American Art of the Week

American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

Willard Metcalf, May Night, 1906. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Photo via the-athenaeum.org. 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.*… Continue reading American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

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

Theodore Robinson, World's Columbian Exposition, 1894. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Photo via the-athenaeum.org. 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… Continue reading American Art of the Week: World’s Columbian Exposition by Theodore Robinson

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

Frederick Childe Hassam, Late Afternoon, New York, Winter, 1900. Brooklyn Museum, New York. Photo via the-athenaeum.org. 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… Continue reading December 4th: Late Afternoon, New York, Winter by Childe Hassam

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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)

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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