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

The painting of a young woman playing a mandolin resonated. The rich colours of her clothing, set against the light green to dark green background added drama to the portrait. The woman’s faraway gaze and her right hand poised over the strings of the instrument created a tension and expectation that music would come fromContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin””

#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””