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

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

Emily Mary Osborn – Nameless and Friendless

“The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.” Proverbs 10:15 Emily Mary Osborn added this Biblical quote to her famous painting, “Nameless … Continue reading Emily Mary Osborn – Nameless and Friendless

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

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 … Continue 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 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Jonathan Eastman Johnson