Art Appreciation 101 · Art Guides · Art History

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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My Experience Seeing a Live Painting Demonstration

Last Sunday afternoon (January 29th), I had the opportunity to see a live painting demonstration. This was exciting because I had never before watched a painting be made right in front of me. I met Gerard Amsellem, one of the two artists involved, at a studio tour event last fall. He and his friend/frequent collaborator Mikel Frank reached… Continue reading My Experience Seeing a Live Painting Demonstration

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American Art of the Week: Paris La Nuit by Charles Courtney Curran

I think there's something quite fascinating about paintings of Europe by American artists. It's interesting to compare how European cities look through American eyes with American scenes and with European artists' representations of the same cities. Does a Frenchman represent Paris differently than an American? How does an American see London compared with how he sees New York? Since so many nineteenth… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Paris La Nuit by Charles Courtney Curran

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American Art of the Week: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent painted this beautiful and dreamlike scenewhile residing at Broadway, a quaint English country town turned creative colony. According to the description Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends, this painting expresses several of the styles that Sargent was interested in at the time - French Impressionism, Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, and Japonisme - as well as numerous literary, musical, and symbolic references (p. .… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

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Introducing: Writer to the Arts

  I'm really proud to introduce my new business website, Alexandra Kiely - Writer to the Arts. I've been a freelance art historian since I graduated from college four years ago, but I hope that starting my website will allow me to even further establish myself. I specialize in research and writing projects, as well as related services such as copyediting, cataloging, transcription… Continue reading Introducing: Writer to the Arts

Art History · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Spotlight on Artists

Gargoyle of the Day: modern-day gargoyle carver Walter Arnold

Not much is known about the medieval stone carvers responsible for the gargoyles and grotesques on Gothic edifices, but there are many equally-skilled and talented artists making gargoyles today. Walter S. Arnold is one such carver, and he has been making gargoyles, grotesques, and other stone statuary for a several decades. He created over ninety… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: modern-day gargoyle carver Walter Arnold

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New Jersey, represented by W. Carl Burger

I just returned from seeing W. Carl Burger: The Urge to Paint at the Morris Museum. The exhibition is almost over - it closes on March 27 - so a review won't do anyone much good at this point. However, Burger's work really resonated with me, so I wanted to talk about him anyway. Burger was born in… Continue reading New Jersey, represented by W. Carl Burger

Art History · Writing Prompt Responses

Failure… or Not (WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #14)

Today’s assignment was to pick up the nearest book, turn to page twenty-nine, and write a post based on the first word that you notice on that page. In a fashion that should not surprise anyone who knows anything about me, my nearest book was Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men. I’m nothing if not predictable.… Continue reading Failure… or Not (WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #14)

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Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter

Australian photographer Bill Gekas has been getting a lot of attention recently. His work has been featured everywhere from Buzzfeed to The Magazine Antiques, and I think I'll give him some press here as well. Gekas's work consists of portraits of his young daughter dressed up and posed in the style of Old Master paintings. I… Continue reading Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter