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

Happy Birthday Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, Concert Singer with Glove, c. 1878, pastel on canvas, 34 3/16 x 29 7/16 x 3 3/4 in., Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Photo in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Edgar Degas, Concert Singer with Glove, c. 1878, pastel on canvas, 34 3/16 x 29 7/16 x 3 3/4 in., Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Photo in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Edgar Degas French Impressionist Born July 19, 1834 in Paris, France to Célestine Musson De Gas, a Creole from New Orleans, and Augustin De Gas, a banker.

Don’t Mess With Grant Wood

Grant Wood, Daughters of Revolution, 1932, oil on Masonite, 20” x 39.9”, Cincinati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Photo by Wmpearl, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Grant Wood, Daughters of Revolution, 1932, oil on Masonite, 20” x 39.9”, Cincinati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Photo by Wmpearl, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Grant Wood clearly did not like the ladies he painted in his Daughters of Revolution, a satirical portrait of representatives of the Daughters the American Revolution (DAR) service organization for women who are descended from someone associated with the American … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Josef Albers

Josef Albers, On Tideland, 1947-1955, oil on fiberboard, 27 1/4" x 36", Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, Photo by americanartmuseum via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. Josef Albers, On Tideland, 1947-1955, oil on fiberboard, 27 1/4

“In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is.  This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.” Josef Albers

Freake Show

Anonymous Artist, Elizabeth Clarke Freake and Baby Mary, c. 1674, oil on canvas, 42.5” x 36.8”, The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Anonymous Artist, Elizabeth Clarke Freake and Baby Mary, c. 1674, oil on canvas, 42.5” x 36.8”, The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Mrs. John Freake, of the Boston Freakes, was a real show-off.  Colonial Americans were suspicious of art, judging it too aristocratic, but they did commission portraits because they were an excellent way to demonstrate wealth, especially if you were Elizabeth … Continue reading

Make the Time: James Turrell at the Guggenheim

James Turrell, Skyspace, Air Apparent, ASU Campus, Tempe, AZ, Photo by pweil via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribition Non-Commercial 2.0 Generic License. James Turrell, Skyspace, Air Apparent, ASU Campus, Tempe, AZ, Photo by pweil via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribition Non-Commercial 2.0 Generic License.

From June 21st through September 25th 2013, James Turrell will sheath Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic rotunda inside the Guggenheim Museum in New York City with a massive work of art.  Turrell, who explores visual perceptions of light and color in … Continue reading