Emil Nolde’s Intentions Are Clear

Emil Nolde, Mask Still Life III, 1911, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 30 1/2 inches, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Photo by Breve Storia del Cinema via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

As an Expressionist artist, Emil Nolde, the German Danish painter and printmaker, attempted to convey subjective and emotional content in his paintings through intense subject matter, thick brushwork, and bold color. Nolde intended for this painting of masks and a shrunken … Continue reading

Make the Time: Cubism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fernand Léger, The Village, 1914, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 39 1/2 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Leonard A. Lauder Gift, 2013, Photo via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At long last, Leonard A. Lauder’s essential collection of 81 Cubist paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you are anywhere near New York City between now and February 16th, 2015, you … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Paul Strand

Paul Strand, The White Fence, Port Kent, 1916, gelatin-silver print, 9 3/4

Paul Strand American Photographer Along with Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976) made tremendous strides in establishing photography as a fine art. His modern-style photographs are noted for their sophisticated sense of composition, an absence of … Continue reading

Grandma’s Wedgwood China

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.

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

Pakal: The Original Starman

Sarcophagus Lid, Pakal Transitioning from Life to Death, c. 675 BCE, Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque, Chiapas, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Beneath the stepped pyramid of the Temple of Inscriptions, down a steep stairway and in a small chamber, rests the tomb of K’inich Janaab’ Pakal. The ancient Mayan king Pakal, part political leader and part living god, ascended to the … Continue reading

Happy Autumn from Asher B. Durand

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

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

Make the Time: Oscar Muñoz in Paris

Oscar Muñoz, Narciso (en proceso),
1995-2011, 
Charcoal dust and paper on water, Plexiglas, 6 elements
, 10 x 50 x 50 cm each, Photo by Julian Pierre via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

If you are fortunate enough to visit Paris within the next week, make a point of seeing “Oscar Muñoz: Protographies” at Jeu de Paume. Muñoz, the emblematic artist from Colombia, investigates the capacity images have to preserve memory. The artist explores the … Continue reading

Just a Second: Kitsch

Thomas Kinkade, A Peaceful Retreat, 2002, available in several sizes in different media, Photo by Glen Dahlman via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Kitsch (noun or adjective) German for “trash,” kitsch is art that is overly sentimental and vulgar. Kitsch is considered in poor taste because it is a pale and formulaic imitation of genuine achievements in the fine and applied arts. Conversely, … Continue reading

Sainte-Chapelle If You Love Blue

Sainte-Chapelle, 1241-1248, Île de la Cité, Paris, Photo by Didier B, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic via Wikipedia.

Built by French King Louis IX, a.k.a. St. Louis, in the mid-13th century, Sainte-Chapelle almost itself is a reliquary rather than a chapel to house reliquaries. The space is connected to the Royal Palace so that the royal family could simply walk into … Continue reading

Prendergast and Summertime

Maurice Prendergast, The Bathers, c. 1918-1923, oil on canvas, 17.5

Let this painting of bathers by American Post-Impressionist artist Maurice Prendergast inspire you to revel in the last days of summer! See you in September.

Happy Birthday Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster, Boy Playing a Flute, c. 1635, oil on canvas, 28.7

Judith Leyster Painter, Dutch Golden Age Judith Leyster, born July 28th, 1609 in Haarlem, was one of the few successful women artists working prior to the 20th century. She was the first female member of the Haarlem Guild of St. … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Thomas Jefferson

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

“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