Unlike his father, George Vanderbilt wasn't a huge art collector. He collected prints, but beyond that, he generally preferred to spend his money on his home and lands rather than paintings and sculptures. However, he still managed to acquire quite a few notable works of art that are now on display at Biltmore. Here are some of my favorites.
My review of a fascinating book, Rogue's Gallery, about the history of art dealers. As it turns out, it's not just the artists who have big personalities, and art dealers have affected art history a lot. A fun and informative book.
I've spent the past week looking at paintings of Parisian landmarks to write this article for Dailyartdaily. I loved armchair travelling through the City of Light.
Impressionism is one of the most famous and well-loved styles in western art history. It's well known for haystacks and waterlilies by Monet, dancers by Degas, and beautiful women by Renoir. Learn about Impressionism's main ideas and controversial origins.
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
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose is a lovely, dreamlike painting by John Singer Sargent. It depicts two little girls with Japanese lanterns in a setting of pale flowers.
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
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 Impressionist Lilla Cabot Perry's beautiful painting of her daughter sitting by the window.
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