Tag: Figurative

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…

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.

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.

Sad Portrait of the Artist’s Wife with Katherine and Philipp

Sad Portrait of the Artist’s Wife with Katherine and Philipp

Hans Holbein’s painting Portrait of the Artist’s Wife with Katherine and Philipp reeks of reality. He used all his artistic magic as Henry VIII’s court painter. That work elevated his status. But it also made him a neglectful father and husband.

The Cardsharps by Michelangelo Caravaggio

The Cardsharps by Michelangelo Caravaggio

Caravaggio tells a compelling story in The Cardsharps painting. Our newbie in the green sleeves at front plays the leading man. He cares the most and this intensity makes us feel for him. This shows Caravaggio’s hand. He’s pulling for the kid.

Las Meninas By Diego Velázquez

Las Meninas By Diego Velázquez

The iconic Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez gives us an intimate perspective on a secret world. This portrait of Spain’s King Philip IV reveals the inner court with resonant details.

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

The painting EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II presents us with seductive obscurity. Frank Auerbach was a true romantic and it shows here. This painting may seem blunt at first. But the piece demands a deeper look.

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Gossip labeled that star of Nude in the Bath as “difficult”. But Pierre Bonnard delighted in her glorious colors:

Nude in the Bath‘s otherworld feels like love.
Marthe de Méligny – model, wife, and muse.
Including Frequently Asked Questions like, ” Why are Pierre Bonnard’s Nude in the Bath paintings important?”