Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Auguste Renoir, 1879
Portrait of Marguerite-Therese Berard
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

"Renoir depicts the five-year-old daughter of his devoted patron Paul Berard, a diplomat and banker whom he met in 1878. The artist often summered at the Berards' country home in Wargemont, near Dieppe, on the Normandy coast, where he painted decorative pictures for the house and a veritable family album of portraits, ranging from formal commissions to more intimate works that reflect a genuine fondness for the four Berard children. According to Margot's nephew, Renoir painted this spirited portrait to "cheer her up" after a disagreeable lesson with her German tutor had brought her to tears" 

Gallery Label
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Andrew Wyeth

  “I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it…I always want to see the third dimension of something…I want to come alive with the object.”

Andrew Wyeth

Friday, September 20, 2013

"Shy Look"

Stephen Scott Young, 2008

Adelson Galleries, NYC

Thursday, September 19, 2013

John Singer Sargent
1886, Private Collection

“You can't do sketches enough.
Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”
John Singer Sargent

Camille Pissaro
1881, Oil on Canvas

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”   Camille Pissaro

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dorothy Barnard

John Singer Sargent

1885, Oil Study for

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

“Two little girls in a garden at twilight, lighting paper lanterns among the flowers from rose-tree to rose-tree.”

          John Singer Sargent

“Setting Sun and Fog”
Camille Pissaro
1891, Oil on Canvas

“Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis…. don’t be afraid of putting on colour…. paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.”

Camille Pissaro

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Claude Monet,
"The Magpie"

 “This painting of a place in the countryside near Etretat, executed on the spot, uses very unusual pale, luminous colours.  The novelty and daring of Monet's approach explain the painting's rejection by the jury of the 1869 salon.”
Musee d’Orsay
Paris, France

Monday, October 22, 2012

Idle Hours
William Merritt Chase