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A Guide to Post-Impressionist Painting

The Style Is Best Known For Fruit by Paul Cezanne Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh Island life by Paul Gauguin Who, When, and What? The Post-Impressionist movement started in Paris around 1880. Almost all the key players were French or lived in France, though the ideas spread throughout Europe and eventually into North America. Post-Impressionism can be seen in painting… Continue reading A Guide to Post-Impressionist Painting

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A Guide to Gothic Architecture

    The Style is best known for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Chartres Cathedral in France Westminster Abbey in London Canterbury Cathedral in England. Where, When, and What? The Gothic style of architecture began in 12th-century France, but it soon spread to England and then throughout Europe. It became increasingly popular and elaborate over… Continue reading A Guide to Gothic Architecture

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A Guide to Impressionist Painting

The style is best known for Water lilies by Claude Monet Ballerinas by Edgar Degas Pretty ladies by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Mothers and children by Mary Cassatt. How to recognize it Paintings have a sketch-like or fuzzy appearance. Subjects are recognizable from a distance, but they dissipate into brush strokes as you get closer. Forms are flat,… Continue reading A Guide to Impressionist Painting

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Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles (now on Daily Art Daily)

Remember when I went to Newport and saw gorgeous Lady Decies (Elizabeth Wharton Drexel) at The Elms? Well, I was so excited about this that I wrote a whole article about Giovanni Boldini (the genius who painted her) for Daily Art Daily! Check it out to learn about Boldini's art and see more of his… Continue reading Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles (now on Daily Art Daily)

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Female Painters of the Hudson River School, Part Two

    Back in March, I wrote a piece for Daily Art about female artists of the Hudson River School movement. I liked the idea so much that I decided to write a follow-up featuring five more artists, also for Daily Art. You can read it at the link below. Female Painters of the Hudson… Continue reading Female Painters of the Hudson River School, Part Two

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The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

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Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered