Art

Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando by Renoir

Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando by Renoir

What’s the story with Renoir’s Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando?

  • Truth about his real acrobat models
  • What oranges represent
  • Darkness lurking nearby

Harmony in Gray and Green Miss Cicely Alexander – James Whistler

Harmony in Gray and Green Miss Cicely Alexander – James Whistler

What makes Whistler’s portrait Harmony in Gray and Green Miss Cicely Alexander special? Many things… including:

  • Butterflies and muted tones = bros
  • Disappearing into the woodwork
  • Whose jacket brings the green to Harmony in Gray and Green?

Stag at Sharkey’s by George Wesley Bellows

Stag at Sharkey’s by George Wesley Bellows

Why is Stag at Sharkey’s much more than a boxing painting? Here are a few reasons:

  • Stag night & wild stags
  • A thrilled, expectant arena
  • George Wesley Bellows – Ashcan art star

Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret by Ingres

Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret by Ingres

What’s the story behind this Count’s smug mug?

  • Son of a revolutionary lady
  • The challenge of Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret
  • Bad reputation and Legion of Honor
  • Symbols vs. substance

Madame de Pastoret and Her Son – Jacques Louis David

Madame de Pastoret and Her Son – Jacques Louis David

Table of Contents for art blog on Madame de Pastoret and Her Son:

  • Aristocrats vs. revolutionaries
  • Symbols in Madame de Pastoret and Her Son
  • Working mothers of the French Revolution
  • Prison, exile, and a missing needle

Gray and Gold by John Rogers Cox

Gray and Gold by John Rogers Cox

Fascinating insights about the Gray and Gold Painting lie ahead, including:

  • John Rogers Cox: Bank Teller-Painter-Soldier-Painter
  • Fences and distance in Gray and Gold
  • Magic mixed with Realism
  • A meticulous method

The Fight of a Tiger and a Buffalo by Henri Rousseau

The Fight of a Tiger and a Buffalo by Henri Rousseau

This art blog on Rousseau’s The Fight of a Tiger and a Buffalo includes:

  • Bottoms up bananas – reality is overrated
  • Fight? What Fight?
  • Rousseau’s self esteem
  • Flowers and animals paired in The Fight of a Tiger and Buffalo
  • Jungle mystery

The Parasol by Francisco de Goya

The Parasol by Francisco de Goya

Contents for The Parasol painting by Goya include:

  • Trapped lady and free servant
  • Greenery versus greys
  • Color and the duty in the Spanish royal court
  • Six tiny, hopeful, leaves

Portrait of a Young Man in his Study by Lorenzo Lotto

Portrait of a Young Man in his Study by Lorenzo Lotto

My blog piece about the painting Portrait of a Young Man in his Study explores:

  • Details as personae in the Young Man in his Study painting.
  • Lorenzo Lotto’s secretive, telling lizard.
  • This Young Man’s dating profile.

Primavera (Spring) by Sandro Botticelli

Primavera (Spring) by Sandro Botticelli

In this evaluation of the painting Primavera by Botticelli I cover the following concepts:

  • Why Primavera is such a popular painting
  • Mythical characters featured in Primavera
  • Love stories in the Primavera painting
  • My Primavera YouTube video
Lady With a Unicorn by Raphael (Raffaello)

Lady With a Unicorn by Raphael (Raffaello)

In this piece on Lady With a Unicorn by Raphael you’ll find answers to:

  • Frequently Asked Questions including, “Who is the woman portrayed in the Lady With a Unicorn painting?”
  • What do Unicorns represent?
  • Why does Lady With a Unicorn have such a smudgy looking example?
  • What’s the story behind Lady With a Unicorn?

Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio

Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio

In this analysis for the painting Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio I include:

  • Caravaggio’s everyday perspective.
  • The biblical story behind Calling of St. Matthew.
  • Which guy in Calling of St. Matthew is the future saint?
  • A selection of Frequently Asked Questions including, “Why did Caravaggio paint Calling of St. Matthew?”

Correggio’s Portrait of a Lady by Antonio Allegri

Correggio’s Portrait of a Lady by Antonio Allegri

In this piece on Portrait of a Lady by Correggio I answer these questions:

  • What’s the symbolism in Correggio’s Portrait of a Lady?
  • Why is Portrait of a Lady a significant painting?
  • Who did Correggio paint in Portrait of a Lady?

Black Sea by Philip Guston

Black Sea by Philip Guston

Why Black Sea by Philip Guston is an important painting:

  • The inspiration behind Black Sea by Philip Guston.
  • What’s controversial about the painting Black Sea?
  • Wait a second, this is just a badly painted boot heel…

Display Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud

Display Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud

Today’s discussion of Wayne Thiebaud’s 1963 Pop Art masterpiece Display Cakes includes:

  • The precarious balance on display in Display Cakes.
  • Why Display Cakes is better than actual cake.
  • Frequently Asked Questions, like “Why did Wayne Thiebaud paint Display Cakes?”

Bonjour Monsieur Courbet by Gustave Courbet

Bonjour Monsieur Courbet by Gustave Courbet

Here’s why Bonjour Monsieur Courbet was kind of a big deal.

  • Characters details in Bonjour Monsieur Courbet.
  • Courbet’s giant ego.
  • Courbet’s prominent landscape.
The Biglin Brothers Racing by Thomas Eakins

The Biglin Brothers Racing by Thomas Eakins

This investigation of the Thomas Eakins painting The Biglin Brothers Racing includes:

  • Challenges on The Biglin Brothers Racing canvas and off.
  • After rainfall, a rushed riverside sketch.
  • My Biglin Brothers Racing YouTube video.
  • With Frequently Asked Questions such as, “Who are the two men in The Biglin Brothers Racing painting?”

The Cornell Farm by Edward Hicks

The Cornell Farm by Edward Hicks

Quaker Edward Hicks’s painting Cornell Farm features:

  • Control freak tendencies or animalistic urges?
  • A glowing warmth of holy light.
  • Popular pastor, sign-maker, and famous painter.
  • Frequently Asked Questions include, “What kind of painting is The Cornell Farm by Edward Hicks?”

Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) by Gilbert Stuart

Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) by Gilbert Stuart

Fancy lady, Catherine Brass shines in her portrait as Mrs. Richard Yates thanks to:

  • A jaunty and proud lady mustache.
  • Attitude, guts, class, and of course…. money.
  • Gilbert Stuart’s portrait mastery.

M-Maybe (A Girl’s Picture) by Roy Lichtenstein

M-Maybe (A Girl’s Picture) by Roy Lichtenstein

Learn more about the painting M-Maybe (A Girl’s Picture):

  • Lichtenstein’s use of newspaper comics-style technique.
  • Representation and commentary in Pop Art.
  • Frequently Asked Questions like, “What is M-Maybe (A Girl’s Picture) worth?”

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

Learn truths behind the false spectacle of West’s painting The Death of General Wolfe such as:

  • The General’s bloodless blouse after a three musket ball death.
  • Soldiers paid to be in this history painting.
  • And the surprising answer to Frequently Asked Question, “Why did Benjamin West paint The Death of General Wolfe?”