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Famous Paintings: Oedipus and the Sphinx

By |February 14th, 2016|Categories: 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 after he [...]

Vincent van Gogh Paintings: Three Pairs of Shoes

By |December 16th, 2015|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|Tags: |

Despite the modern popularity of Vincent van Gogh paintings, the early years of van Gogh (1853-1890) offered nary a hint of his future fame. Shoes, 1886.  Oil on canvas, approximately 15" by 18".  Vincent van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Born in Groot-Zundert, Holland, to a Calvinist pastor, Vincent [...]

Monet Paintings at the Marmottan Monet Museum

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|Tags: , , , |

Art museums often deliver surprises, some of which are statistics like this one: the world's most extensive collection of Monet paintings is in the Marmottan Monet Museum of Paris. Nympheas, 1903.  Oil on canvas, approximately 29" by 36".  Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris. The [...]

Monet Paintings: Impression, Sunrise

By |September 9th, 2015|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|Tags: , , , |

It's easy to forget that technology drastically affected prior generations, too. An ideal example is the introduction of portable easels and oil paints in tubes, an innovation of the 1870s that facilitated creation of impressionist paintings. Liberated from painting solely in studios, artists - [...]

Famous Painters: Gustave Caillebotte

By |August 25th, 2015|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|Tags: , |

The least known of all Impressionist painters, Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) was only 27 when he joined the "independents", the group of painters soon to be labeled the "impressionists." These fellow painters, who included Degas, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro, and Cezanne, rejected the religious, historical [...]

James Abbott McNeill Whistler: Whistler’s Mother

By |July 16th, 2015|Categories: American painters, Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|

At the age of 21, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) left his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts for Paris, where he studied painting with Charles Gleyre (1806-1874), and befriended famous painters including Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet. Man with a Pipe, ca. 1859.  Oil [...]

10 Famous Paintings at the Whitney Museum

By |May 21st, 2015|Categories: Famous Paintings by Art Museum|

The Whitney Museum of American Art, re-opened in May 2015 in a new building, now holds its own in the U. S. art scene: the famous paintings at the Whitney Museum have never looked so spectacular due to its breath-taking, Renzo Piano building. Of his 24 art [...]

Jacob Lawrence Paintings: The Migration Series

By |May 5th, 2015|Categories: American painters, Fauvism and Expressionism paintings|Tags: |

One of the most famous painters during the first half of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) had two notable first-time achievements: Panel 1. During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans.  Casein tempera on gessoed hardboard. [...]

Frans Hals: Portrait of a Preacher

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Baroque paintings|Tags: , |

Frans Hals (1582/83 - 1666) was one of three famous painters who, along with Vermeer and Rembrandt, defined the Dutch Golden Age of painting in the 17th century. Hals was trained by the Mannerist painter, Karel van Mander, who instructed his students to paint [...]

10 Famous Paintings in the Prado Museum

By |January 16th, 2015|Categories: Famous Paintings by Art Museum|

Here are 10 famous paintings in the Prado Museum by both Spanish and European painters. This institution opened in 1819 as the Royal Museum of Paintings.  Because the royal collection became the Prado's collection, the museum is not encyclopedic.  Instead, it reflects the tastes [...]

Paul Cezanne Paintings: The Red Dress Series

By |January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|Tags: , |

Paul Cezanne.  Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair, ca. 1888-1890.  Oil on canvas, 31 7/8" by 25 5/8".  Fondation Beyeler, Basel. The four Paul Cezanne paintings of his wife wearing a red, shawl-collared dress provide unusual insight into his painterly process: although [...]

Madame Cezanne Paintings

By |December 5th, 2014|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|

Paul Cezanne.  Young Woman with Loosened Hair, ca. 1873-74.  Oil on canvas, 4 3/8" by 6".  Private collection, on loan to Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen. Fans of Cezanne paintings recognize various motifs that recur in his work - arrays [...]