Tag Archives: Dutch art

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

Happy Birthday Judith Leyster

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

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Make the Time: “Tim’s Vermeer”

In Tim’s Vermeer, now showing in movie theaters around the country, Tim Jenison, a successful inventor and software engineer attempts to prove that Jan Vermeer, the 17th-century painter from Delft, used a mechanical device to create his images.  In this … Continue reading

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1659, oil on canvas, 33 ¼” x 26”, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Image Courtesy of 1000Museums.com.

Rembrandt van Rijn: The Magnet in the Room

When you walk into any gallery of 17th-century paintings and one by Rembrandt is in the room, you will be drawn to the Rembrandt.  His paintings glow.  In a word, they are “rich,” like a dessert can be rich.  They … Continue reading

Frans Hals, Officers of the St. George Civic Guard of Haarlem, 1627, oil on canvas, 70½” x 101½”, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Frans Hals: Party People

It’s spring break in Texas and thousands of university students will flock to places like South Padre Island and Ft. Lauderdale with a keg in the back of the car and a keen appetite for a good time, but these … Continue reading

Vincent van Gogh, The Night Café, September 1888, oil on canvas, 28½” x 36⅓”, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Van Gogh: You Are Here

You are privy to the point of view of a very sick man. The Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh suffered terribly from many diseases including syphilis, epilepsy, and alcoholism.  He also was tremendously anxious and depressed, which is why he … Continue reading

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930, oil on canvas, 20”x 20”, Collection of Kunsthaus Zurich, Photo by William Cromar under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Mondrian: Dreams of a Better Place

Following the devastation of the First World War, Dutch artists Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg founded de Stijl (The Style), a utopian art movement intended to create works of art that communicated spiritual harmony.  Both artists were Theosophists and … Continue reading