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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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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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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

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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

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American Art of the Week: Edith Perry at the Window by Lilla Cabot Perry

Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933) was an American Impressionist painter who gained inspiration from a wide variety of sources as a result of her world travels. She was most heavily influenced by Claude Monet and other French artists in his circle, but she also lived and studied art in several other European nations as well as… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Edith Perry at the Window by Lilla Cabot Perry

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WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #9: What Manet’s Girls Saw

For today's prompt about writing from a different point of view, I decided to describe a work of art from the perspective of a figure depicted in the work. I have chosen Edouard Manet's Railroad (Gare St-Lazare) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., a painting noted for its opaque psychology, unclear narrative, and… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #9: What Manet’s Girls Saw