In time for DailyArt Magazine's travel-themed week, I put together a world tour based on paintings by one of my favorite artists, Frederic Edwin Church. Enjoy the journey!
Turner's large watercolor The Great Falls of the Reichenbach appeared in a 2012 episode of BBC's television series Sherlock. Learn why this choice was so incredibly fitting.
After enjoying a video tour of Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, I spoke to the show's curator, Dr. Eleanor Harvey Jones about Alexander von Humboldt and his vast impact on American art.
I visited Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, a delightful new show at the Princeton University Art Museum, on its opening day. The museum is currently closed, but you can read my review for DailyArt Magazine to find out why I liked it so much.
Robert Duncanson (1821/2-1872) was an early Hudson River School painter from the United States and Canada. His work is gorgeous, but we don't talk much about him today.
In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met is an ongoing exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. It provided the chance to view the works up close at my leisure, which gave me a new appreciation for this type of artwork.
I discovered it while choosing works for my recent Luminism article on DailyArt Magazine, and I can't get it out of my head. It seems to depict an otherworldly fairyland... but it actually depicts a casino town on the New Jersey shore.
If you enjoy the works of J.M.W. Turner (as I do) and want to know more about him, I suggest reading Franny Moyle's Turner: The Extraordinary Life & Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner (New York: Penguin Press, 2016). It's a detailed and comprehensive book about Turner's life, art, personality, and career. This post is about some of the things I learned from the book.
Before synthetic colors, it was important to choose your paints wisely. Some artists, like J.M.W. Turner, didn't always do this, and their paintings discolored quickly.
Please read my article for DailyArt Magazine about Thomas Gainsborough's portraits of his two daughters.