There is much pleasure to be gained from an exploration of three dimensional space in a two dimensional painting. Often paintings explore the depth of a room or a landscape, allowing the viewer to move along a horizontal plane in the imaginary space. Sometimes paintings will stress a vertical exploration of space. In this case [...]
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Academic madness exemplified! The prosaic thoroughness of this painting is awe-inspiring. Dear Ingre, Eakins, Vermeer, Sargeant, what do you think of this? This one of those artists whose style most likely limited his output. I imagine making a painting like this took a heck of a lot of time. It probably also drained the artist [...]
In the U.S.A. Prud’hon is probably most well known for his beautiful figurative charcoal drawings that appear in college drawing textbooks. He is presented as an expert modeler of the human form on toned paper. And it’s true. It is interesting to see what happens when his drawing expertise is translated into painting. I think [...]
A landscape by Corot is like a memory of a wonderful dessert from childhood.
Every once in a while an artist seems to hit the nail on the head, hit one out of the park, strike gold, etc. Grueze was no hack of a painter–he made a lot of really good paintings. Some of them are large and narrative, probably commissioned works, probably much adored. But there seems to [...]
He was a French painter. Two of his kids became artists; his daughter one of the few successful female artists of the time, Louise Adéone Drölling. You can find one of his daughter’s paintings in a blog post about the Met. Museum’s show “Rooms with a View, ” here “Woman Around Town.” It’s interesting to see [...]