Masterpieces

White Flag by Jasper Johns

White Flag by Jasper Johns

Learn the following about the White Flag painting by Jasper Johns:

  • Is White Flag even white?
  • What’s lacking and better for it.
  • Johns and Rauschenberg – inspirations

The 110 Express Painting by Robert Rauschenberg

The 110 Express Painting by Robert Rauschenberg

LadyKflo’s Art Blog post about The 110 Express Painting covers:

  • Robert Rauschenberg stops thoughts
  • Red stripe unity
  • Where de Kooning meets Warhol

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs by Georges de La Tour

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs by Georges de La Tour

This blog post about La Tour’s The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs includes:

  • A fancy pants sucker
  • Finger pointing
  • Fraud on many levels
  • Mastery in 17th century details

Girls on a Pier by Edvard Munch

Girls on a Pier by Edvard Munch

Learn about the symbolic expressions in Girls on a Pier including:

  • Pink and feminine youth
  • Abyss of the unknown – trees in Girls on a Pier
  • A puppy surrounded with Munchian dread

Ada and Alex by Alex Katz

Ada and Alex by Alex Katz

Table of Contents for Ada and Alex by Alex Katz includes:

  • Reduced to spare parts
  • Cutthroat culture by Alex Katz
  • Abstract Expressionism versus Ada and Alex – a competition

The Lackawanna Valley by George Inness

The Lackawanna Valley by George Inness

This blog investigates several aspects of The Lackawanna Valley painting such as:

  • Why the train?
  • George Inness’s rejection
  • Opposites in harmony

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?”