Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

Find out fun facts about the painting Watson and the Shark for instance:

  • That funky looking shark?
  • General Watson’s lasting real life trauma.
  • The Reason behind the painting Watson and the Shark.

Rooster, Hen, and Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu

Rooster, Hen, and Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu

This piece unearths features and insights for the painting Rooster, Hen, and Hydrangeas such as:

  • What’s special about silk painting.
  • Buddhism symbols in Rooster, Hen, and Hydrangeas.
  • Flirting fowl and Edo Period values.

American Gothic by Grant Wood

American Gothic by Grant Wood

In this art blog post about American Gothic by Grant Wood, I discuss:

  • The surprising history behind America’s most recognizable painting.
  • The character of, and characters in, American Gothic.
  • Burning Frequently Asked Questions, like “How much is American Gothic worth?”

The Drifter by Andrew Wyeth

The Drifter by Andrew Wyeth

This piece about The Drifter by Andrew Wyeth includes the following topics:

  • Who’s The Drifter?
  • Behind Wyeth’s portrait picks.
  • Overwhelming emotion and isolation
  • Frequently Asked Questions such as, “What’s the painter Andrew Wyeth most known for?”

Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister

Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister

Check out the mad skills of painter Rosalba Carriera in Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister:

  • Carriera’s fame and success in 18th century Italy.
  • Sisters with intimate, interdependent lives.
  • A pastel spotlight in the secret Medici Tunnel.
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions like, “What’s the story behind the women in Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister?”

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Find out more about the painting A Princess of Saxony such as:

  • Why’s she so cranky?
  • Costume or casual wear?
  • The truth about children…
  • Plus Frequently Asked Questions including, “What makes A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach an important painting?”

The Golden Fish (The Goldfish) by Paul Klee

The Golden Fish (The Goldfish) by Paul Klee

In this analysis of The Golden Fish (AKA The Goldfish) I point to the following:

  • The music in Klee’s painting.
  • Mystery and symbolism in The Golden Fish.
  • Klee’s idiosyncratic, distinctive style.

Vaulting by Susan Rothenberg

Vaulting by Susan Rothenberg

This evaluation of Susan Rothenberg’s Vaulting covers these points:

  • How many vaulters?
  • The story of Vaulting.
  • Moving movement portrait.
  • Includes Frequently Asked Questions like, “How much is a Susan Rothenberg painting worth?”

The Tempest by Italian Master, Giorgione

The Tempest by Italian Master, Giorgione

Learn about Giorgione’s The Tempest with topics including:

  • Lightning’s inherent mystery.
  • Renaissance nudity in The Tempest.
  • The popularity of pairs.
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions such as, “What is the Giorgione painting The Tempest most known for?”

The Blind Girl by John Everett Millais

The Blind Girl by John Everett Millais

Every time I look at The Blind Girl I forget the two girls are beggars. That may be due to the blind girl’s blissful expression. Also, John Everett Millais sets them in a picturesque field of lush, joyful color.

Countess Golovina by √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun

Countess Golovina by √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun

This Portrait of Countess Golovina shows why √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun was a beloved artist. She captured the friendly essence of even the haughtiest aristocrat.

Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist

Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist

Guido Reni’s famous for 17th century Italian frescos of 17th century. But here’s his masterpiece – Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist. It captures a Bible story with a singular image.

Bedroom in Arles by Vincent Van Gogh

Bedroom in Arles by Vincent Van Gogh

Acid colors and electricity quiver through objects in Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. But with our comfortable distance, it’s a pleasure to bask in Van Gogh’s sickly greens and odd figures. After all, we aren’t stuck in his mind.

Brick House – Simone Leigh – Sculptor

Brick House – Simone Leigh – Sculptor

A powerful woman awaits on 10th Avenue Highline bridge – Brick House. She’s Simone Leigh’s glorious sculpture at 30th Street.

The Mountain by Balthus

The Mountain by Balthus

It’s easy to pick out a Balthus piece among modern artworks. His muted palette, clean lines, and surreal resonance are unmistakable. Here Balthus uses all three to give The Mountain a sense of mystery.

Two Women at a Window by Bartolomé Murillo

Two Women at a Window by Bartolomé Murillo

Concerning Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s painting Two Women at a Window:

How a painting from the 1600s still feels fresh and fun.
Symbolic shutters and borders in Two Women at a Window.
A charming bond between knowing servant and naive girl.

Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child

Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child

Mary Cassatt’s painting Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child dwells in motherhood. Its careful composition combines with a smudgy Impressionist technique. This painting captures a moment of messy mothering.

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

Marcel Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even” has two frames. They create a symbolic opposition that permeates the work.

Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers

Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers

This painting, Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers meditates on love versus art. Art wins the contest here. This piece works as a rumination on the self and identity too.

White Rose With Larkspur No 2 – Georgia O’Keeffe

White Rose With Larkspur No 2 – Georgia O’Keeffe

When we think of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings like White Rose with Larkspur No 2 pop to mind. They rouse realistic flora with a fantasy feel. O’Keeffe zooms in tight. So, it’s like the flower took a selfie.

Bathers Рby Paul Cézanne Р1890

Bathers Рby Paul Cézanne Р1890

Obsessed with nostalgia, C√©zanne painted The Bathers from memory. It’s one of his many works that dance between reality and invention. C√©zanne creates a tension here that reveres the very past it can’t quite enumerate.