#FridayPainting: Georges Barbier “Jeanne Paquin, Gown”

Jeanne Paquin, Gown, 1912 by Georges Barbier sent me back to the flamboyant time of the roaring 20’s, when economic prosperity brought artistic and cultural dynamism to the world. From Berlin to Chicago, London to Los Angeles, New York City to Paris, jazz blossomed, Art Deco was in the ascendency and the flapper redefined fashionContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Georges Barbier “Jeanne Paquin, Gown””

#FridayPainting: Claude Monet “Rounded Flower Bed (Cobeille de Fleurs)”

Before Giverny there was Argenteuil. Whenever I think of Claude Monet, I visualize him in his gardens at Giverny. But there was another garden that is pivotal to his narrative and the narrative of Impressionism. In 1874, Claude Monet signed a six-and-a half year lease on a house at Argenteuil, which is located on theContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Claude Monet “Rounded Flower Bed (Cobeille de Fleurs)””

#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””