George Inness’ Parallel Universe

George Inness, Sunny Autumn Day, 1892, oil on canvas, 31 7/8” x 41 11/16”, Cleveland Museum of Art, Photo by pirano Bob R via Fickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. George Inness, Sunny Autumn Day, 1892, oil on canvas, 31 7/8” x 41 11/16”, Cleveland Museum of Art, Photo by pirano Bob R via Fickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

George Inness, the American landscape painter, was at different points in his career associated with the American Hudson River School and the French Barbizon School of landscape painting; yet, it’s the work he did at the end of his career … Continue reading

Just a Second: Obelisk

Obelisk in St. Peter's Square, Rome, Photo by Danbu14, Creative Commons  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Obelisk in St. Peter's Square, Rome, Photo by Danbu14, Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Obelisk (noun) A four-sided monument with a pyramid-shaped, pointed top that originated in ancient Egypt.  The shape is thought to be inspired by the rays of the sun. The obelisk that today stands in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Man Ray

Man Ray, Tears, 1930-1932, gelatin silver print, 9 x 11 3/4 in., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Photo by William Cromar via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. Man Ray, Tears, 1930-1932, gelatin silver print, 9 x 11 3/4 in., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Photo by William Cromar via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Man Ray Photographer, Dada and Surrealist Artist Emmanuel Radnitzky was born on August 27th, 1890 in Philadelphia, PA to Russian Jewish immigrants.  His father was a garment worker.  Man Ray died on November 18, 1976 in Paris where he is buried.

Take Five: Why Forgers Succeed

Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1660, oil on canvas, 17.9” x 16.1”, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1660, oil on canvas, 17.9” x 16.1”, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

By now, you may have heard about Pei-Shen Qian, the Chinese artist living in Queens, NY who forged over 60 paintings by Abstract Expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock.  An art dealer from Long Island, … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter, Christa and Wolfi, 1964, oil on canvas, 59 x 51 1/4 in., Art Institute of Chicago, Photo by Kent Baldner via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. Gerhard Richter, Christa and Wolfi, 1964, oil on canvas, 59 x 51 1/4 in., Art Institute of Chicago, Photo by Kent Baldner via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

“When I paint from a photograph, conscious thinking is eliminated. I don’t know what I am doing. My work is far closer to the Informel than to any kind of ‘realism’. The photograph has an abstraction of its own, which … Continue reading

Just a Second: Krater

Calyx Krater showing Achilles killing a Trojan prisoner in front of Charun, 4th cen. BCE, The Cabinet des Médailles,  Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, Photo via Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License. © 2013 . All rights reserved.

Krater (noun) An ancient Greek vessel in which wine and water were mixed.  Kraters come in different shapes.  A calyx krater has a bell shape with handles near the base and a volute krater has handles shaped like scrolls.  

In Their Own Words: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, The Annunciation, c. 1472, oil on panel, 38.6" x 85.4", Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commmons. Leonardo da Vinci, The Annunciation, c. 1472, oil on panel, 38.6

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci

René Magritte on Treacherous Images

René Magritte, The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe), 1929, Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 31 15/16 in., LACMA, California, Photo by profzucker via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. René Magritte, The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe), 1929, Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 31 15/16 in., LACMA, California, Photo by profzucker via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Belgian artist René Magritte created this Surrealist masterpiece that presents a realistic image of a pipe and written in French below, the words, “This is not a pipe.”  With this humorous inscription, Magritte stated something that is true but nevertheless … Continue reading