Jul 20

Arts Everyday Living: Edvard Munch’s Ideal—Portrait of Eva, the Soul of Beauty

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EDVARD MUNCH’S IDEAL

PORTRAIT OF EVA, THE SOUL OF BEAUTY

 

 

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Edvard Munch, The Brooch, Eva Mudocci, 1903, lithograph, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

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There will be pictures of real people who breathed, suffered, felt, loved.

Edvard Munch, St. Cloud Manifesto, 1889

Women were an essential part of the art of Edvard Munch (1863-1941); among his models was Eva Mudocci, a talented British violinist whom he befriended.

To view more of Munch’s female interpretations, click:

Beyond the Scream: Three Girls on a Bridge

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Jul 18

Arts Everyday Living: Portrait of a Child–Through the Eyes of an American Folk Artist

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PORTRAIT OF A CHILD

THROUGH THE EYES OF AN AMERICAN FOLK ARTIST

 

 

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Ammi Phillips. Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog, 1830-1835, oil on canvas, American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York

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Since 1961, the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications and educational programs….Its collection includes more than 7,000 art works  dating from the 18th century to the present from compelling portraits to dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of medium.

American Folk Art Museum website

Folk artist Ammi Phillips (1788-1865) created some 500 portraits mainly in the northeastern part of the United States. He utilized the vibrant colors and two-dimensional forms often associated with this distinctly American style that can be viewed in the American Folk Art Museum in New York City as well as other museums throughout the country.

For another blog on folk art expressions, click:

A Supernova Quilt

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Jul 16

Arts Everyday Living: John Singer Sargent & Friends in the Garden of an Italian Villa

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JOHN SINGER SARGENT & FRIENDS

IN THE GARDEN OF AN ITALIAN VILLA

 

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John Singer Sargent, The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

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You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.

John Singer Sargent*

American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was a virtuoso of the brushstroke, evident in both formal portraits of the rich and famous of his day as well as the more casual portrayal of his painter friends above.

*From Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes by George Allen Durkee.

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Jul 14

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Loafing—Through an Impressionist’s Eyes

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THE ART OF LOAFING

THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

 

 

 

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Jean-Louis Forain, The Fisherman, 1884, oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

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Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.

Attributed to E.W. Howe

Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931) was a French Impressionist, exhibiting in several of their group shows; he admired Degas, often depicting scenes of Parisian night life as well as ballet dancers.  American E. W. or Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937) established a reputation as a novelist plus newspaper and magazine editor, particularly known for his humor.

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For more on fishing in art, click:

John Singer Sargent: Gone Fishing

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Jul 12

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of the Portrait—The Doomed King Times Three

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THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT

THE DOOMED KING

 

 

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Anthony van Dyck, Charles I in Three Postions (Triple Portrait), 1635-1636, oil on canvas, Royal Collection, London, UK

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King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1600-1649). His power struggles with Parliament resulted in the English Civil War (1642-1648) in which Charles was defeated.  He was tried for treason and beheaded in 1649.

Free Dictionary

Flemish Baroque artist Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) is best remembered for his striking portraits of the ill-fated King Charles I and family including Queen Consort Henrietta Maria below.

And for Van Dyck’s Self-Portrait, click:

The Artist and the Sunflower

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Anthony van Dyck, Princess Henrietta Maria of France and Queen Consort of England, 1636-1638, oil on canvas, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

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Jul 10

Arts Everyday Living: Childe Hassam, America’s Monet–In a French Garden

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CHILDE HASSAM, AMERICA’S MONET

IN A FRENCH GARDEN

 

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Childe Hassam, Geraniums, 1888-1889, oil on canvas, The Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, NY

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Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impressions which nature makes upon the eye and brain.

Childe Hassam*

I’ve done several blogs on American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) over the years. Like many of his countrymen, Hassam lived in Paris for a period of time.  For example, Geraniums above was created when he was spending the summer with friends at Villiers-le-Bel, outside of Paris.  Almost obscured by the multiple pots is Hassam’s wife sewing.

*From blog of North Carolina Museum of Art and article America’s Monet.

Source is Americans in Paris (1860-1900) by Kathleen Adler, Erica E. Hirshler and E. Barbara Weinbeg, along with other authors,  National Gallery Company Limited, London, 2006.

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Jul 08

Arts Everyday Living: The White Cat—A Refuge from the Trials of Life

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THE WHITE CAT

A REFUGE FROM THE TRIALS OF LIFE

 

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Clement Burlison, The White Cat, date unknown, oil on canvas, Durham County Council, Durham City, UK

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There are two means of  refuge from the miseries of life.  Music and cats.

Albert Schweitzer

It is rare when so little information is available about the artist and his works of art.  I do know that Clement Burlison was a nineteenth century British painter; his dates are from 1815-1899.  Fortunately, The White Cat and other paintings can be viewed online. In addition, the quote of humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965),  is not sourced, but is popular on the internet.  Besides being praised for his medical mission in Africa as well as philosophical writings, Schweitzer was also an organist, specializing in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Jul 06

Arts Everyday Living: Impressionist Eva Gonzales—A Taste for Dessert Apples

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IMPRESSIONIST EVA GONZALES

A TASTE FOR DESSERT APPLES

 

 

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Eva Gonzales, Pommes d’Api, 1877-1878, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

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A small, crisp variety of dessert apples, brightly flushed and formally much valued for their decorative qualities.

Pommes d’Api, translation and definition, Oxford Dictionaries

Eva Gonzales (1849-1883), like her colleagues Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, is often grouped with the Impressionists, although she never officially exhibited with them.  She was also the sole student of artistic pioneer Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and married to engraver Henri Guerard.  Gonzales lived only into her early thirties, dying in childbirth within days of her teacher and mentor.

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Jul 04

Arts Everyday Living: Happy Fourth of July! The Art of Fireworks!

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

THE ART OF FIREWORKS!

 

 

 

 

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Edward Middleton Manigault, The Rocket, 1909, oil on canvas, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

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Many ways to say goodnight.

Fireworks at a pier on Fourth of July

spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes.

They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit.

Rockets make a trajectory of gold-and-blue and then go out.

Carl Sandburg, Good Night, excerpt

Fireworks have been an important symbol of the Fourth of July in the United States. The Rocket by early 20th century American artist Edward Middleton Manigault (1887-1922), with its unforgettable multi-colored brushstrokes shimmering against a black night sky, complements the interpretation of a similar pyrotechnic display by fellow countryman poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967).

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Jul 02

Arts Everyday Living: The Meeting of East & West—A Profile of Loveliness

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THE MEETING OF EAST & WEST

A PROFILE OF LOVELINESS

 

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Fujishima Takeji, Profile of a Woman, 1926-1927, oil on panel, Pola Museum of Art, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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The building of the Pola Museum was envisioned on the basis of a “symbiosis between Hakone’s natural beauty and the works of art” concept.

Pola Museum Website

Set in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Pola Museum, which just opened in 2002, has a diverse collection of both Japanese and Western art. The works of Fujishima Takeji (1867-1947) were often influenced by his native heritage and European artistic movements.

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