Celebrating Paul Cézanne’s 180th Birthday.

“Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” Paul Cézanne One hundred and eighty years ago, on January 19, 1839, Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence,  a city-commune in the south of France, approximately 30 kilometers north of Marseille. “One had to immerse oneself in one’s surroundings and intensely study nature or one’s subject to understandContinue reading “Celebrating Paul Cézanne’s 180th Birthday.”

Happy Birthday Jonathan Eastman Johnson

  The American painter Jonathan “Eastman” Johnson was born today, in 1824.  His birthplace was Lovell, Maine, which is situated by Kezar Lake in Oxford County, Maine. In the 19th century the Kezar River provided water power for the giants of industry.  Lovell was the centre for mills that generated spools, long lumber, axe handles,Continue reading “Happy Birthday Jonathan Eastman Johnson”

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”

Celebrating the Ordinary – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Turnips! There is something extraordinary about this modest white, bulbous taproot that comes in various sizes, the small tender ones destined for human consumption and their larger cousins that feed  livestock. Whether they are called rutabaga or neeps, they are rich in vitamin C, low in calories, and have the additional nutritional benefits of fiberContinue reading “Celebrating the Ordinary – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin”

Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci

April 15th marks the birth of Leonardo da Vinci.  Historians and scholars have given him the title, Renaissance Man, because of his breadth and depth of knowledge from architecture to paleontology, botany to engineering, geology to astronomy, and much more. Many have written about his brilliance, but what I find most remarkable is his humanity. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci”

Happy Birthday, Pierre-Auguste Renior

“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir “The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by whichContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Pierre-Auguste Renior”