Art Appreciation 101 · Art Guides · Art History

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 · American Art of the Week · Art History

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

American Art · American Art of the Week · Art History · Female Artists

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

Art History · Writing Prompt Responses

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)

Art Crimes · Books

B.A Shapiro’s “The Art Forger: A Novel” — more a personal reaction than a review

To be honest, I haven't been much into reading fiction lately. When I was in grade school, I used to devour juvenile and young adult novels by the hundreds, but recently I have preferred my television and movies fictional and my books factual. However, when I happened to mention to my boss that I've been reading a lot about famous art forgers… Continue reading B.A Shapiro’s “The Art Forger: A Novel” — more a personal reaction than a review