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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

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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Learn about famous paintings to see in these art museums:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY). One of those intimate, small art museums with a stellar collectionFamous Paintings at Albright-Knox. 

Art Institute of Chicago: Plan to see these famous paintings at the Art Institute -- and download an ebook about them.

Louvre Museum, (Paris): one of the largest art museums in the world! Know which Louvre paintings not to miss in this sortable ebook. 

Mauritshuis Museum: explore works by renowned Dutch painters

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City): download the ebook, Famous-Paintings-Metropolitan-Museum, to learn its must-see masterpieces.

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.

Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam): 10 famous paintings not to miss

Washington, D.C. Art Museums: Explore forty famous paintings in Washington, DC in this article.

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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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5 Top Art Exhibitions in East Coast Art Museums

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Now that summer art exhibitions are pulling in hordes of tourists and visitors, it's time to focus on which art shows are worth the crowds!  Our pics for the best current and upcoming art exhibitions are:

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia

The notion of Utopia -- or visions of Arcadia - captured the imagination of these famous painters.  Three of their best known paintings form the backbone of this art exhibition. gauguin wehre do we come from resized 600Gauguin's Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, seldom seen

Paul Gauguin.  Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Oil on canvas, 54 3/4" x 147 1/2".  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

outside its Boston home, is paired with Cézanne’s The Large Bathers (read more about Cezanne Bathers) and Matisse's Bathers by a River (explore more famous paintings by Matisse. June 20 to September 3. Closed Mondays.

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

One of the most outstanding small art museums anywhere.  Period. Recently opened in its new Philadelphia location, the Barnes Foundation's permanent collection alone rivals many blockbuster art exhibitions.  It includes over 100 masterpieces of modern French painting, like

  • 24 Renoir paintings,

  • 30 Cezanne paintings, and

  • 20 Matisse paintings, including Bonheur de vivre.  

Then there are well known paintings by other famous painters including van Gogh, Seurat, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Courbet, and Chaim Soutine, as well as Barnes' collection of African art, American art, and European decorative arts. Incredible. Closed Tuesdays.

Jewish Museum: Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940. New York

vuillard woman striped dress resized 600As a member of the Nabis, an avant-gard group of artists who championed Paul Gauguin and his use of flat, simplified form, Edouard Vuillard produced some of his most famous paintings of interiors and friends.

Edouard Vuillard.  Woman in a Striped Dress, 1895. Oil on canvas, 34 3/4 x 33 1/16 x 3 1/2".  National Gallery of Art, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. 
Paul Mellon.

Through September 23.  Closed Wednesdays.

Museum of Modern Art: Cindy Sherman.  New York

One of the most entertaining art exhibitions in recent memory.  Run, don't walk, if you haven't yet seen this retrospective of photographer Cindy Sherman (it ends June 20).  While paintings are generally my milieu, Sherman challenges the viewer to consider what representation means as she photographs herself in guises ranging from WWII pin-up girl to stuffy society doyenne in some 170 photographs.

MoMA is presently open 7 days a week.

National Gallery of Art. Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape.  Washington, D. C. 

Promising to be one of summer's blockbuster art exhitibitions, The Ladder of Escape examines the artwork of Joan Miro (1893 - 1983) in the political and social contexts in which it was made, exploring influences of two world wars, the Spanish Civil War miro self portrait resized 600and the reign of Franco.  

While not deemed a retrospective per se, the exhibition spans Miro's prolific career and shows some 120 works of art. 

Joan Miro. Self-Portrait, 1937-1938, February 23, 1960, oil and pencil on canvas, Collection of Emilio Fernández, on loan to the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

Open 7 days a week.  Runs until August 12.

Any other art exhibitions in the East that I've missed and need to be added?

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These exhibitions look great! I am going to DC this summer and making a trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The "Royalists to Romantics" exhibition looks great. It closes at the end of July.
Posted @ Friday, June 01, 2012 5:00 PM by Alberti's Window
Thanks for pointing out this exhibition, Monica. It will show artworks made from 1750 - 1850 by some 35 women artists, many of whose works haven't been seen outside France. 
 
Nice call! 
 
Susan
Posted @ Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:01 AM by Susan Benford
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