#FridayPainting: “Surprised” by Henri J.F. Rousseau

“When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself, Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!” Henri J.F. Rousseau “Rousseau was a self-taught amateur artist who took up painting as a hobby. He viewed his painting very seriously, despite facing ridicule from someContinue reading “#FridayPainting: “Surprised” by Henri J.F. Rousseau”

#FridayPainting: Amedeo Modigliani “The Woman with Red Hair”

“It is your duty in life to save your dream.” Amedeo Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani The Woman with Red Hair 1917 I purchased my first Art Calendar back in 2008 when I came across it quite by accident when meandering through the aisles of my favourite book store. The kind of book store that has bigContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Amedeo Modigliani “The Woman with Red Hair””

#FridayPainting: Aubrey Beardsley “Arthur and the Strange Mantle”

“People hate to see their vices depicted, but vice is terrible and it should be depicted.” Aubrey Beardsley The year was 1893. The Studio, a new illustrated magazine of fine and applied art, published its first issue featuring a daring illustration for Oscar Wilde’s scandalous play, Salome. The Irish playwright inspired a young English artist, Aubrey Beardsley,Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Aubrey Beardsley “Arthur and the Strange Mantle””

#FridayPainting: John Melhuish Strudwick, “In the Golden Days”

How sad it were for Arthur, should he live,To sit once more within the lonely hall,And miss to hear high talk of noble deedsAs in the golden days before thy sin.’ TENNYSON, IDYLLS OF THE KING. John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1937), an English Pre-Raphaelite painter, presents three beautiful female figures in a Medieval chamber at the bottomContinue reading “#FridayPainting: John Melhuish Strudwick, “In the Golden Days””

#FridayPainting: Vincent Van Gogh “Olive Grove”

Vincent Van Gogh sought peace in an asylum in the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. He lived there between May 1889 through May 1990. During this time he painted at least 15 paintings of olive trees. In the final months of his life, Vincent Van Gogh turned to nature to seek relief from his mental turmoil and emotional distress.Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Vincent Van Gogh “Olive Grove””

#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””