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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

MorisotMore Famous Paintings

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

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

Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

Velazquez, Pope Innocent X

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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Female Artists

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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Art History Resources. Unwieldly but informative.

Marisol Roman.  A Spanish art history blog.

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Art History Welcomes Robert Seldon Duncanson

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Art history is welcoming into its canon another American painter, the 19th century African-American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (often erroneously and mysteriously called "Robert Scott Duncanson").  Duncanson was recently introduced into the collection of the National Gallery of Art with robert seldon duncanson resized 600his stunning still life painting, Still Life with Fruit and Nuts. Although the National Gallery has some 400 works of art by African American painters, this is its first Duncanson work.  Congratulations are in order -- this is a beauty.

But first a bit about Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821-1872), left.

Born to mulatto parents, Duncanson was a self-taught artist whose still life paintings shown in the 1840s prompted one critic of the Detroit Free Press to comment,

"the paintings of fruit, etc. by Duncanson are beautiful, and as they deserve, have elicited universal admiration."

Duncanson was then living in Cincinatti, a major abolitionist center considered to be the center of American art and culture west of the Appalachian Mountains, and painting portraits of prosperous Cincinattians and abolitionists. Art history experts believe that Duncanson saw a Cincinatti exhibition of Thomas Cole paintings, including his series The Voyage of Life (1842); whether Duncanson did or didn't attend this art exhibition, the influence duncanson still life fruit nutsof 

Robert Seldon Duncanson. Still Life with Fruit and Nuts, 1848. Oil on board, 12 x 16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ann and Mark Kington/The Kington Foundation and the Avalon Fund.

Thomas Cole and the American painters of the Hudson River School was formidable. Duncanson subsequently shifted from still life paintings to landscape paintings. 

In 1850, Duncanson was commissioned by vintner Nicholas Longworth (1783-1863) to create eight landscape paintings in trompe l'oeil for his private Cincinatti residence, Belmont (now the home of Cincinatti's Taft Museum of Art).  Duncanson subsequently toured Europe, where he was exposed to Neoclassical works and 17th century landscape paintings by Claude Lorrain, among others. Duncanson incorporated these classical motifs into his landscape paintings. He spent the Civil War era in England and Scotland, tragically dying in 1872 from a breakdown that may have been fueled by exposure to lead-based paintings.

So back to Duncanson's still life paintings, of which fewer than a dozen exist. Still Life with Fruit and Nuts is a diminutive 12" by 16" but packs a hefty punch.  This classical composition is a study of textures, juxtapositing velvety smooth fruits with pockmarked nuts and wrinkled currants.  The contrasts among these objects are brilliantly executed.

duncanson landscape with rainbowAn excellent example of Duncanson's mature work - when he had fully shifted to landscape

Robert Seldon Duncanson.  Landscape with Rainbow, 1859.  Oil on canvas, 30 x 52 1/4 in. (76.3 x 132.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of Leonard and Paula Granoff.

paintings - is his Landscape with Rainbow.  Claude Lorrain's influence upon Duncanson (and countless other American painters) is seen in the hazy atmosphere and classical composition. Diagonals are carved by mountain slopes and rock outcroppings in this idyllic, bucolic scene that belies the oncoming Civil War.

It's curious to me that so many painters are forgotten in the history of art, only to be discovered centuries later.  These "lost souls" include non-mainstream artists like African-American painters (think Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and Duncanson, for starters) and female artists (an exhaustively long list), but also famous painters like Caravaggio and Vermeer.

Any ideas why? Do paintings need to have constant "champions" to be remembered in the history of art? 

 

 

 

 

 





Comments

I am curious if there is a story behind the fact that his middle name was believed at first to be Scott and now it is Seldon.
Posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 1:09 PM by karen dawn
There are so many lost painters throughout history. I would love to see your list of the female painters. I am constantly finding new artists to write about, their lives as tragic as mr. Duncanson, but the art is breathtaking. Thank you for showcasing his wonderful art.
Posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 6:44 PM by Mary Jo gibson
FYI, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts currently has the biggest retrospective of Henry Ossawa Tanner ever put together, which I hope to review in the next week or so.
Posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 10:39 PM by Bob Duggan
Karen, 
 
I'm curious, too, about the confusion over "Scott" and "Seldon". All I could discover is that there was a person named Robert Scott Duncanson (in addition to this Robert Seldon Duncanson). 
 
I'll let you know if I learn anything more! 
 
Susan
Posted @ Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:28 AM by Susan Benford
I wonder if two different names appear because his parents seemed to be living apart for years and while he was with his father he used one name and while with his mother, other name...
Posted @ Monday, March 05, 2012 5:55 AM by Belkiss Obadia
Belkiss, 
 
I'm stumped about "Seldon" versus "Scott", and hope that as he continues to become more mainstream, we'll get some clarity about his name! 
 
Susan
Posted @ Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:10 AM by Susan Benford
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