#FridayPainting: Edward Burne-Jones “Portrait of Margaret Burne-Jones” Daughter of the Artist

“The more materialistic science becomes, the more angels shall I paint. Their wings are my protest in favor of the immortality of the soul.” Edward Burne-Jones What is a portrait? Whether a painting, photograph, sculpture, poster or mural, the artist’s intention is to create an image, in which the face is predominant, that presents theContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Edward Burne-Jones “Portrait of Margaret Burne-Jones” Daughter of the Artist”

#FridayPainting: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun “Portrait of Marguerite Porporati”

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Painted over 600 portraits and 200 landscapes. She was a powerhouse.

#FridayPainting: Charles Auguste Émile Durand aka Carolus-Duran “Portrait de Mme Carolus-Duran, née Pauline Croizette”

Charles Auguste Émile Durand, known as Carolus-Duran was a French painter and art instructor. Well connected, he was renowned for his stylish depictions of members of high society in Third Republic France. Born on July 4, 1837 in Lille, a city in the northern part of France, in French Flanders, Carolus-Duran was the son ofContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Charles Auguste Émile Durand aka Carolus-Duran “Portrait de Mme Carolus-Duran, née Pauline Croizette””

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?”

#FridayPainting: English photographer “Portrait of Virginia Woolf”

My #FridayPainting was not a painting at all.  It was a photograph. The question that came to me: when did photography become art? Perhaps the better question is: when did the art community accept photography as art? When photography first appeared, art galleries believed that photography was a craft and photographers were technicians. Photography became extremelyContinue reading “#FridayPainting: English photographer “Portrait of Virginia Woolf””

A Paris Scandal – Madame X

“I have a great desire to paint her portrait and have reason to think she would allow it and is waiting for someone to propose this homage to her beauty. If you are ‘bien avec elle’ and will see her in Paris, you might tell her I am a man of prodigious talent.” John SingerContinue reading “A Paris Scandal – Madame X”