Apr 23

Arts Everyday Living: The Return of Spring Through the Eyes of Impressionist Renoir

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THE RETURN OF SPRING

THROUGH THE EYES OF IMPRESSIONIST RENOIR

 

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Spring Bouquet, 1866, oil on canvas, Fogg Museum (Harvard Art Museum), Cambridge, MA

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Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.*

Ellis Peters

Early in his decades long career, Impressionist great Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) welcomed in the spring with the vibrant arrangement above. Ellis Peters was the pen name of British mystery author Edith Mary Parameter (1913-1995), whose Brother Cadfael series, set in the Middle Ages, aired on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater.

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Apr 21

Arts Everyday Living: The Beautiful Journalist by the Italian John Singer Sargent

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THE BEAUTIFUL JOURNALIST

A PORTRAIT BY THE ITALIAN JOHN SINGER SARGENT

 

 

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Giovanni Boldini, Lady Colin Campbell, 1894, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

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Imagine a lady with a lightning wit, a merciless sense of humor, a skill in journalism surpassing any interviewer….

George Bernard Shaw, Speaking of Lady Colin Campbell

Whether in paint or in words, both Italian portraitist Giovanni Bolding (1842-1931) and Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) seem to be similarly entranced by Edwardian beauty and journalist Elizabeth Gertrude Blood, Lady Colin Campbell.  However, Campbell would attract scandal as well as condemnation from society because of the failure of her marriage and subsequent divorce.

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Apr 19

Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Tea for Two with Pastries and A Spoonful of Sugar

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THE ART OF TEA FOR TWO

WITH PASTRIES & A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR

 

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Albert Anker, Tea Service, c. 1910, oil on canvas, Private Collection?

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Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.

Chinese Proverb

Albert Anker (1831-1910) still remains one of his native Switzerland’s most popular artists, especially admired for his realist style, apparent in Tea Service above in which the pastries stacked on the side look good enough to eat.

And to view another of Anker’s favorite subjects, click:

The Key to Paradise: A Child’s Moment of Reflection

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Apr 17

Arts Everyday Living: Wonderland of Spring–Van Gogh in Arles to the Tidal Basin

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WONDERLAND OF SPRING

VAN GOGH IN ARLES TO THE TIDAL BASIN

 

 

 

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Vincent van Gogh, La Crau with Peach Trees in Blossom, 1889, oil on canvas, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, UK

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Just now I have on the easel an orchard of peach trees beside a road with the Alpilles in the background.

Vincent van Gogh, Letter to brother Theo, April 4, 1889

Whether the blossoms of Arles in southern France where Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) created some of his most beloved masterpieces or the tidal basin in Washington, D.C., the magical wonderland of spring revitalizes us all.

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Photo, Cherry Blossoms, Washington, D.C., courtesy of J. Hart

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Apr 15

Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a Colleague of Cassatt–Children in Church

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THROUGH THE EYES OF A COLLEAGUE OF CASSATT

CHILDREN IN CHURCH

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Nourse, In the Church at Volendam, c. 1910, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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When people talk, listen completely.  Most people never listen.*

Ernest Hemingway

Ohio born Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938) was a contemporary of Mary Cassatt and like her fellow American colleague, spent most of her career in France, often depicting maternal themes and children in general.  Nobel Prize winning Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) dominated 20th century American literature with works like A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, and Old Man and the Sea.

*Byline Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades.

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Apr 13

Arts Everyday Living: Inside a French Home–Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere!

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INSIDE A FRENCH HOME

FLOWERS, FLOWERS, EVERYWHERE!

 

 

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Edouard Vuillard, Woman in a Striped Dress, 1895, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

God loved the flowers and invented soil.  Man loved the flowers and invented vases.

Jacques Deval

French artist Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) is often defined as a practitioner of intimism, an art movement rooted in the home interiors and middle-class daily living of late nineteenth and early twentieth century France. I mainly know that Jacques Deval (1895-1972) was a French playwright and screenwriter; I could not find the source of the quote above.

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Dreaming of Rose Gardens: The Music of Painting

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Apr 11

Arts Everyday Living: Who Painted This Canine Companion?–The Mysterious Artist

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WHO PAINTED THIS CANINE COMPANION?

THE MYSTERIOUS ARTIST

 

 

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Attributed to Josephine Bowes, Portrait of a Dog, date unknown, oil on canvas, Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, UK

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Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?*

Saint Basil

Was art collector Josephine Bowes (1825-1874), who founded, along with her husband the Bowes Museum in Great Britain, actually the artist of the endearing Portrait of a Dog? Greek saint and bishop Saint Basil (330-379 A.D.) was a key figure in establishing the early Christian church.

*From The Saints’ Little Book of Wisdom.

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Apr 09

Arts Everyday Living: An Invitation from Degas—Meet Young Mademoiselle Hortense

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AN INVITATION FROM DEGAS

MEET YOUNG MADEMOISELLE HORTENSE

 

 

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Edgar Degas, Mademoiselle Hortense Valpincon, 1871, oil on mattress ticking, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

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Full painting

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We were created to look at one another, weren’t we?*

Edgar Degas

The versatile Edgar Degas (1834-1917) created other subjects besides ballerinas.  Although he never married nor had children, Degas has left us with a legacy of memorable portraits of family and friends, including the captivating daughter of Paul Valpincon (whom he had known from childhood).

*Likely from a conversation with fellow artist Walter Sickert.

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Apr 07

Arts Everyday Living: Beginnings of Impressionism–Spring in the French Countryside

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BEGINNINGS OF IMPRESSIONISM

SPRING IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

 

 

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Jean-Baptiste-Camile Corot, Ville D’Avray, c. 1865, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Be guided by feelings alone.  We are only simple mortals, subject to error; so listen to the advice of others but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Notebooks, c. 1865

French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) is esteemed for his often poetic landscapes and portraits as well as his considerable impact on younger generations of painters such as the Impressionists, inspiring them to communicate their emotions through their works of art.

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Apr 05

Arts Everyday Living: In the Wilds of British Columbia—the Spectacular Lake O’Hara

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IN THE WILDS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

THE SPECTACULAR LAKE O’HARA

 

 

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John Singer Sargent, Lake O’Hara, 1916, oil on canvas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Generations of visitors to Yoho National Park have regarded the alpine splendor of the Lake O’Hara area with deep reverence.  Here are amassed the bubbling brooks, vibrant mosses, vast rock amphitheaters of snow, cloud and light……

British Columbia, Canada website.

American master John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) attained fame and fortune as the popular portraitist of the glittering, super-wealthy society of the Gilded Age.  However, by 1916 when he painted his panoramic view of Canada’s Lake O’Hara in British Columbia, Sargent was attempting to shift his artistic energies to recreating the beauty of the natural environment.

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Welcome in spring with the guidance of self-help book Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON & PAY PAL

 

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