Happy Halloween with Bohumil Kubišta

My daily art calendar always provides a teachable moment.  Today, on Halloween, I was greeted by the artist, Bohumil Kubišta’s painting “Still Life with a Skull.”   My first thought was: … Continue reading Happy Halloween with Bohumil Kubišta

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 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Gustave Caillebotte

The Art of Remembering Portraits of Persistence

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all … Continue reading The Art of Remembering Portraits of Persistence

Jean-Étienne Liotard and The Chocolate Paintings

If you love chocolate, this is your day.  According to several on-line sources, July 7th was designated as World Chocolate Day around 2009.  The history of chocolate celebrations, however, dates … Continue reading Jean-Étienne Liotard and The Chocolate Paintings

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 … Continue reading Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Venice Connection

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with François Boucher

I am celebrating Valentine’s Day with François Boucher, a French painter, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings.  He lived in the flamboyant Rococo age renowned for its highly ornamental … Continue reading Celebrating Valentine’s Day with François Boucher

Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation

There were three at the first meeting held in the home of John Millais’s parents in 1848: John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.  Humble beginnings for … Continue reading Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation

The Annunciation – Journeys & Destinations

The story of the Annunciation is one of the most frequent themes in Christian art, most notably depicted by the artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This is a … Continue reading The Annunciation – Journeys & Destinations