Suzanne Valadon: Young Girl in Front of a Window

“Young Girl in Front of a Window” Suzanne Valadon, 1930 Susanne Valadon (1865-1938) was a French artist and model, best remembered for her paintings of the Parisian avant-garde. Born Marie-Clémentine Valadon in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, France, she was the daughter of a seamstress and a farmer. Montmartre, the bohemian quarter of Paris, was her home. She supportedContinue reading “Suzanne Valadon: Young Girl in Front of a Window”

Still Life: Flowers in a Glass Vase with a Cricket in a Niche by Rachel Ruysch

Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750) is one of the most celebrated artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Her still-life paintings are renowned for both their technical skill and their impressive creativity. In her works, she often depicted a variety of flowers in stunning arrangements. She had a marvelous ability to capture the beauty of each flower inContinue reading “Still Life: Flowers in a Glass Vase with a Cricket in a Niche by Rachel Ruysch”

Sir Henry Raeburn: Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch

The portrait of Reverend Robert Walker, known by its popular title of The Skating Minister, is one of the most recognizable images in the Scottish National Gallery. I remember the first time I saw Reverend Robert Walker on skates at the Scottish National Galleries. It recalled memories of skating on frozen lakes in Northern Manitoba, withContinue reading “Sir Henry Raeburn: Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch”

“Louveciennes in the Snow” by Alfred Sisley

‘Louveciennes in the Snow’ by Alfred Sisley The painting ‘Louveciennes in the Snow’, by the renowned Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, is a serene winter landscape. The painting depicts a small village in the French countryside, blanketed with a thick layer of snow. Surrounded by trees and hills, with a gray sky and a few patchesContinue reading ““Louveciennes in the Snow” by Alfred Sisley”

Opening Day! We Love Vermeer!

Opening Day February 10, 2023 Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum February 10 – June 4, 2023, The Rijksmuseum promised the largest Johannes Vermeer exhibition, entitled Vermeer. The magnitude of this exhibition was envisioned in the research projects leading up to the February 10, 2023 opening.  Today, I am traveling virtually to The Rijksmuseum to find the stories behindsContinue reading “Opening Day! We Love Vermeer!”

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”