Category Archives: 18th Century

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Marie-Antoinette with the Rose, 1783, oil on canvas, 44.5” x 34.3”, Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Marie-Antoinette with the Rose, 1783, oil on canvas, 44.5” x 34.3”, Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Make the Time: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun at The Met

An exhibition of works of art by the brilliant French portraitist Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun currently is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Because her primary patrons were members of the French aristocracy, Le Brun had to flee France … Continue reading

Josiah Wedgwood and Sons and John Flaxman, Jasperware vase with lid, c. 1790, Jasperware with applied relief decoration, 16.25” x  5.5”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Public Domain via Wikipedia. Josiah Wedgwood and Sons and John Flaxman, Jasperware vase with lid, c. 1790, Jasperware with applied relief decoration, 16.25” x 5.5”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Public Domain via Wikipedia.

Grandma’s Wedgwood China

Most people are familiar with Wedgwood’s jasperware, but not many realize the origins of the immediately recognizable blue and white porcelain. In the mid 1770’s, Josiah Wedgwood invented jasperware to meet to the rising demand in England for all things inspired … Continue reading

John Trumbull, Thomas Jefferson, 1788, oil on panel, 4.8" x 3", The White House, Washington, DC, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. John Trumbull, Thomas Jefferson, 1788, oil on panel, 4.8" x 3", The White House, Washington, DC, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In Their Own Words: Thomas Jefferson

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.”   Thomas Jefferson Happy Independence … Continue reading

Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781, oil on canvas, 40” x 49 ⅞”, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781, oil on canvas, 40” x 49 ⅞”, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Henry Fuseli: Spooky Dreams

The Romantic art movement in European art endured approximately sixty years, from the late eighteenth century until the middle of the nineteenth century.  Romantic artists attempted to elicit strong emotions from a viewer by presenting dramatic, exotic and sometimes frightening … Continue reading

William Hogarth, Tête à Tête from Marriage à la Mode, 1743, oil on canvas, 27.6” x 35.8”, National Gallery of Art, London, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. William Hogarth, Tête à Tête from Marriage à la Mode, 1743, oil on canvas, 27.6” x 35.8”, National Gallery of Art, London, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Make the Time: William Hogarth at the Blanton Museum of Art

William Hogarth was a rebel.  He rebelled against the art academy and he had something to say about London society in the mid-eighteenth century.  He didn’t like the nouveau-riche middle class, nor did he care for the gentry.  His mode … Continue reading