#FridayPainting: John White Alexander “Alethea”

Why have I not heard of John White Alexander? John White Alexander was an American portrait, figure, and decorative painter and illustrator. His painting are housed in private collections and museums and galleries around the world: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum ofContinue reading “#FridayPainting: John White Alexander “Alethea””

#FridayPainting: Paul Berthon “Sarah Bernhardt”

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy.” Sarah Bernhardt I was drawn to Paul Berthon’s lithograph before I knew he had captured the face of the renowned Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the most famous actress of the 19th century. Her star quality never dimmed during her career that spanned from 1862 to 1923. Known as the DevineContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Paul Berthon “Sarah Bernhardt””

#FridayPainting: Rembrandt van Rijn “Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh”

Today, I want to introduce you to Saskia van Uylenburgh, the wife of Rembrandt van Rijn, who lived from 1612 to 1642. Saskia was born in the city of Leeuwarden, Friesland in the Netherlands. She came from a family of note. Her father, Rombertus van Uylenburgh, was a top lawyer, a town burgomaster, and oneContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Rembrandt van Rijn “Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh””

#Friday Painting: Ford Maddox Brown “The Irish Girl”

What a miserable sad thing it is to be fit for painting only and nothing else. Ford Madox Brown Art galleries hold stories. They are clearly evident in artwork which have been carefully placed under lighting positioned for viewers to consider the esthetics of the painting or sculpture. But there are many stories behind theContinue reading “#Friday Painting: Ford Maddox Brown “The Irish Girl””

#FridayPainting: Vincent van Gogh “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear”

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke” Today, I met up with my sister, Sarah, and mother, Frances, via Zoom to discuss solitude vs loneliness. My #FridayPainting that features Vincent Van Gogh added profound understanding of how we belongContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Vincent van Gogh “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear””

#FridayPainting: Leonardo da Vinci “The Mona Lisa”

“A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original.” Louis Armstrong Ah, the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is the quintessential archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. The world has embraced this image as the most valuable, not only in terms of monetary value, although that cannotContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Leonardo da Vinci “The Mona Lisa””