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Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

BonheurPlowing in the Nivernais

Bonheur, The Horse Fair

Botticelli Primavera

Caravaggio, Fashion and Art History

CaravaggioConversion of St. Paul

Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

Caravaggio, Cardsharps and Fortune Teller

Caravaggio, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy

Caravaggio, Taking of Christ (Kiss of Judas)

Caravaggio Paintings at the Villa Borghese

Cave Paintings

Cezanne, Bathers

Cezanne, Card Players

Cezanne, Most Famous Paintings 

Copley, Paul Revere

David, Death of Marat 

David, Death of Socrates

David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

de Kooning, Retrospective at MoMA (Part I)

de Kooning,Excavation and Painting, 1948 

de KooningWoman I

Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People  

Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

Durer, The Four Apostles

El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting 

Ghent Altarpiece.  

Ghent Altarpiece via zoom

GiorgioneThree Philosophers 

Goya, Family of Charles IV

Goya, The Third of May 1808 

Goya, Duchess of Alba; Saturn Devouring his Son; Two Old Men; Half-Submerged Dog; Black Paintings

Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece

Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Civic Guard

Hals, The Laughing Cavalier

Hals, Regents of St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Hopper, Nighthawks

Ingres, Grande Odalisque and Portrait of Madame Moissetier

Isenheim Altarpiece

Kahlo, Renowned Frida Kahlo Paintings.  

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting and David Garrick.  

Klimt, The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer

Leonardo, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London 

Leonardo, La Bella Principessa 

Leonardo, New Mona Lisa

Leonardo, Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta 

Leonardo, Savior of the World(Salvator Mundi) 

Leonardo, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Leyster, Famous Female Painters 

ManetA Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Manet, Luncheon in the Studio

Manet, The Old Musician

Manet, Street Singer

MantegnaDead Christ

Matisse Paintings, In Search of True Painting

Matisse, The DanceThe Music

Matisse, The Cone Collection

Matisse, The Red Studio

Matisse, The Yellow Dress

Michelangelo, Crucifixion with the Madonna

Michelangelo, Famous Paintings

Michelangelo, La Pieta with Two Angels (latest attribution?)

Michelangelo, St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Modersohn-Becker, Famous Female Painters

Monet, Waterlilies

Morisot, Famous Paintings

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Munch, The Scream

O'Keeffe, Jack in the Pulpit

Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror

Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Picasso, Las Meninas

Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ

Poussin, Assumption of the Virgin

Raphael, Sistine Madonna

Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 

Rembrandt, Night Watch

Rembrandt paintings at Frick Show

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait at an Early AgeJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, The Jewish Bride

Rembrandt, The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild

Rubens, Venus and Adonis

Sanchez Cotan, Spanish Still-life

Sargent, El Jaleo

Sargent, Madame X

Steen, The Christening Feast 

Steen paintings at Frick Show

Tanner, The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor

Titian, Assumption of the Virgin

Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne

Titian, Man with a Glove

Titian, Nymph and Shepherd, Allegory of Prudence, Jacopa Strada, St. Jerome, Slaying of Marysas

Titian, Rape of Europa

Turner, J. M. W, The Fighting Temeraire

Uccello, Battle of San Romano

van der Weyden, St. Luke Drawing the Virgin

Velazquez, Pope Innocent X

Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait

van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb

van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

van GoghMemory of Garden at Etten; Tatched Cottages; White House

van Gogh,  Portrait of Madam Trabuc; Morning: Going Out

van Gogh, Starry Night

Velazquez, Juan de Pareja

Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer, Saint Praxedis

Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid

Vermeer, The Allegory of Painting

VermeerGirl with the Red Hat

Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans

Warhol, Marilyn Diptych and Gold Marilyn 

Warhol, Mao 

Anders Zorn

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National Gallery (London): with 2300 famous paintings alone in its European painting section, discover highlights to see!  Art Paintings to See at the National Gallery.

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While we long for the time when artists are artists and genderless, that time isn't yet here.

These are a few of the female artists who've left lasting legacies in the history of painting:

Sofonisba AnguissolaThree Sisters Playing ChessPhillip II of Spain

Rosa Bonheur.  Plowing in the Nivernais.  Horse Fair.

Lavinia Fontana. Portrait of a Noblewoman.

Helen Frankenthaler. Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea. 

Artemisia Gentileschi.  Judith Beheading Holofernes.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting.

Frida Kahlo.  Frida and Diego Rivera.  The Two Fridas.  The Love Embrace of the Universe. 

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting.  David Garrick.

Judith Leyster.  Self-Portrait.  The Proposition. 

Paula Modersohn-Becker. Self-Portrait with an Amber Necklace. Still Life with Goldfish. 

Berthe Morisot.  Refuge in Normandy.  The Cradle. 

Georgia O'Keeffe. Jack in the Pulpit Series. 

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Famous Painters: Edouard Manet

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

 One of the most famous painters of the 19th century, Edouard Manet was raised in a traditional, wealthy bourgeois family and was classically trained. Nonetheless, Manet is often referred to as the Father of Modern Art: he was the first of the Modernist painters who was solidly rooted in art history, granting Manet a "dual citizenship" that both informed and confounded his career.

manet old musician nga resized 600Edouard Manet.  The Old Musician, 1862.  Oil on canvas, 73 3/4" by 97 11/16". National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

References to, and images from, Greek mythology and the Bible were appropriate subject matter, according to traditionalists.  Manet jettisoned that approach and chose instead the daily life in Second Empire Paris (1850s-1870), especially cafe life, beggars, prostitutes, construction workers, and their displacement caused by the building boom of Napoleon III and his civic planner, Baron Haussman.  

The Old Musician, with identified subjects from the "picturesque slum" near Manet's home, confronts us with the newly disenfranchised - an organ grinder, a rag-picker, an ironmonger, all resigned and impassive.  Manet paintings, both in subject and style - such as rapid brushstrokes that obscure details - deviated from the precision preached by the Academy. It is curious, then, that Manet steadfastly sought recognition and acceptance by the Salon, the conservative Paris arts exhibition run by none other than the French Academy. 

manet.dejeunerEdouard Manet.  Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe, 1863.  Oil on canvas, approx. 7' by 8'10".  Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Manet submitted Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Lunch on the Grass) to the 1863 Salon, making two iconographic and formal references I see:

  • to Concert Champetre, a painting then believed to be by Giorgione but now acknowledged to be by Titian, and

  • to Raphael’s Judgement of Paris.

But Manet offended traditional academics in two (at least) ways:

  • the nude, sensual goddess of art history - the core of traditional training - has been replaced with a naked woman in an ambiguous setting; and

  • Manet uses inaccurate perspective and skewed sizes. The scale of the boat secured on the riverside, for instance, is far too small compared to the bathing woman, all painted in a non-traditional style using little gradation of color.

Undeterred by criticism, Manet changed the title to Le Bain (The Bath) and submitted it the same year to the Salon des Refusés, an arts exhibition established by Napoleon III for paintings rejected by the Salon.  Even in that less conservative arena, Manet was again rejected amidst scorn and derision.

Two years later, Manet submitted to the Salon his version of Olympia, again nodding to art history with references to:manet.olympia

  • Venus of Urbino, one of the Titian paintings Manet saw on a trip to Italy

  • Goya's Naked (or NudeMaja

  • Depictions of the odalisque and slave relationship.

Titian's Olympia has soft curves, an adoring, coy look up at the (male) viewer, and a sleeping dog, a symbol of fidelity.  Conversely, Manet’s Olympia is titian.venusangular, sports a condescending, bold look down at the (male) viewer, and an angry black cat arching its back.  

Top: Edouard Manet.  Olympia, 1863.  Oil on canvas, 4'3" by 6' 2 1/4".  Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Lower: Titian.  Venus of Urbino, 1538.  Oil on canvas, 48" by 66".  Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

 Almost predictably, these Manet paintings provoked outrage, with one critic referring to the "yellow-bellied odalisque" of Manet.  

Retrospectively, it was the brilliance of Manet to maintain references to art history and to ignore prescribed subject matter and technique. By liberating both content and technique, this "dual citizen" earned Manet the moniker, Father of Modern Art

 





Comments

Manet opened the door for so many "Modern" artists. We owe Manet a debt of gratitude!
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 5:33 PM by Paul Kelly
Paul, 
 
I concur! How phenomenal that he persisted in the the near total absence of positive feedback. 
 
Susan
Posted @ Monday, August 22, 2011 1:29 PM by Susan Benford
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