Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tornadoes and Separation

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Today as I was listening to the death toll rise to nearly 300 as a result of yesterday's tornadoes, I thought of this painting by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch 1863-1944. His art and his life often focused on separation and on death. His mother died of tuberculosis, when he was 5. At age 14, he watched his 15-year-old sister Sophie succumb to the same disease. The pain in this painting touches me, each time I see it. So many loved ones torn apart...

Edward Munch (Norwegian artist, 1863-1944) Separation 1896.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Quote on His 447th Birthday

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Perhaps the only painting of Shakespeare made during his life.

"Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful."

William Shakespeare from Measure for Measure.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

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Abbott Handerson Thayer (American artist, 1849–1921)
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Abbott Handerson Thayer (American artist, 1849–1921)
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Abbott Handerson Thayer (American artist, 1849–1921)
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Last Night's Full Moon


Andrew Wyeth (American artist, 1917-2009) Moon Madness, 1982

Last night I looked out my window to see a most noble full moon, and it reminded me of this painting.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Woman Artist - Berthe Morisot 1841-1895 Paints Children

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Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Alice Gamby

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Jeanne and Edma Bodeau

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Jeannie Gobillard

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Julie Daydreaming

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Little Girl at Mesnil

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). On the Veranda

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). The Little Girl from Nice Celestine

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Children with a Bowl

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Cottage Interior

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Girl in a Straw Hat

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Young Girl with a Doll
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Woman Artist - Self Portraits - Impressionist Berthe Morisot 1841-1895

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Berthe Morisot said, Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.
Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895) Self-Portrait 1885
Berthe Morisot was born in Bourges to a privileged family devoted to art. Both Berthe & sister Edma studied with several well-known painters, but Berthe was to be most influenced by her teacher Corot. She joined the circle of Impressionists; and Manet, who would become her brother-in-law, was influenced by Morisot as seen in his later works. In 1874, Morisot married Manet's brother, Eugene, & they had one daughter, Julie, who became the subject for many of her mother's paintings. Morisot herself painted a broad range of subjectd but focused on domestic life and portraits in which she could use family & personal friends as models. She commented, "I don't think there has ever been a man who treated a woman as an equal; and that's all I would have asked, for I know I'm worth as much as they."
Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895) Study for Self Portrait with Daughter Julie 1887
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Portraits of Women by Edward John Poynter 1836-1919



Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Agnes Poynter 1867


Edward John Poynter was an English Neoclassical painter and designer who served as President of the Royal Academy. He was the first Slade Professor from 1871 to 1875, was Principal of the National Art Training School from 1875 to 1881, was Director of the National Gallery from 1894 to 1904 (overseeing the opening of the Tate Gallery), and became a Royal Academician in 1876. Poynter was elected President of the Royal Academy in 1896.


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) At The Window


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Cressida


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Erato the Muse of Poetry


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Violinist


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Day-Dream


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Georgiana Burne-Jones 1840-1920, 1870


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Louise A Baldwin


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Mrs Langtry 1878


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Sweet Pea Blossoms


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919)


Edward John Poynter (English Classicist painter, 1836-1919) Music Heavenly Maid 1889

Friday, April 1, 2011

Self Portrait - American Impressionist Theodore Robinson 1852-1896

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Theodore Robinson, (American Impressionist painter 1852-1896) Self Portrait 1880s

Today is the artist's birthday.
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Theodore Robinson's (1852-1896) Beautiful Vision of the French Countryside

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Theodore Robinson, (American Impressionist painter 1852-1896) Capri 1890

Theodore Robinson, (American Impressionist painter 1852-1896) On the Cliff a Girl Sewing 1887

Theodore Robinson,(American Impressionist painter 1852-1896) Houses in France
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