Here are fifteen entertaining, informative, and highly readable art-related books that I have personally read and loved.
Eve Kahn's new book Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907 tells the life story of Connecticut-born painter Mary Rogers Williams. Last week, Kahn was kind enough to sit down with me to talk about her book, her research, and the important work of "resurrecting" forgotten female artists.
Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) was an 18th-century French artist who specialized in still life painting. She was so good at it that she became official painter to Marie-Antoinette.
I attended a really interesting lecture and exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum about the work of Violet Oakley. She was a significant Philadelphia-area painter, illustrator, muralist, and designer. Find out what I learned about her life and art.
The Cathedrals of Broadway, from a series of four paintings by American artist Florine Stettmheimer about life in 1920s-40s New York.
My experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's major 2016 exhibition of works by Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun. Vigée Le Brun French Neoclassical and Rococo portrait painter and one of the first women to succeed as a professional portrait painter on a grand scale.
Robert Henri's stunning portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Whitney was a sculptor, collector, and founder of the Whitney Museum. Henri was an important American portraitist.
American Impressionist Lilla Cabot Perry's beautiful painting of her daughter sitting by the window.
For a fine art Advent calendar, a charming illustration of a well-dressed little girl by Kate Greenaway.
Today's painting, Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine, is my first Advent Calendar work by a female artist. I wasn't specifically looking for a work by a female painter today, just as I wasn't intentionally avoiding female artists for the first nineteen days. I'm featuring the painting because I love it; it's compelling for… Continue reading December 20th: Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine by Johanna Helena Looisen