyday Living: A Scottish Song—A Girl and Her Fish, Waiting for a Sale

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A SCOTTISH SONG

A GIRL AND HER FISH

 

 

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John Everett Millais, Caller Herrin,’ n.d., probably oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Buy my caller herrin,’

They’re bonnie fish and wholesome farin;

Buy my caller herrin,’

New drawn frae the Forth.

Scottish Song

 Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), like other fellow Pre-Raphaelite artists, often focused on the history and traditions of Great Britain, whether the Medieval past or native folk culture as represented by the Caller Herrin, sung by Scottish fishwives in the local market.  Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) composed the music and Carolina Oliphant (1766-1845) wrote the words.

To learn more about other works of John Everett Millais, click:

The Innocence and Humor of Childhood

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Aug 13

Arts Everyday Living: A Summer Walk with Gustav Klimt—the Castle on the Lake

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A SUMMER WALK WITH GUSTAV KLIMT

THE CASTLE ON THE LAKE

 

 

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Gustav Klimt, A Castle and Moat, 1908-1909, oil on canvas, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

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The surroundings of the lake are mountainous, especially towards the South….In the late 19th century, the lake was highly popular among Viennese artists.  Celebrities such as Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, and Gustav Klimt spent their summers in the region.

Description of Lake Attersee, Austria, Tour My Country.com website.

Viennese superstar artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) created some of the most famous icons of modern art including Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (the subject of 2015 movie Woman in Gold) and The Kiss.  However, during his summers at Lake Attersee just outside of Vienna, Klimt produced dozens of landscapes of the natural beauty of the mountains and woods that still attract vacationeers today.

Also click:

Gustav Klimt’s Sunflowers: Golden Rivals of Van Gogh

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Aug 11

Arts Everyday Living: Along the Canals of Venice—View from a Gondola

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ALONG THE CANALS OF VENICE

VIEW FROM A GONDOLA

 

 

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John Singer Sargent, Rio dell Angelo, 1902, watercolor on paper, Private Collection

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Venice is eternity itself.

Joseph Brodsky

American master John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for his portraits of the super-rich and celebrities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  However, the artist also created scores of works in both oil and watercolor of landscapes as well as cities like Venice which he visited often during his long career.  Poet Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) began his career in his native Russia, but was forced to leave his country during the Cold War period.  He settled in the United States and eventually designated its poet laureate.

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Aug 09

Arts Everyday Living: Inside a French Household–the Fine Art of Sweeping

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INSIDE A FRENCH HOUSEHOLD

THE ART OF SWEEPING

 

 

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Edouard Vuillard, Interior, 1894, oil on cardboard mounted on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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A new broom sweeps clean, but an old one knows the corners.

Universal Proverb

Interior by French Post-Impressionist Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) is my third blog this year featuring his work.  In this case, I’m inspired by Vuillard’s unique gift for immortalizing in color and composition the ordinary tasks of everyday living.

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Aug 07

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Impressionist’s Eyes–Paradise in the Backyard

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THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

PARADISE IN THE BACKYARD

 

 

 

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John Henry Twachtman, John Alden Twachtman, Greenwich Gardens, begun late 1890s, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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In my mind I have finer pictures than ever before.  Ten thousand pictures come and go every day and those are the only complete pictures painted, pictures that shall never be polluted by paint and canvas.

John Henry Twachtman*

Like Claude Monet, American Impressionist John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902) created a garden paradise in the backyard of his home near Greenwich, Connecticut.  A considerable percentage of Twachtman’s body of works were done there including the painting above.  However, it would be John Alden, the artist’s son and painter himself, who would actually complete it after his father’s premature death at 49.

*From Words of Art: Inspiring Quotes from the Masters

Source: Visions of Home: American Impressionist Images of Suburban Leisure and Country Comfort by Lisa N. Peters, The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1997.

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Aug 05

Arts Everyday Living: Let Sleeping Cats Lie & A Mouse Near the House

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LET SLEEPING CATS LIE

A MOUSE NEAR THE HOUSE

 

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Cornelis Visscher, Cat Sleeping, 1657, engraving, prints in several museum collections

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Cats are the connoisseurs of comfort.*

James Herriot

Cornelis Visscher (1619/1629-1662) was an artist and engraver creating during the Dutch Golden Age of art.  James Alfred Wright (1916-1995), known by his pen name of James Herriot, authored All Creatures Great and Small based on his experiences as a veterinary surgeon in northern England.

*From Treasures of Inspirational Stories for Children.

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Aug 03

Arts Everyday Living: Above the Clouds–Mt. Fuji Through the Eyes of Hiroshige

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ABOVE THE CLOUDS

MT. FUJI THROUGH THE EYES OF HIROSHIGE

 

 

 

 

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Utagawa Hiroshige, Mt. Fuji Across the Bay, Famous Views of the 60 Provinces—The Pine Grove at Mio in Suruga Province, c. 1856, woodblock print.

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A wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once; only a fool climbs it twice.

Japanese saying

I’ve already featured the woodblock prints of the prolific Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), whose works are not only esteemed in Japan, but have had considerable influence on Western art as well.

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Hiroshige—-A Winter Vision in Japan

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Aug 01

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Impressionist’s Eyes—Summer Daydreams

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THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

SUMMER DAYDREAMS

 

 

 

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William Chadwick, On the Porch, c. 1908-1910, oil on canvas, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut

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….I will take my ease,

Dream and dream as long as I please….

Harriet McEwen Kimball, Day-dreaming*

Although born in England, Impressionist William Chadwick (1879-1962) spent most of his life in the United States.  He was particularly drawn to the popular artistic colony held at the home of Florence Griswold in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where he painted On the Porch above.  Little information is available on poet Harriet McEwen Kimball (1834-1917), who was from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

*Excerpt from poem written around 1868.

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