July 21, 2005

Eye Candy


Macbeth and the Witches
by Fuseli, Henry (1741-1825)

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July 08, 2005

Eye Candy


The Gleaners
By Jean François Millet (1814-1875)

Date: 1857
Location of Origin: France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Original Size: approx. 33 x 44 in
Style: Realism (Social Realism)
Location: Louvre, Paris

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May 29, 2005

Eye Candy


by Edward Hopper

Yes, this has made its way onto Popping Culture a few times before, often with long commentary. Still, I think it might be my favorite important painting ever, so expect it to bubble up from time to time.

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May 13, 2005

Eye Candy - Van Gogh style, and a letter from the man himself.


Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries, 1888, Arles, 65 x 81 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

I love the use of color here.

Fishing Boats on the Beach (above) with it's red, green, blue boats van Gogh writes to Emile Bernard "they are such pleasant shapes and colours they remind you of flowers". In three day trip to the Mediterranean Vincent paints 3 oils, 1 watercolour and 3 drawings which later he used to paint pictures in his studio. While there, he wrote this letter:

My dear Theo,

I am at last writing to you from Saintes-Maries on the shore of the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean has the colours of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing light has taken on a tinge of pink or gray.

A family is a queer thing – quite involuntary and in spite of myself I have been thinking here between whiles of our sailor uncle, who must have seen the shores of this sea many a time.

I brought three canvases and have covered them – two marines, a view of the village, and then some drawings which I will send you by post when I return to Arles tomorrow.

I have board and lodging for 4 francs a day and they began by asking 6.

As soon as I can, I shall probably come back again to make some more studies.

The shore here is sandy, neither cliffs nor rocks – like Holland without the dunes, and bluer.

You get better fried fish here than on the Seine. Only fish is not available every day, as the fishermen go off and sell it in Marseilles. But when there is some, it's frightfully good.

If there isn't – the butcher is not much more appetizing than the fellah butcher of M. Gérôme's – if there is no fish, it is pretty difficult to get anything to eat, as far as I can see.

I do not think there are 100 houses in the village, or town. The chief building, after the old church and an ancient fortress, is the barracks. And the houses – like the ones on our heaths and peat bogs in Drenthe; you will see some specimens of them in the drawings.

I am forced to leave my three painted studies here, for of course they are not dry enough to be submitted with safety to five hours' jolting in the carriage.

But I expect to come back here again.

Next week I'd like to go to Tarascon to do two or three studies.

If you have not written yet, I shall naturally expect the letter at Arles.

A very fine gendarme came to interview me here, and the curé too – the people can't be very bad here, because even the curé looked almost like a decent fellow.

Next month it will be the season for open-air bathing here. The number of bathers varies from 20 to 50. I am staying till tomorrow afternoon, I still have some drawings to do.

One night I went for a walk by the sea along the empty shore. It was not gay, but neither was it sad – it was – beautiful. The deep blue sky was flecked with clouds of a blue deeper than the fundamental blue of intense cobalt, and others of a clearer blue, like the blue whiteness of the Milky Way. In the blue depth the stars were sparkling, greenish, yellow, white, pink, more brilliant, more emeralds, lapis lazuli, rubies, sapphires. The sea was very deep ultramarine – the shore a sort of violet and faint russet as I saw it, and on the dunes (they are about seventeen feet high) some bushes Prussian blue.

Besides half-page drawings I have a big drawing, the pendant of the last one. Good-by for the present only, I hope, with a handshake,

Ever yours, Vincent

(letter via www.van-gogh-art.co.uk)

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May 02, 2005

Eye candy.


Miss Van Buren
by Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
c. 1886-90 (130 Kb); Oil on canvas, 113.1 x 81.3 cm (44 1/2 x 32 in); The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Eakins is regarded by most critics as the outstanding American painter of the 19th century and by many as the greatest his country has yet produced. Most of those opinions were formed before the Dogs Playing Poker movement hit, however.

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April 24, 2005

Eye Candy


Angel from Above
by Hua Chen

Only in a dream can one visualize the images of serenity, music and beauty illustrated in the works of Hua Chen. The heavenly women featured in Chen's luminous paintings exist in a mystical world. Using distinctive shades of pastel colors, the artist invites you into his own imaginary world filled with ageless beauty.

Hua Chen was born in 1952 in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. Between the years of 1973 and 1976, Chen earned a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art from the Anhui Teacher's University, Anhui, China. He then went on to attain a Master of Fine Art Degree in sketching, watercolor and oil painting from the Central Institute of the Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Chen has earned several titles and awards including Chairman of Anhui Oil Painting Research Association in China and is member of the Artists Association of China.

After relocating to the United States in the late 1990’s, Chen’s work became well recognized in the United States, resulting in his work being displayed in the national directory, "Artists of Chinese Origin in North America." His one-man shows have been exhibited in Japan, Hawaii, China and the United States.

Biographical information from Addison Gallery.

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April 17, 2005

Eye Candy


The Son of Man
by Rene Magritte

"The Son of Man" came about from a friend’s request for a self-portrait of Rene Magritte whose comment on it was that, “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”

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April 08, 2005

Eye Candy Classic


A Friend In Need
by C.M. Coolidge

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April 02, 2005

Eye Candy


The Singing Butler

by Jack Vettriano

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March 28, 2005

Eye Candy

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Ram's Skull with Brown Leaves

by Georgia O'Keeffe

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March 18, 2005

Eye Candy

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Don Quixote
by Pablo Picasso

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February 28, 2005

Eye Candy Two-Shot


Madame Monet and Her Son
by Claude Monet


Boats Leaving the Harbor
by Claude Monet

Water Lilies is my favorite by Monet, but is not pictured. Usually I also provide a brief biography of the artist, but Monet has been done at least once and it's time you kids started to grow up and learn a bit more about the big guns on your own. Google on, you savages, I'm not going to be here to hold your paint-stained hands forever!

PS Monet is worth the effort of studying.

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February 17, 2005

Eye Candy

Once again, because it's a favorite:

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks 1942.jpg

by Edward Hopper

Biography from artfacts.net:

Born in Nyack, New York (US)

Edward Hopper is considered to be one of America's greatest modern painters.

Son of Garret Henry Hopper and Elizabeth Griffiths Smith Hopper, initially attends a private school and then the local public school, Nyack High School

1899 - 1900
With his parents’ support, studies illustration at the Correspondence School of Illustrating

1900 - 1906
New York School of Art, studies illustration with Arthur Keller and Frank Vincent DuMond, then painting under Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, and Kenneth Hayes Miller. Painted [Solitary Figure in a Theatre]

Employed as an illustrator by C. C. Phillips & Company, a New York advertising agency

Visits Paris, painting city streets in an Impressionist manner and watercolour caricatures

Participates in his first exhibition, organised by fifteen of Robert Henri’s students in the old Harmonie Club building, 43-45 West Forty-second Street, New York

1909 - 1910
Visits Paris twice, painting out-of-doors along the Seine frequently

During winter exhibits in the International Exhibition, the Armory Show and sold his first canvas there, Sailing 1911. Moves to top-floor studio at 3 Washington Square North, New York, where he lived until his death

1915 - 1924
Learns to etch and concentrates on printmaking, producing an outstanding array of etchings and drypoints. Including: American Landscape 1920

Solo exhibition of paintings, principally of his Paris years at the Whitney Studio Club, New York. None of the paintings sell, and at thirty-seven, still dependent on commercial illustration to earn his living, Hopper begins to doubt whether he will achieve success as an artist

Begins to paint with watercolours, one is bought by the Brooklyn Museum. Awarded prizes for etching in exhibitions in Chicago and Los Angeles. Exhibits at National Arts Club, New York, in the Humorist’s Exhibition

Marries the painter, Josephine Verstille Nivison. Approaches Frank Rehn who offers him his first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery; all eleven paintings sell and five more are sold from the back room, enabling Hopper to give up commercial illustration work and encouraging him to paint in oils again

Exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia, they purchase an oil painting. Visits Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he paints seven watercolours

Paints Automat. With sale of Two on the Aisle for 1,500 dollars buys first automobile, a two-year-old Dodge. He is able to paint in remote places in both Ogunquit and Gloucester

Included in MoMA’s second exhibition, Paintings by Nineteen Living Americans

Paints Early Sunday Morning. During the summer, Hopper and his wife rent “Bird Cage Cottage” in South Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

At age of fifty-one, receives his first large-scale solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Exhibits twenty-five oils, thirty-seven watercolours and eleven prints

In July Hopper and his wife move into the studio/house that he has designed in South Truro (where they spent most of their successive summers)

Paints House at Dusk. Awarded Temple Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the First Purchase Prize in watercolour, Worchester Art

Paints Office at Night

Paints Nighthawks, purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an overnight success, becoming signature work for Hopper and an iconic American image

Awarded Logan Art Institute Medal and Honorarium, The Art Institute of Chicago

Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, touring to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Awarded honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, by the Art Institute of Chicago. Paints Cape Cod Morning

Hopper was one of four artists chosen by the American Federation of Arts to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale. Paints Morning Sun

Awarded Honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, Rutgers University. The Metropolitan Museum, about to open new American wing, purchases Office in a Small City

Gold Medal for Painting presented by the National Institute of Arts and Letters in the name of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Awarded Huntington Hartford Foundation fellowship and stays at foundation’s headquarters in Pacific Palisades, California for six months

Solo exhibition at Currier Gallery of Art, tours to Rhode Island School of Design in December and Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Receives Art in America Annual Award. Paints Second Story Sunlight

October-November, The Complete Graphic Work of Edward Hopper, runs at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Receives award from the St Botolph Club, Boston. Retrospective Exhibition at the Arizona Art Gallery, in South Truro. Paints Sun in an Empty Room

May, protracted illness keeps Hopper from painting. Awarded M. V. Khonstamn Prize for Painting, The Art Institute of Chicago. September-November, major Retrospective Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which travels to the Art Institute of Chicago and is well received by critics

Retrospective tours to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City Art Museum of St Louis. Awarded honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College of Art. July 16, death of Hopper’s sister Marion in Nyack, New York. Paints final work Two Comedians

Awarded Edward MacDowell Medal

Edward Hopper dies in his studio at 3 Washington Square North

Jo Hopper dies on 6 March

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February 08, 2005

Eye Candy


Claude Monet Painting
by John Singer Sargent

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January 27, 2005

Eye Candy, post-impressionist


Street in Tahiti
by Paul Gauguin
Currently in the Toledo Museum of Art

Brief biography here, which includes his time painting with Van Gogh.

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January 25, 2005

Eye Candy

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Ballet School
by Edgar Degas

Many art critics like to classify the works of various artists into categories. However some artists such as the French painter, (Hilaire Germain) Edgar Degas, are not quite true to the category they have been assigned. Listed as an impressionist, Degas's paintings seem an alternative to the classic impressionist style, thus marking him as a individualist in his craft.

Edgar Degas was born on July 19th, 1834 into an affluent Paris banking family. As a young man, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. While there, he developed the great drawing ability essential to his style. Originally painting classic academic subjects, Degas switched after 1865 to more of his age's contemporary themes.

Although linked with the impressionists, Degas was not fascinated as were others by the influence of natural light and did most of his work within his studio. His work seemed to stem from the humanistic experience as he paintings depicted such horse racing, circuses, the theater, and ballet. He was painstaking in his desire to capture his subjects, particularly women, in natural poses of movement and grace. His work could be compared to that of many modern day artistic photographers. He was also later captivated by a study of Japanese prints of which style seemed to influence his later work. He used the Japanese idea of asymmetrical design often using an object to set the subject to the side of a painting. An example of this would be Woman with Chrysanthemums (1865, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City) where the female subject is pushed into one corner by a bouquet of flowers.

Late in life, Degas began losing his eyesight, and with this loss resorted to a change of medium. He began working with sculpture and pastels. His sculpture was noted for its inherent movement and his pastels for their simpleness of subject with little in the way of complex backgrounds. This work, although very different than his earlier paintings, also has gained a notoriety of its own largely from its use of simple design or vibrant colors. Never really successful in life, Degas was largely discovered as a master after his death in 1917.

Biography via All About Artists.

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January 18, 2005

Eye Candy: Exotic


Im Blau
by Wassily Kandinsky

Russian born Wassily Kandinsky is considered the inventor and theorist of abstract painting in the 20th century. In 1910 Wassily Kandisnky had seen an Islamic art exhibition in Munich - a highly decorative art style that does not allow to show images of human beings. The same year Kandinsky created his first abstract painting.

If you should ever find your way to Munich, do not miss to visit the Lenbach Galerie or Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus as it is officially named. It has an incredible collection of Kandinsky paintings - mainly from his time with the Blue Rider. The paintings were donated to the museum by Gabriele Münter, another artist of the Blue Rider group. She was Kandinsky's companion until 1914 when he returned to Russia. During the Nazi rule, Gabriele Münter had stored a large number of his paintings in the basement of her house in the Bavarian countryside.

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January 15, 2005

Eye Candy


Boys in a Pasture
Winslow Homer
I just love this painting. Right now, I should be going to bed, but I can't stop staring at it. At first, I wondered what the pair were looking at, but then I realized: they were looking somewhere into their conversation, into their imaginations. I had dozens of "staring nowhere" conversations with the boys when I was Huck Finn's age, too.

For what that's worth.

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January 12, 2005

Eye Candy


Klimt, Gustav
The Three Ages of Woman
Oil on canvas
178 x 198 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome

"Whoever wants to know something about me must observe my paintings carefully and try to see in them what I am."-Gustav Klimt

A biography on this important artist can be found here.

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January 06, 2005

Eye Candy


Christina's World
by Andrew Wyeth

No long description this time. No paragraphs of text relating Wyeth's contribution to the art world, as per usual.

I'm leaving it at "this is one of two creative pieces that haunt me from my childhood." I still think about Christina sometimes. I think there was a print of this in my bedroom. What does SHE see, looking across that field? This one haunts my imagination. Sometimes I feel so sad for her and I have no idea why. I still get shivers. I have shivers right now.

The other haunting piece is the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. Imagine you are a six year old and your mother read you this BEFORE BED:

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

Good sweet Lord, I still want to hide under the covers right now. "The moon was a ghostly galleon" and the highwayman doesn't come riding, he comes "riding... riding... riding..."


Here's the whole thing if you're up to it... read it with the lights out and your imagination on.

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December 17, 2004

Eye Candy

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The Flower Vendor
by Diego Rivera

Throughout his sixty-year career, Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) produced some of the most distinctive and socially powerful works in modern art. Most famous for his murals, his monumental frescos gave life to revolutionary themes, championing the causes of the oppressed. Rivera used portraiture throughout his career to make personal, artistic and political statements, as well as to convey his Communistic beliefs and opinions. In addition to being a painter, Rivera was also a skilled printmaker, sculptor and book illustrator.

Text via Global Gallery.

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November 20, 2004

Eye Candy


by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (1525-1569)

Pieter Bruegel (BROY gul) was born in Belgium. (Sometimes his name is spelled Brueghel.) In 1551 he became an apprentice of an artist, Aelst. He traveled to Italy about that time and painted many pictures, mostly landscapes. He was about 26 years old at the time. He married the daughter of his master.

His paintings were very popular in his time, and are still popular today, over 400 years later.

In the painting "Children's Games", he shows children playing all sorts of games. Children today still play versions of some of the games shown.

He liked to paint a lot of small figures in a large space.

He was called Pieter the Elder. He had two sons who became famous painters. One of them was named Pieter, and he was called Pieter the Younger. His grandsons also became artists.

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November 14, 2004

Eye Candy Unleashed!


by Paul Cezanne
painting c. 1899
Oil on canvas
29 1/8 x 36 5/8 in (74 X 93 cm)
Musee du Louvre, Galerie du Jeu de Paume, Paris

Paul Cezanne (say ZAN) was born in France. His father was a wealthy banker and he wanted his son to become a banker. He did not approve of Cezanne's plan to become an artist, but he went on to Paris anyway. After a while, his father sent him a small allowance on which to live.

When he got to Paris, his paintings were so rough that none of the official art schools would admit him as a student. At first his paintings were done in dark colors, but Pissarro, another painter, encouraged him to paint out in the sunlight, and his paintings came alive with bright colors.

He did not like to be with other people and isolated himself, even from his friends. When he was 47 years old, his father died and he inherited his father's wealth.

He complained that he could not paint pictures of people properly, and in fact his still lifes (pictures of objects in settings) became his best works.

He was not very successful until in 1895 when Vollard, an art dealer in Paris, exhibited his works and he began to enjoy the success he had longed for.

Cezanne considered shapes to be the basic forms; the sphere, cone, and cylinder. Look at the painting, Apples and Oranges and find these shapes in the fruit, the pitcher, and the bowl.

Text from "Cezanne, The Late Work" exhibition catalog:

"This still life is painted on a white canvas whose priming is visible in the tablecloth at lower left. Compared with such a serene composition as pl. 148, set against a large, unadorned wall, this picture presents a cluttered and almost agitated arrangement of opposing elements, colors, and patterns. There are two different draperies in the back- ground: at the left--seemingly hanging from the wall--the rug with rust-brown purplish squares and a red and dark green design that was still in Cezanne's Lauves studio until World War II; next to it is a brown-beige curtain with a pattern of light green leaves and some traces of red that cascades down, met by the multifolded large white tablecloth on which crockery, apples, and oranges are assembled. At left, behind the tilted dish and half-hidden by the tablecloth, appears a small green fruit, echoing the color of the green upholstery. The dark brown background in the upper right seems related to the Vollard portrait. (This would imply that this picture may have been painted in Cezanne's Paris studio on the rue Hegesippe Moreau in 1898-99, although the milkpot is presumed to have been among the artist's paraphernalia in Aix.)

"The surface on which the elements of this still life are assembled appears somewhat ambiguous, concealed as it is by the white cloth; only one table leg can be seen at the right, whereas at the left the tabletop may be resting on the sofa whose wooden frame and green upholstery can be perceived below the round dish. The white pitcher with floral design barely detaches itself from the busy surface of the curtain at right, while the stark orange fruit form a sharp contrast to the white of the cloth and the bowl. The draperies on the top and the tablecloth at the bottom practically fill the entire space not occupied by the still-life objects proper.

"Though unusually crowded, this composition obviously corresponds to a specific mood of the artist, for, as David Sylvester has said: "An apple or an orange was perhaps the best possible subject he could have: first, because while working from nature, he could still dispose it as he wished; secondly, because it carried no strong emotional overtones to distract him from realizing his sensations; thirdly, because such objects presented, far more readily than landscape, the possibility of finding those clear and regular forms, like orders of architecture, which are needed for the creation of a monumental art."

This painting originally belonged to Gustave Geffroy.

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November 07, 2004

Eye Candy, photography


by Arthur Fellig Weegee
Their First Murder

Weegee (Arthur Fellig), American (Born Poland), 1899-1968

Weegee, who was born in Poland in 1899, immigrated to New York City in 1909, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. At the age of fourteen, he left school to support his family by working at a number of odd jobs. As a young boy he became interested in photography and worked as a street photographer for several years, later joining Acme Newspaper as a darkroom technician. This job developing film is what led Weegee to becoming a news photographer. In the 1930's he obtained his first Speed Graphic, a 4 x 5 black and white, hand-held camera with a number five flashbulb, which he used for the rest of his career. As a freelance photographer, he set up a post at the Manhattan Police Headquarters and used an officially authorized police radio in his car to arrive at news-making scenes or catastrophes before his competitors. Weegee contributed to several newspapers and magazines, including P.M., Vogue, Holiday, Life, Look, and Fortune. He also created three short films and was the subject of two; Lou Stoumen's "The Naked Eye", named after one of Weegee's books, made the photographer a celebrity..

Weegee was the epitome of a brash, cigar-chewing, wisecracking news photographer. With his stark, graphic style, he specialized in documenting, the dark side of New York City life: the violence, crime, murder,robbery, and fires that occurred in the city each day. However, Weegee also photographed more benign scenes of children playing, celebrities and their fans, and everyday life of New York City inhabitants. His spontaneous, witty, and meaningful work went beyond that of a news photographer. He once said that he wished to show that ten and a half million people lived together in a state of total loneliness.

Biographical info from here.

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November 03, 2004

Eye Candy


The Love Letter by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)
Date: 1667-68
Medium: Oil on canvas, 44 x 38.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Signature: Signed on the wall, to the left of the servant.
Provenance: The identification with no. 7 of the Amsterdam sale, 1696, can apply to this painting as well as to the Lady with a Maidservant Holding a Letter (Frick Collection, New York). Collection Pieter van Lennep, and his wife, Margaretha Cornelis Kops, then their daughter Margaretha Catharina van Lennep, and her husband, Jan Messchert van Vollenhoven. His sale, Amsterdam, 1892. In the museum since 1893.

In this painting, the use of the inverted Galilean telescope is apparent without doubt. We look at the principal scene through a doorway. The foreground is enhanced, dark, and lacks precision in the map on the left wall.

The identical map recurs distinctly rendered in the Officer with a Laughing Girl (Frick Collection, New York). The other objects nearest the viewer are also muted and almost blurred. On the other hand, the mistress and her maid, as well as the room in which they are placed, are well defined in spite of their recession into space.

The composition is attractive and treated in a decorative manner, although the two figures are devoid of individualization and resemble puppets rather than persons. Part of this shallowness may be due to damage from the theft and subsequent holding for ransom of the painting, which occurred at an exhibition in Brussels in 1971. The picture suffered much more than was later admitted, and no restorer, however skilful, can equal Vermeer.

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October 28, 2004

Eye Candy, expanded


Artist: Claude Monet
Born: 1840
Died: 1926
Style: Impressionism
Title: Impression, Sunrise
Year: 1872
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Original Size: 63 x 48 cm

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October 25, 2004

More Photographic Eye Candy


Berenice Abbott
Bread Store, 259 Bleecker Street
c. 1935-39

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October 22, 2004

Eye Candy


Photograph taken by Helen Levitt in New York circa 1940.

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October 12, 2004

Eye Candy


by Grandma Moses

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September 24, 2004

Eye Candy


Georgia O'Keeffe
Red Hills and Bones, 1941
Oil on canvas, 29 3/4" x 40"
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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September 12, 2004

Eye Candy


Ginevra de' Benci
by Leonardo da Vinci

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September 01, 2004

Eye Candy


The Lock at Dedham, 1824
by John Constable

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August 26, 2004

Eye Candy


Breezing Up
Winslow Homer
(1836 - 1910)

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August 24, 2004

Eye Candy


Delphes Sylphide
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City
by Michelangelo Buonaroti

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August 22, 2004

Have you seen me?


"The Scream"
by Edvard Munch

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August 20, 2004

Eye Candy


The Persistence of Memory, 1931
by Salvador Dali

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August 16, 2004

Eye Candy


A Vase of Flowers on a Console 1848, Montauban, Musée Ingres by Eugène Delacroix

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August 05, 2004

Very Rare Eye Candy - Brain Candy Combo!


Victorian Christmas by Thomas Kincade, also known as "The Painter of Light and Mass Production"

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it's queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Very Rare Eye Candy - Brain Candy Combo!


Victorian Christmas by Thomas Kincade, also known as "The Painter of Light and Mass Production"

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it's queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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August 03, 2004

Eye Candy


Poppies; near Argenteuil by Claude Monet

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July 28, 2004

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More van Gogh. This guy should have lived forever.

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July 22, 2004

Eye Candy

Starry Night.jpg

I looked at a few others by Vincent that I LOVE, but I kept coming back here. Starry Night really is his definitive work and to post any other first would feel wrong.

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July 19, 2004

Eye Candy


Girl With Mango by Gaugin

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July 16, 2004

Eye Candy, Spooky


Note the unexpected headless image. Unexpected by the artist, too, if the lore behind this painting is to be believed.

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July 15, 2004

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Lady at the Piano by Renoir (currently at the Art Institute of Chicago)

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July 14, 2004

More Eye Candy

I'm on the road today, so I leave you with this, done in pen with brown ink and brown wash.

St. George Slaying the Dragon by Rubens. You can see the real thing in the Louvre.


If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it.

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July 12, 2004

Eye Candy


"Monet Painting in his Garden at Argenteuil" by Renoir

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July 10, 2004

THIS is what I'm talkin' 'bout


by Edward Hopper

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