Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent

The portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent is an oil on canvas painting depicting the wife of Sir Andrew Noel Agnew, 9th Baronet. The painting was commissioned in 1892 and is deemed to be one of Sargent’s masterpieces. It is characterized by its high-key palette, precise brushwork, and its expression ofContinue reading “Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent”

What is a Portrait?

What is a portrait? “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” Oscar Wilde, The PictureContinue reading “What is a Portrait?”

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 to the time of the Aztecs  (450 BC) who created fermented beverages made from chocolate. They believed that Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, gave themContinue reading “Jean-Étienne Liotard and The Chocolate Paintings”