In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met is an ongoing exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. It provided the chance to view the works up close at my leisure, which gave me a new appreciation for this type of artwork.
We often talk about genres of paintings the way we might talk about genres of movies or books. But then we also talk about genre painting being one of those genres. That might be confusing, so it's important to understand the difference.
Henry Ossawa Tanner was a talented artist who made beautiful religious and genre paintings in the mid-19th and early-20th centuries. He was also the first African-American to become internationally successful as an artist. I just love Tanner's work. Read my article about him on DailyArt Magazine to find out about his life, career, and experiences in Paris.
Day 21 of a fine art Advent calendar is a lovely painting of a family dancing around the Christmas tree by Danish artist Viggo Johansen.
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