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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

Cleveland Museum of Art – Open Access

We live in a world that offers seemingly unlimited access to what was previously only available to the select view.  Times are changing. In January, Cleveland Museum of Art threw … Continue reading Cleveland Museum of Art – Open Access

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.