Art Guides

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

American Art of the Week

American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

I thought that the title of this painting made it appropriate for today. Willard Metcalf (1858-1925) was an influential American artist from New England. He painted this work in Old Lyme, Connecticut when he was associated with the art colony there.* I love the mystery and beauty of this painting. Who is the girl? What… Continue reading American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

American Art of the Week

American Art of the Week: World’s Columbian Exposition by Theodore Robinson

Theodore Robinson (1852-1896) was one of the first American impressionist painters, and he painted at the Giverny, France artists' colony alongside Claude Monet.* This particular painting, one of his late works, is perhaps not as characteristic of his usual style as his earlier rural landscapes. However, I chose it because of its subject matter - the… Continue reading American Art of the Week: World’s Columbian Exposition by Theodore Robinson

American Art of the Week

American Art of the Week: Church at Old Lyme by Childe Hassam

  Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is one of my mush favorite American artists. He is also has the rare distinction of having one of his paintings hang in the Oval Office. Hassam painted New England and New York - the cityscape, the sea, and the countryside; this (at least to my knowledge) is rare for an American artist.(1) Hassam's Impressionist… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Church at Old Lyme by Childe Hassam

American Art

December 4th: Late Afternoon, New York, Winter by Childe Hassam

I think we've already established how much I love paintings of New York City in the snow, since I've written two previous posts on the topic (Snow falls softly on the city: the paintings of Guy C. Wiggins and Snow in New York, the Contemporary Version). For many Americans, particularly those who live in the northeastern part… Continue reading December 4th: Late Afternoon, New York, Winter by Childe Hassam

Art History

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)