Famous Painters: Edvard Munch

By | 2018-03-23T17:21:24+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Fauvism and Expressionism paintings|

The Met Bruer's show, "Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed", seeks to dispel a long-standing, often repeated assessment of this Norwegian painter: that after a nervous breakdown in 1908-09, the quality of his work plummeted and he was no longer [...]

Famous Paintings eBook 2017

By | 2018-03-23T17:23:23+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Famous Paintings ebooks and Surveys|

Announcing an updated Famous Paintings ebook! With vital facts about 250 paintings - from Renaissance art through Pop art - and linked articles exploring the art history behind over 200 famous painters and their works. The free Famous Paintings ebook provides: each painting's size, year of creation, [...]

Famous Art Museums: Albright-Knox Art Gallery

By | 2018-03-23T21:23:27+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Famous Paintings by Art Museum|

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey. Oil on canvas, 1938.  16" by 12". The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of those rare art museums with an art collection that belies its size and location.  It's one of those regional art museums, [...]

Famous Paintings: Lady with an Ermine

By | 2018-03-25T17:21:31+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Renaissance paintings|

Given that Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) died nearly five centuries ago, it seems unlikely that there would be still be major discoveries about this Italian Renaissance master. But "unlikely" happens. The French scientist Pascal Cotte spent three years using a [...]

Famous Paintings to Start the Art History School Year

By | 2018-03-23T17:26:10+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Art History Beyond Europe & Before 1400|

With another year of art history starting in high schools and colleges, I have consolidated some earlier posts about the famous paintings and artwork typically studied at the start of an academic year.  Dig in! Cave Paintings Big Horn Rhino, Chauvet caves, France. [...]

Famous Painters: Edgar Degas

By | 2018-03-23T17:26:47+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was born into a prominent aristocratic family whose surname was de Gas, which Degas found too pretentious to adopt; nor did he often use his full first name, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar. He abandoned his pursuit of law at 18 years of [...]

Famous Painters: Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun

By | 2018-03-23T17:28:05+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Neoclassical paintings|

Self-Portrait, 1790.  Oil on canvas, approximately 39" by 32". Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun (1755-1842) was born of humble parentage to Jeanne Massin and the portraitist Louis Vigee.  Like Angelica Kauffmann, Vigee-Le Brun was a precocious artist whose [...]

Famous Paintings: Oedipus and the Sphinx

By | 2018-03-23T17:28:28+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Neoclassical paintings|

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, the star pupil of Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, was the last avid proponent of the French Classical style championed initially by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665). Fascinated by Italian Renaissance paintings, especially those by Raphael, Ingres' early history paintings received mixed reviews even [...]