#FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin”

The painting of a young woman playing a mandolin resonated. The rich colours of her clothing, set against the light green to dark green background added drama to the portrait. The woman’s faraway gaze and her right hand poised over the strings of the instrument created a tension and expectation that music would come fromContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin””

#FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle”

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter who was subjected to ridicule by critics during his lifetime. And yet, he became known as a self-taught genius who had enormous influence on several generations of avant-grade artists. How often have critics been on the wrong side of history? Perhaps the better question is –Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle””

#Friday Painting: Émile Joachim Constant Puyo “The Straw Hat”

The Straw Hat Today’s painting is a photograph by the French photographer, Émile Joachim Constant Puyo, who lived from 1857 to 1933. I confess that I have never heard of this photographer/artist so chose to feature Émile Puyo’s photograph, “The Straw Hat,” to gain insight into his work and the time when photography was inContinue reading “#Friday Painting: Émile Joachim Constant Puyo “The Straw Hat””

Emily Mary Osborn – Nameless and Friendless

“The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.” Proverbs 10:15 Emily Mary Osborn added this Biblical quote to her famous painting, “Nameless and Friendless.”  The painting demands an immediate emotional response, even without knowing the back history. A young woman artist, clothed in black mourning, stands quietly,Continue reading “Emily Mary Osborn – Nameless and Friendless”

Judith Leyster at the Rijksmuseum

Judith Leyster Dutch Golden Age painter (1609-1660) ChasingART has been involved in virtual travel these past months as museums and art galleries have opened their doors and outreach to global visitors. Today, I traveled to the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands, located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South. Dedicated toContinue reading “Judith Leyster at the Rijksmuseum”

#FridayPainting: Thomas Faed “Sir Walter Scott and his friends at Abbotsford”

When I view the painting, “Sir Walter Scott and His Friends at Abbotsford” by Thomas Faed, I try to imagine the discussion. It seems that Sir Walter Scott is reading from one of his novels to a group of friends eager to hear what comes next. Some lean forward, while others sit back in contemplation.Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Thomas Faed “Sir Walter Scott and his friends at Abbotsford””