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John Singer Sargent

An article about Sargent's portraits and thoughts on Strapless, a book about Sargent and Madame X.

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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

Art History · Articles

Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles (now on Daily Art Daily)

Remember when I went to Newport and saw gorgeous Lady Decies (Elizabeth Wharton Drexel) at The Elms? Well, I was so excited about this that I wrote a whole article about Giovanni Boldini (the genius who painted her) for Daily Art Daily! Check it out to learn about Boldini's art and see more of his… Continue reading Giovanni Boldini’s Beautiful Belles (now on Daily Art Daily)

Art Appreciation 101 · Art History

Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

American Art · Art History · Articles · Female Artists

Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School

In honor of Women's History Month, my article about female artists of the Hudson River School went live today on Daily Art Daily - the online counterpart to the Daily Art app I've been writing for. My piece features six female landscape painters who worked in nineteenth century America. The inspiration for this article came… Continue reading Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School

Figure Skating

Skating Through Time on a Snow Day

Snow day! Who doesn't love those words? Here in the northeastern United States, we are currently having a nice snow day, which makes it seem like a perfect time to do the second part of the winter paintings series I started around Christmas time. While part one was about winter landscapes, part two is about ice skating paintings!… Continue reading Skating Through Time on a Snow Day

American Art · Art History

Christmas, Winter, and Holiday Paintings – A Scholarly Skater’s Picks, part one

Sometimes, the problem with writing about art is that I can't feature every single work that I like. I usually have to narrow things down and eliminate images that I really love because they don't fit my topic or work with my concept for the piece. I've written several Christmas and winter-related articles recently (all of which will be featured… Continue reading Christmas, Winter, and Holiday Paintings – A Scholarly Skater’s Picks, part one

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Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art – just published on HeadStuff

It wouldn't be Halloween if I didn't write at least once about creepy creatures in art. (Did you really think I wasn't going to do it this year?) Well, HeadStuff just posted my article "Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art", in which I take a look at how imaginings of witches, vampires, demons, and… Continue reading Halloween Creatures in Five Centuries of Art – just published on HeadStuff

American Art · American Art of the Week · Art History

American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

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

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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