Category Archives: 19th Century

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black, 1871, oil on canvas, 56.8” x 63.9”, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo from Wikipedia James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black, 1871, oil on canvas, 56.8” x 63.9”, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo from Wikipedia.

Whistler’s Mother

This old gal still holds a fascination for viewers 145 years after James McNeill Whistler painted her. The American expatriate artist gave the painting the title, Arrangement in Grey and Black because his primary interest was to create a balanced … Continue reading

Charles-François Daubigny, Spring, 1862, oil on panel, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, artwork in the Public Domain. Charles-François Daubigny, Spring, 1862, oil on panel, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, artwork in the Public Domain.

What is the Barbizon School?

The Barbizon School is a group of French painters who lived in the village of Barbizon near the Forest of Fontainebleau and worked roughly from 1830-70. A precursor to Realism, these artists’ subjects were taken from the French countryside, often … Continue reading

Shiviti Amulet; Taddana, Morocco; 19th Century, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkley, CA, Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License Shiviti Amulet; Taddana, Morocco; 19th Century, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkley, CA, Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License

Just a Second: Shiviti

A shiviti is a representation of a candlestick that is used for the meditation of God’s name in the Jewish religion. A shiviti displays the name of God above the Temple seven-branch candelabrum. Shiviti is the first word in the Hebrew … Continue reading

Gustave Courbet, Self-Portrait with Pipe, Gustave Courbet, Self-Portrait with Pipe, 1848-9, oil on canvas, 45 x 37 cm, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France, Photo in Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Happy Birthday Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet French Realist Painter Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet was born on June 10, 1819 to Régis and Sylvie Oudot Courbet in Ornans, France. The charismatic leader of the Realist Movement rejected the artificiality of Neoclassical art and the prevailing Romantic style, preferring … Continue reading

Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), 1892, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”, Qatar Museums, Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), 1892, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”, Qatar Museums, Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Why Gauguin?

Last week, artnews reported that Qatar purchased Paul Gauguin’s painting, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), for a rumored $300 million in a private sale. This is the highest price ever paid for a work of art. Since its … Continue reading

Goya, art, painting Francisco Goya, Charles IV of Spain and His Family, 1800, oil on canvas, 9’17” x 11’, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Subversive Francisco Goya

King Charles IV did not reject Francisco Goya’s less than flattering group portrait, Charles IV of Spain and His Family, but we know he didn’t like it much. This is not a surprise. One easily could argue that Goya made … Continue reading

Berthe Morisot, Hollyhock, oil on canvas, 1880, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Berthe Morisot, Hollyhock, oil on canvas, 1880, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Happy Birthday Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot French Impressionist Painter Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot, born on January 14th, 1841 in Bourges, was one of only three women who were members of the French Impressionist group of artists in Paris.  Daughter of Edme Tiburce Morisot, a high-level government official, and … Continue reading

Asher Brown Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849, 46.1” x 36.2”, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Asher Brown Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849, 46.1” x 36.2”, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Happy Autumn from Asher B. Durand

This iconic painting by Asher B. Durand depicts the artist’s mentor and close friend, Thomas Cole, the leader of the Hudson River School, in conversation with the poet William Cullen Bryant. The pair stands at a distance from Kaaterskill Falls … Continue reading

Julia Margaret Cameron, The Angel at the Tomb, 1869-70, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Julia Margaret Cameron, The Angel at the Tomb, 1869-70, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Happy Birthday Julia Margaret Cameron

British photographer Julia Margaret Pattle was born on June 11th, 1815 in Calcutta, India to Adeline de l’Etang, a French aristocrat, and James Pattle, a British official of the East India Company. In 1838, in Calcutta, she married Charles Hay … Continue reading

William Morris, Drawing for block-printed fabric Tulip and Willow, 1873, Public Domain vis Wikimedia Commons. William Morris, Drawing for block-printed fabric Tulip and Willow, 1873, Public Domain vis Wikimedia Commons.

Happy Birthday William Morris

William Morris, the British artist and writer, was born in east London on March 24th, 1834 to William Morris and Emma Morris Shelton. Morris is best known for his highly influential textile designs and association with the Pre-Rapahelite Brotherhood, but … Continue reading

Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885, oil on canvas, 30.2" × 48.5", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885, oil on canvas, 30.2

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, the American painter and printmaker, was born on February 24th, 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Benson Homer.  Homer began his career as a commercial illustrator in Boston, after which Harper’s Weekly sent him to … Continue reading