Mar 24

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Impressionist’s Eyes-Degas & Art of Hair Combing

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THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

DEGAS & ART OF HAIR COMBING

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Edgar Degas, Women Combing Their Hair, c. 1875-1876, oil on paper mounted on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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I always urged my contemporaries to look for interest and inspiration in the development and study of drawing but they would not listen.  They thought the road to salvation lay by the way of colour.

Fortnightly Review

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Mar 22

Arts Everyday Living: Looking Ahead to Summer—Little Girl on the Beach

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LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

LITTLE GIRL ON THE BEACH

 

 

 

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Peder Severin Kroyer, Summer Day on Skagen’s Southern Beach, 1884, oil on canvas, Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The beaches are beautiful with whiter than white sands and the sea water is clear and inviting…Visit the inspiring museums and dwell in the world famous paintings by artists such as Michael and Anne Ancher and P.S. Kroyer.

Toppen al Danmak

According to the website of Toppen al Danmak today, the beaches of Danish seaside resort Skagen are still worth a visit.  For more on one of Denmark’s memorable artists Peder Severian Kroyer (1851-1909), who painted often at Skagen, just click on the following two blogs:

Artists of the Northern Light—Two Women by the Sea on a Mid-Summer’s Eve

A Family Affair in Art—Memories of Summers by the Sea

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Mar 20

Arts Everyday Living: Portrait of an Aristocrat—On the Brink of Adulthood

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PORTRAIT OF AN ARISTOCRAT

ON THE BRINK OF ADULTHOOD

 

 

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James Jebusa Shannon, Lady Majorie Manners, 1900, oil on canvas, National Trust, Plas Newydd, Anglesey, Wales

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A beautiful body perishes but a work of art does not.

Leonardo da Vinci*

Although James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923) was born in the United States, the future artist moved to England when he was in his teens, soon studying at British art schools. He eventually won acclaim as a portrait painter, his subjects often including members of the aristocracy such as 17 year old Lady Majorie Manners above. Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has left posterity numerous reflections and theories regarding art in his Notebooks; however, I was not able to find the source of the quote above.

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Mar 18

Arts Everyday Living: Through a Botanical Artist’s Eyes—Wildflowers of South Africa

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THROUGH A BOTANICAL ARTIST’S EYES

WILDFLOWERS OF SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

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Marianne North, Wild Flowers of Ceres, South Africa, c. 1882, oil on canvas?, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London, UK

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None can have a healthy love of flowers unless he loves the wild ones.

Forbes Watson

British artist and botanical painter Marianne North (1830-1890) traveled the world, immortalizing exotic flowers and plants including the striking arrangement from South Africa above.  I was able to find little about Forbes Watson, although his observation about wild flowers is often quoted.

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Mar 16

Arts Everyday Living: A House of Cards—The Solitary Player

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A HOUSE OF CARDS

THE SOLITARY PLAYER

 

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Jean-Simeon Chardin, House of Cards, 1736-1737, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK

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A structure or plan that is insubstantial and subject to imminent collapse, as a structure made by balancing playing cards against each other.

House of Cards, definition, from dictionary. com

French 18th century artist Jean-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) was a master of genre scenes such as House of Cards (a theme repeated by the painter), recreating the everyday activities of the rising middle class.

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Mar 14

Arts Everyday Living: The World of Van Gogh–These Shoes Are Made for Walking?

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THE WORLD OF VAN GOGH

THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR WALKING?

 

 

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Vincent van Gogh, Shoes, 1888, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

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You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

Publius Syrus*

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) not only created portraits of people, but also of the objects around him, including the pair of shoes above.  The words of wisdom of ancient Roman Publius Syrus (85-43 B.C.) have endured in books such as The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus* (by D. Lyman).

You might want to test your knowledge of Vincent’s art by clicking:

Masterpiece Quiz: Vincent van Gogh at Home

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Mar 12

Arts Everyday Living: Summer in March–Crimson Roses, Impressionist Sunlight

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SUMMER IN MARCH

CRIMSON ROSES, IMPRESSIONIST SUNLIGHT

 

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Philip Leslie Hale, Crimson Rambler, 1908, oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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You love the roses—so do I.  I wish

The sky would rain down roses….

George Eliot, Roses

American Impressionist Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931) created the haunting Crimson Rambler at his home near Boston, where he lived with wife and fellow artist Lillian Westcott Hale; his sister Ellen Day Hale also had a career in painting.  Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), better known as George Eliot, is one of the major forces in British literature, the author of classic works such as The Mill on the FlossSilas Marner, and Middlemarch.

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Mar 10

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Italian Artist’s Eyes—The Art of Heavenly Music

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THROUGH AN ITALIAN ARTIST’S EYES

THE ART OF HEAVENLY MUSIC

 

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Orazio Gentileschi and Giovanni Lanfranco, St. Cecilia and an Angel, c. 1617/1618 & c. 1621/1627, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Saint Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music, because she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married, and is represented with an organ….

Saints and Angels—Catholic Online

Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) and Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647) were both Italian painters creating during the Mannerist and Baroque periods of art.  Gentileschi was also the father of Artemisia who has in recent years gained fame for her powerful works as well as her struggles as an early woman artist.

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Mar 08

Arts Everyday Living: Renoir and the Flowers of Light—Glorious Gladioli

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RENOIR AND THE FLOWERS OF LIGHT

GLORIOUS GLADIOLI

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gladioli in a Vase, c. 1875, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK

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Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

Theodore Roethke, The Stony Garden

Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) continues to uplift viewers with his dozens of resplendent floral interpretations; Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) often used the imagery of plants and flowers in his verse.

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Mar 06

Arts Everyday Living: A Boy’s Life—Solitary Fishing

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A BOY’S LIFE

SOLITARY FISHING

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H.A. Brendekilde, Fishing Boy, detail, c. 1890s, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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…..To forget oneself is to be happy.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Memories and Portraits

Childhood was a popular subject of both Danish artist H. A. Brendekilde (1857-1942) and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).  To experience more of their works, click the links below.

Dreams of Childhood

Happy New Year—Hope, Smiles, and the Art of Childhood

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Full painitng

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