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#FridayPainting: Aubrey Beardsley “Arthur and the Strange Mantle”

“People hate to see their vices depicted, but vice is terrible and it should be depicted.” Aubrey Beardsley The year was 1893. The Studio, a new illustrated magazine of fine and … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Aubrey Beardsley “Arthur and the Strange Mantle”

Why Can’t I Touch Art?

I have a confession.  It happened a long time ago, but the memory remains firmly entrenched.  I touched a work of art.  I cannot use the excuse of youth, because … Continue reading Why Can’t I Touch Art?

#FridayPainting: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner “Potsdamer Platz”

“It seems as though the goal of my work has always been to dissolve myself completely into the sensations of the surroundings in order to then integrate this into a … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner “Potsdamer Platz”

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

#FridayPainting: John William Waterhouse “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”

British Pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse explored, in this painting, the theme of roses, early summer and fleeting moments found in the 17th century poem, “To the Virgins, to Make … Continue reading #FridayPainting: John William Waterhouse “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”

#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 … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Paul Berthon “Sarah Bernhardt”

#FridayPainting: Koloman Moser “Vision of Eternity”

Simplicity lies not in omission, but in synthesis.” Koloman Moser I confess that I have no idea how this painting reflects a “Vision of Eternity” other than the woman appears … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Koloman Moser “Vision of Eternity”

What is a Portrait?

What is a portrait? “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It … Continue reading What is a Portrait?

#FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin”

Have you ever heard of Vjekoslav Karas? I confess that I had never heard of this artist before I turned the calendar from June 2nd to June 3rd a couple … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin”

#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, … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Rembrandt van Rijn “Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh”