Painting of the Week: Mary Cassatt, Little Girl in a Blue ArmchairMarch 10, 2019
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she became friends with Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists as one of “les trois grandes dames”...
The Art of Portraying SistersMarch 9, 2019
March is Women’s History Month, a great time to celebrate sisterhood in all its meanings. It’s not surprising that many artists having sisters, painted their portraits, especially early in the career. They were probably easily available for modelling...
All About Oscar for the Day After the OscarsFebruary 25, 2019
I’m writing this post before the night of the Oscars but I’m not going to tell you my bets, guesses and hopes for the winners. I thought that I would focus on the name Oscar instead and show...
Painting of the Week: Gustave Courbet, Woman with a ParrotFebruary 10, 2019
Gustav Courbet, the enfant terrible of French 19th-century art, did everything he could to save himself in the memory of the contemporary art critics. After the success of Cabanel’s Birth of Venus at the Salon of 1863, Courbet wanted to...
Intersection of Coffee and Creating: Coffee Shops and Their PurposeFebruary 5, 2019
The actual art of coffee making has steadily been growing for years. We have surpassed and moved past instant coffee, on to specialty coffee shops and their frozen and blended coffee drinks, hot chocolates, and sweet recipes, and now...
Painting of the Week: Edouard Manet, The RailwayFebruary 3, 2019
In 1873 when this painting was created by the realist master Édouard Manet, the Gare Saint–Lazare was the largest and busiest train station in Paris. But here it is rather invisible. The main subject of the piece is the...
Into the Abyss: The Forgotten Pietro CanonicaFebruary 1, 2019
A prominent, famous and revered artist in his lifetime, Pietro Canonica has been relegated to the sidelines of Italian art history. Skilled and beautiful as it works were, his commissions from aristocracy and fascist governments caused him to...
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