Here's a replica I did several years back of van Gogh's 'The Ravine'; it is shown below all framed up and hanging on the wall in the home of the buyer in Utah. If you have any favorite paintings that u'd like a handmade copy made of, please let me know, Id love to make something for you! #art #arts #artist #artists #artlover #commissions #commissionsopen #commissionsavailable #commissionswelcome #artistsonmastodon #artistsofmastodon #painting #paintings #arthistory #artmarket #artforsale #artnet
On the left, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as el Greco (1541-1614), The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest, c. 1580, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. On the right, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Portrait of a man in a ruff, after el Greco, 1962, linoleum cut. #arthistory
Cupid's Hunting Fields (1880) by Edward Burne-Jones.
This piece is a fascinating combination of painting and sculpture. The technique, in which gesso is built up on a flat panel to create a relief image and then decorated with oil and gold paint, is quite unusual. The combination of media is reflective of the close relationship between fine and decorative arts fostered by the Arts and Crafts Movement.
"A Fanciful History of Fairies in Art, From Renaissance Depictions to Romantic Shakespearean Visions."
We trace these magical, miniature beings through centuries of art and culture.
Incredible story that has everything: a mysterious painting, royals, wars, looting, bank vaults, auctions. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/09/25/exclusive-first-colour-photographs-shed-fresh-light-on-ethiopias-most-treasured-icon-and-its-looting-by-an-agent-of-the-british-museum
October 01 - the birthday of Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683) - a highly esteemed and prolific #Dutch Golden Age painter. He was a member of the second generation of "Dutch Italianate landscape" painters. These were artists who traveled to Italy, or aspired to, in order to soak up the romanticism of the country, bringing home sketchbooks full of drawings of classical ruins and pastoral imagery.
My art history theme for October: the Renaissance. Michelangelo’s Giuliano de' Medici, sculpted 1526–1534, seen here in a detail, inspired Salvador Dalí‘s oil painting from 1982, collection Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí. Great artists learn from great artists. #arthistory
Jan Adam Kruseman was the leading society painter of the Dutch Romantic period. The women he portrayed belonged to the rich classes who were able to follow the Parisian fashions. He painted their fashionable hairstyles, hats, shawls and accessories in minute detail. Though this seems almost mocking now, it wasn't at the time. This painting is currently on view at Kunsthal Rotterdam.
"...the faces of the guests and the prominent piper are so authentic that one could recognise similarly real characters passing by on a modern street..."
in the latest article for Signifier, Kim Vertue takes us back in time to a peasant wedding of 1567 & considers what was so radical about Bruegel's masterpiece
Ben Shahn (American, 1898-1969), Untitled (Study for Ecclesiastes), watercolor and ink on paper laid down on paper, 12 3/4 x 10 in. (32.4 x 25.4 cm.), sold at auction, Christie’s New York, in 2016 for $2,000. A quote from the artist: “if we are to have values, a spiritual life, a culture, these things must find their imagery and their interpretation through the arts." #arthistory
September 29 - the birthday of Tintoretto (1518-1594) - great Italian Mannerist painter of the Venetian school and one of the most important artists of the late Renaissance. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso ("The Furious").
September 29 - the birthday of Caravaggio (1571-1610) - an Italian painter active in Rome for most of his artistic life. Arrogant, rebellious and a murderer, Caravaggio's short and tempestuous life matched the drama of his works. Characterized by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe.
September 29 - the birthday of François Boucher (1703-1770) - a French painter who worked in the #Rococo style. Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century.
"How Did German Expressionism Change The History of Cinema?"
German Expressionism was the angsty, stylized, and intense postwar cinema of Weimar Germany. The nightmarish shadows and innovative compositions revolutionized filmmaking forever.
Gold Wedding Ring, 6th-7th century CE
Byzantine, Dumbarton Oaks Museum #WashingtonDC
Top: “Grace of God”
#FindsFriday #glam #ArtHistory #MuseumArchive #histodons #history #geschichte #histoire #marriage #Altertumswissenschaften #MedievalStudies #medievalists #MiddleAges #Mittelalter #AncientReligions #ReligiousStudies #Christianity #Greek #religion #jewelry
Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet.
The painting first shown at what would become known as the "Exhibition of the Impressionists" in Paris in April, 1874. The painting is credited with inspiring the name of the #Impressionist movement. Monet claimed that he titled the painting due to his hazy painting style: "They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn't really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: 'Put Impression.'"
Not only do I enjoy looking at #aiArt I think that #generativeAI helps me to understand various visual styles. #stablediffusion takes my knowledge of #art and expounds on it; finds the common rhythms in #artHistory and riffs on them.
It does this as I actively participate; adding riffs of my own, creatively collaborating and shaping the vision.
#AI is a learning tool.
Lilac Bush (1889) by Vincent van Gogh.
This marvelous work was painted at Saint-Remy, where the artist was undergoing treatment. Van Gogh depicted a lilac bush in the hospital gardens, the broken, separate brushstrokes and vibrant forms recalling the lessons of Impressionism, yet with a spatial dynamism unknown to the Impressionists. This bush is full of powerful, vivid energy and dramatic expression.
A long lost painting found, and how it was lost in the first place: “Artemisia was a strong, dynamic and exceptionally talented artist whose female subjects—including Susanna—look at you from their canvases with the same determination to make their voices heard that Artemisia showed in the male-dominated art world of the 17th century [...].”
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On a different matter altogether:
I often wonder how #arthistory would have been different if Vasari has been a Venetian?
Famously, Vasari championing Michealngelo, stressed the basis of art in drawing (disegno) while the art tradition dominant in #Venice emphasised its basis in colour (choice & use).
If Vasari has been a Venetian might we have told a different history of art?
Might we have had a different canon?
Or would the identity of the great artists have remained the same?
Indian Summer by Józef Chełmoński (1849-1914).
Chełmoński’s intention with Indian Summer was to depict the strength of the countryside and the fortitude of its people. The artist had been fascinated with Ukraine from childhood, visiting it on numerous occasions in search of nature untarnished by man.
Meanwhile... another Artemisia Gentileschi work has been uncovered (this time at Windsor Castle) - in the wake of the groundbreaking National Gallery exhibition, and the ever growing interest in #ArtemisiaGentileschi her known (and viewable) works keep expanding - rescuers from obscurity & miss-attribution.
Unfortunately for the public, these works are currently not easily loaned to public exhibitions due to sanctions.
Nevertheless, its an interesting illustration of the way the elite store wealth in #art & gain (some) kudos from its ownership & occasional loan for exhibits(s)
This week I've been mainly reading, no. 92.
Hilary Fraser's study Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century: Looking like a Woman (2014), is a great bit of #feminist recovery. Fraser explores how #women in C19th wrote about #art & what it tells us about female creativity 150 years ago. While at times getting slightly bogged down in the detail, overall this is a compelling work of #arthistory that (re)establishes forgotten female voices talking about art & artists
I've been into making collages for a long time, usually in my art journals, and I always love seeing other collage work too. Today I came across some amazing work done in the 1850's by John Bingley Garland, who wasn't really known as an artist. Check out these awesome images via the PublicDomainReview.org:
#art #history #arthistory #publicdomain #collage #collageart
Great artists learn from great artists. On the left, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, bronze sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini (1550-1571) in the Loggia dei Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy; on the right, a sketch of Cellini's "Perseus,” by
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), watercolor over graphite on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. #arthistory
This was such a cool study, I threw out my planned schedule to write about this instead.
Ecologists worked with art historians to find out if it’s possible to study landscape changes by looking at #art from the nineteenth century.
Some years ago, I wrote this intending it to be the first part of a deeper & more extensive #arthistory project on the artists' assistant.
Things then got in the way, not least of all retiring & expanded caring responsibilities for my wife... but I'm now seeing a way I could organise myself to start to think about turning this into a book (or book proposal in the first instance).
If you are in #publishing & think its an interesting idea, I'd love to hear from you.
Its really striking how modern Eugene Delacroix was.
Here he is on problem #restorations, in 1854:
They are 'an injury far more to be regretted than the ravages of time, for the result is not a restore picture, but a different picture by the hand fo the [restorer] who substitutes himself for the author the original who has disappeared under his retouching'!
It would take another century for this critique of over-intrusive restoring of #paintings to become common!
In an article (a trailer for her forthcoming #Monet biography), Jackie Wullschlager makes the claim (which sounds plausible, certainly), that he was the only major painter of his time not to paint nude women.
This is an interesting claim, given other major artists around this time (from Courbet before, via Picasso, to Matisse) all did...
This refusal to adopt one of the key subjects in #arthistory, makes me think of Monet a little differently & now I'm eager to read Wullschlager's biography...
Follow up on yesterday's presentation at #OSINTRiggedGame on a Computational approach to detecting looted art,
Here is a link to a brief
Using custom indicators
to count red flag names and words
and group them
in hundreds or thousands of art provenance texts
Naranjo Stela 30: This stolen Maya sculpture was seized by US Authorities when a crate carrying it broke open in the port of Houston. NEW CASE STUDY: https://traffickingculture.org/encyclopedia/case-studies/naranjo-stela-30/
Photo: before and after trafficking. The sculpture was mutilated and broken into pieces to aid in smuggling.
The #landscape #painting "A winter day in the woods of Northern Zealand. A man walking his dog." was created in 1874 by the #Danish painter Anders Andersen-Lundby (1841-1923). North Zealand is a region in #Denmark, in the northeastern part of the island of Zealand. Zealand is home to the capital, Copenhagen, and the city of Roskilde. Small towns and villages occupy the north coast, which is a popular holiday area.
A Calm at a Mediterranean Port (1770) by French artist Claude-Joseph Vernet. In brilliant detail, the painter captured the gorgeous weather and leisurely activities of a day by the sea.
September 5 - the birthday of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) - a #German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his allegorical landscapes, which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees, or Gothic ruins.
“The Red Vineyard” by Vincent van Gogh depicts workers in a vineyard, and it is the only painting van Gogh sold during his lifetime. This painting was painted two weeks after Gauguin arrived in Arles and moved in with Van Gogh. Van Gogh was excited by his idea of starting an artists’ colony. Gauguin’s colorful works inspired Van Gogh to use more colors for this painting, which he continued to do in his later works.
This painting of Oleksandr Bohomazov (1880-1930) belongs to the cycle dedicated to the sawyers' work. Teaching as a professor at the Kyiv Institute of Plastic Arts, Bohomazov developed his own art theory. In his work Painting and Elements, he explains the artistic value of the independence of elements, such as the designated characteristics of the embodiment of the artist’s emotions and pensive thoughts
Did you know that #pink wasn't always pink?
Prior to the 17th century, English people thought of pink as a shade of greenish yellow. It was won by boiling buckthorn berries.
August 21 - the birthday of Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886) - the acknowledged dean of American landscape painters following the death of Thomas Cole, he exemplified the fresh ideal of naturalism for the second-generation painters that came to be called the Hudson River School.
August 19 - the birthday of Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) - a French painter who was a member and patron of the #Impressionists, although he painted in a more realistic manner than many others in the group.
Here's an interesting thought from the Journal of Eugene Delacroix:
'What moves me of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough'!
(Saturday, 10th May 1824; Phaidon 3rd Edition, 1995)
Sylvia Sleigh's white male ‘Harem’ #painting titled 'The Turkish Bath' (1973) included her husband.
As a direct critique/response to Ingres' work of the same name (which included a naked portrait of his young wife), its right on the #feminist point...
a promised new monograph (as yet still delayed) may well put the record straight!
August 11 - the birthday of Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) - the leading French landscape painter of the later 18th century. He achieved great celebrity with his #marine paintings. He was also one of the century's most accomplished painters of tempests and moonlight scenes. "Others may know better", he said, with just pride, "how to paint the sky, the earth, the ocean; no one knows better than I how to paint a picture".
August 10 - the birthday of William Harnett (1848-1892) - an #American #painter considered one of the premier trompe l'oeil (French for 'deceive the eye' - a highly realistic optical illusion of 3-dimensional space and objects on a 2-dimensional surface) painters of the 19th century. In his works, everything is rendered highly realistically, right down to the smallest details.
This week's ThreadTalk goes back to the early 15th century, the turn of the late Middle Ages into the beginning of the Renaissance.
More pointedly, it's a discussion about a series of portraits of Charles VII's official mistress, Agnès Sorel, and her most prized assets.
Hello! I'm Jonathan.
Although I've lived in the USA for many years, I'm a Brit who doesn't want to take US citizenship. I liked living in France but have to stay in America. I miss the NHS!
Soft left politics, still enraged about Brexit, worried that Starmer is being overcautious.
Books I've enjoyed recently:
- Junichiro Tanizaki "The Makioka Sisters"
- David Andress "The Terror"
- Raymond Chandler "The Big Sleep"
Atheist with an interest in religion.
I drink huge quantities of builder's tea, but treat myself to Darjeeling from time to time.
I also enjoy Campari, IPAs, and White Horse whisky.
Favourite food: quiche lorraine, Central Texas barbecue, smoked salmon. I miss roast lamb, Aero, and Bovril on toast.
Haymaking at Eragny (1901) by Danish-French #Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830-1903).
In 1884 Pissarro and his family moved to Éragny. This would be his principal place of residence until his death in 1903 and an ideal setting for his paintings of #rural labor and the harvest. His careful arrangement of figures into repeated poses creates a balanced rhythm of line and form across the canvas
Its often asserted that an auction sets the value of a work of art, by ensuring the person who values it most (and of course has the ability to pay) buys the work.
But, (and of course this is a bit of a technicality) what an auction actually demonstrates is the value that the under-bidder values the work at (and is not prepared to pay above);
we cannot know, without further competing bids how much the 'winning' bidder might have paid.
@pluralistic I enjoyed the #AltText for this first image, but it's seven centuries younger as the book is dated to around 1775. Apparently 1057 appears on the title page & someone may have tried to pass it off as older... according to @publicdomainrev in this article, which also shows the original images:
I was happy to find the whole book online at
You asked, I'm delivering!
Join me next Monday for a class all about medieval marginalia.
Murderous rabbits? Adorable hedgehogs? Depression snails? NSFW fun? We've got it all.
7pm EST - July 31, 2023
Whether you're skipping “Barbie” or are excited to see the film, it's worth remembering how artists have used the doll to dismantle the very ideas she represents.
Watercolorist Dong Kingman broke some of the unwritten rules of painting in a way that is inspiring to me.
For example: the rule that plein aire paintings should be 100% made on location, otherwise you lose "freshness" by touching it up.
Kingman did paint on location, but would take his work back to the studio and add significant elements as in this 1949 painting of Central Park. A revelation!
(For more context on Kingman mastodon.art/@jeremyosborn/110)
In my continuing exploration of the watercolorist Dong Kingman, I turn to an early work (Treasure Island #3, 1939). A few years later, his style becomes more complex, here he uses large "flat" washes of paint to indicate his shapes.
His core style is still on display though: leaving generous areas of white to indicate the sunlight and his color palette is recognizably his.
(For more context on Kingman, see my original post https://mastodon.art/@jeremyosborn/110668881040113815)
A Winter Landscape at Sunset with Figures on the Ice by 19th-century Belgian painter of Dutch landscapes Charles Leickert (1816-1907).
Hello and welcome to my #introduction 👋I am a mid-thirties, late diagnosed #ADHDer, with an #autistic partner. Coming up to my diagnosis 1-year anniversary 🥳 and learning lots every day, having regular “aha” moments. I work PT #burnout in a library and spend my free time trying to coral my unruly curiosity fairly unsuccessfully.
A snippet of my many waxing and waning interests include: #cacti #succulents #cats #dogs #budgies #astronomy #zoology #economics #tech #psychology #neurodiversity #spoontheory #streetart #modernart #arthistory #sculpture #crafts #museums #artgalleries #urbanspaces #heritage #architecture #snailmail #books #libraries #archives #forteana #documentaries #podcasts #zooniverse #googlecrowdsource #miscellanea
Joseph Ducreux's art is so extraordinary it annoys me that I frequently forget his name and then have to figure out which keywords are going to help me look it up. #ArtHistory
In my exploration of Dong Kingman's work, humor and whimsy pop up constantly, often in subtle ways.
In this painting ("South Street Bridge", 1955) the two "men" in the lower-right corner are not actually figures in the painting, but half-drawn paintings in the painting. The two street signs at the bottom-left read "Think", which indeed does make you think.
For more context on Kingman, read my original post: https://mastodon.art/@jeremyosborn/110668881040113815
Another marvelous Dong Kingman watercolor, this one from July, 1948 of Chinatown in San Francisco. I believe this was used for the cover of “Holiday” Magazine.
It’s remarkable to me how his composition is full of detail and captures the hustle and bustle of the city, but he takes great care to preserve the white of the paper.
(For more context on Kingman, see my earlier post: https://mastodon.art/@jeremyosborn/110668881040113815
I've been studying the watercolor work of Chinese-American watercolorist Dong Kingman, associated with the "California School" of watercolor in the 20s-50s, but he painted up to the 90s.
His colors are often vibrant and multi-hued without being garish, and his compositions are always unique.
This painting is "Strolling Down Washington Street, SF, 1946". More links to his work here, including a nice video compilation at the bottom.