#FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle”

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter who was subjected to ridicule by critics during his lifetime. And yet, he became known as a self-taught genius who had enormous influence on several generations of avant-grade artists. How often have critics been on the wrong side of history? Perhaps the better question is –Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle””

#Friday Painting: Émile Joachim Constant Puyo “The Straw Hat”

The Straw Hat Today’s painting is a photograph by the French photographer, Émile Joachim Constant Puyo, who lived from 1857 to 1933. I confess that I have never heard of this photographer/artist so chose to feature Émile Puyo’s photograph, “The Straw Hat,” to gain insight into his work and the time when photography was inContinue reading “#Friday Painting: Émile Joachim Constant Puyo “The Straw Hat””

#FridayPainting Théo van Rysselberghe “La dame en blanc”

Portrait of Mrs. Théo van Rysselberghe Théo van Rysselberghe was a major player in the European art scene at the turn of the twentieth century. On October 28, 1883, he co-founded the Belgian artistic circle Les XX. This was a circle of young radical artists that rebelled against the status quo of the prevailing artisticContinue reading “#FridayPainting Théo van Rysselberghe “La dame en blanc””

#FridayPainting: Giuseppe Arcimboldo “Portrait of a Librarian” 1566

The first time I viewed a painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, I was certain that the date on the painting was incorrect. Surely, this was not a painter that lived in the 1500’s. And yet, Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s birth was recorded in Milan in the year 1527, the son of a painter. In 1549, he worked asContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Giuseppe Arcimboldo “Portrait of a Librarian” 1566”

#FridayPainting: Amedeo Modigliani “Alice”

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.” Amedeo Modigliani I have often wondered how the name of paintings are discovered for it would seem to me that the name reveals itself as the painting comes to life.Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Amedeo Modigliani “Alice””

#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”