Black and Brown Blouse by Alex Katz

Black and brown blouse by Alex Katz

Why does the simple portrait Black and Brown Blouse by Alex Katz make me want to cry?

– Flat canvas full of feelings
– The unconscious pull of deep relationships
– A proprietary technique stays relevant

Joan of Arc (1879) by Jules Bastien-Lepage

Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-LePage

Why did Jules Bastien-Lepage paint Joan of Arc in 1879?

– 400 years later – Joan of Arc became a hero
– The 100 years war parallels the Franco-Prussian war
– A saint in the backyard … surrounded by angel messengers

Stationary Figure (1973) by Philip Guston

Stationary Figure by Philip GustonStationary-Figure by Philip Guston

What makes Philip Guston’s painting Stationary Figure a masterpiece?

– Passage of time and imminent death
– A child’s drawing… of pooling blood
– Preposterous solidity in a puff of smoke

Bleu II 1961 – Joan Miro

bleu ii by Joan Miro

What makes Joan Miro’s painting Bleu II so groundbreaking in the art history canon?

– Miro breaks the Bourgeoisie’s guitar
– A red slash stops abstract traffic
– The vast, cobalt sky highlights our insignificance on Earth

Luncheon on the Grass – Édouard Manet

Luncheon on the grass by Edouard Manet

Why is Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass or Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe a masterpiece?

– A conformist rebellion
– Flâneur – a French Impressionist version of a dandy
– The insignificance of eating at lunch