Stories By James W Singer
Painting of the Week: John Singer Sargent, Madame XJanuary 12, 2020
Happy Birthday, John Singer Sargent! If you were alive, you would be 164 years old! The world has changed substantially since 12 January 1856, however your legacy has stood enduringly. You are still considered the leading...
Painting of the Week: Ford Madox Brown, The Last of EnglandDecember 29, 2019
Out of the cold English air comes a man tired from a hard day’s work. He enters his home where his loving wife waits with a hot meal to warm his cold body. They sit in...
Winter in Paris: Gustave Caillebotte, Rooftops in the SnowDecember 15, 2019
You open your eyes to the early morning light filtering through your windows. You instantly feel the cold air of the bedroom as you see your warm breath rise in clouds above your bed. It is...
Painting of the Week: Fowling in the MarshesDecember 1, 2019
Ancient Egypt. The famous land of Tutankhamun evokes popular images of pyramids, mummies, and tombs. It left an artistic heritage that is still admired and appreciated thousands of years later. Tomb paintings are part of this...
Painting of the Week: Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Two AngelsNovember 17, 2019
On the surface, Fra Filippo Lippi’s, Madonna and Child with Two Angels appears to be another typical Renaissance painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. It is beautifully painted in bold colours, smooth lines,...
Painting of the Week: Sir William Orchardson, The First CloudNovember 3, 2019
At first glance, Sir William Orchardson’s The First Cloud is a late Victorian domestic scene that appears to be tranquil, refined, and placid. However, at second view the luxurious elegance exposes the hypocrisy, double-standards, and bankrupted...
Painting of the Week: Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying HolofernesOctober 13, 2019
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656) was the most accomplished female painter of the Italian Baroque. She specialized in Biblical scenes of strong women fulfilling their higher destinies. Her most famous painting, Judith Slaying Holofernes, not only...
Painting of the Week: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The SwingSeptember 29, 2019
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was the most prolific French painter of the 18th century. He created over 550 paintings embodying the spirit of the Rococo age. His most famous painting, The Swing, not only captures the humour...
Painting of the Week: Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pilgrimage to the Isle of CytheraSeptember 15, 2019
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 – 1721) was the most influential French painter of the 18th century. His painting Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera captures the frivolity and sensuousness of Rococo painting, but it also captures the...
Painting of the Week: François Boucher, Madame de PompadourSeptember 1, 2019
François Boucher (1703 – 1770) was the most celebrated French painter of the 18th century. His painting Madame de Pompadour captures the beautiful mistress of King Louis XV. She is at the height of her courtly...
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