Christmas-Time, The Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson, 1864. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo via metmuseum.org (CC0 1.0). It's very difficult to find genre paintings (scenes of everyday life) with Christmas settings. I assume that's because the Christmas traditions we are familiar with today have only come into being relatively recently when compared with the entire… Continue reading December 19th: Christmas-Time, the Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson
For the 18th day of a fine art Advent calendar, one of Raphael's famous Madonna and Child paintings - the Orleans Madonna of 1506.
A mysterious painting of a figure in the midnight snow on New Year's Eve, by Swedish Symbolist Julius Johann Ferdinand Kronberg. For a fine art Advent Calendar.
A personification of winter by Alphonse Mucha. Mucha's elegant female figures are synonymous with Art Nouveau even today.
Two sketches by Konstantin Ivanov showing his scenic designs for the famous Nutcracker ballet's first-ever production, which took place in Russia in 1892.
A fashionable portrait of a woman taking a walk on a winter's day, by French realism Jacques-joseph Tissot. Part of a fine art Advent calendar.
If you are seeing this (and I set the timer correctly), it means I am currently at a holiday ball. I figured the Advent Calendar should get in on the action, too. Interestingly, it is far easier to get a ticket to a glamorous and elegant holiday party than an artistic representation of one. It took me… Continue reading December 13th: Ball at the Russian Imperial Court by Dmitry Kardovsky
Painter and The Saturday Evening Post illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is beloved in the United States for his images of American life during and after World War Two - soldiers, Boy Scouts, school children, mid-twentieth century family life, and, of course, Santa Claus. My family owns an entire set of Christmas ornaments featuring his Santas in a variety of scenes at rest, work, and… Continue reading December 12th: Santa with Elves by Norman Rockwell
I looked at a lot of Magi/Three Wise Men paintings today, but something about this one particularly stood out for me. It is by Austrian artist Joseph Binder (1798–1864). I think it's a combination of things - the clarity of the image, the colors (particularly the blues in the sky), the varying reactions of the… Continue reading December 11th: The Magi by Joseph Binder
George Inness, Christmas Eve, 1866. Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, New Jersey. Photo via the-athenaeum.org. Nineteenth-century Tonalist landscape painter George Inness (1825-1894) is one of my favorite American artists. Many of his paintings feature locations in the northeastern United States that I'm familiar with. That's one of the reasons I feel connected to his works, although… Continue reading December 10th: Christmas Eve by George Inness