Happy Birthday Gustave Caillebotte

Join me in celebrating Gustave Caillebotte’s birthday by viewing a video produced by the Art Institute of Chicago featuring the extraordinary restoration of his most famous painting “Paris Street; Rainy Day.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Venice Connection

“-last words about painting, age 78… I think I’m beginning to learn something about it.”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir   Today is Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s birthday, which makes it the 178th year since his birth on February 25, 1841 in Limoges, France.  We know Renoir for being a foremost painter in the development of the Impressionist style, butContinue reading “Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Venice Connection”

Artists in the Garden: Claude Monet

  Winter brings a bitter chill and an invitation to keep a stack of books and a pot of hot tea close at hand.  This is a time of respite and recuperation.  Or so it would appear.  But as every gardener knows, our world is always in transition, at work, even when there is anContinue reading “Artists in the Garden: Claude Monet”

Happy Birthday Gustav Klimt

“Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.” Gustav Klimt Gustav Klimt was forceful, dramatic, unrepentant.  His “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” is arguably the most well-known thanks to the book and movie,  “The Lady in Gold.” Today,Continue reading “Happy Birthday Gustav Klimt”

Inspiring Impressionism

  There are two words that appear in art literature:  Influence and Inspire.  I have often wondered whether these words were interchangeable.  Or was there a subtle difference?  This question came to mind when I stepped into the National Galleries Scotland exhibition:  Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh. The definition of “influence”, according to Dictionary.comContinue reading “Inspiring Impressionism”

Edgar Degas @ 178

“Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.” Edgar Degas The art world is commemorating Edgar Degas’ 178th birthday. I have always wondered about our preoccupations with birthdays, because there are so many other days to celebrate.  Perhaps it speaks to beginnings, the prelude to being, or maybe it’s simplyContinue reading “Edgar Degas @ 178”