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James Gurney’s Living Sketchbook, Volume 3 – Court Report

When I first met author and artist James Gurney some years ago, I had the opportunity to leaf through one of his sketchbooks. Gurney is so accomplished that his sketchbooks often consist of page after page of beautifully realized paintings and sketches, usually in gouache or casein. My immediate thought was that he should publish them in some form, if only because I would personally like the opportunity to look through them at leisure. I didn’t say anything at the time, but some years later, ...
Tags: Art, Painting, Nba, Gallery And Museum Art, Sketching, Watercolor And Gouache, James Gurney, Metro North, Gurney, Dan Gurney, Tools and Techniques, Living Sketchbook Volume

Eye Candy for Today: Albert Anker still life with Coffee and Potatoes

Stilleben, Kaffee und Kartoffeln (Still life with Coffee and Poratoes), Albert Anker Link is to Wikimedia Commons page with high-res image. This domestic still life by 19th century Swiss artist Albert Anker at first looks smoothly refined, but on closer inspection reveals itself to be quite painterly.  
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Albert Anker, Stilleben Kaffee, Poratoes Albert Anker Link

Kenneth Cadwallader

Kenneth Cadwallader is a painter with a fresh, confident approach, and a vibrant use of color. The galleries on his website are divided into paintings from his travels in China, figures and floral still life. I particularly admire the strong value contrasts in many of his townscape and still life paintings.  
Tags: Art, China, Painting, Gallery And Museum Art, Kenneth Cadwallader

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Prout pencil drawing

The Castle at Heidelberg, Samuel Prout Pencil on paper, roughly 11 x 16″ (28 x 43 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. 19th century artist Samuel Prout give us one of those wonderful drawings that is simultaneously loose and precise, and shows us something of the process of its creation in the more lightly rendered left side of the castle’s facade.  
Tags: Art, Drawing, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Morgan Library, Samuel Prout, Heidelberg Samuel Prout Pencil

Eye Candy for Today: Joaquim Vancells, “February”

February, Joaquim Vancells Oil on canvas, roughly 40 x 60 inches (104 x 155 cm) Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Catalonian painter Joaquim Vancells invites us into a quiet forest landscape in the heart of winter. I like the way the details of sticks, leaves and undergrowth ground us in the environment, while the meandering path in center invites us farther into the misty depths of ...
Tags: Google, Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Museu Nacional, Joaquim Vancells, Joaquim Vancells Oil

Skip Whitcomb

Colorado painter Skip Whitcomb was trained in figure study and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, but when he turned his attention to painting full time, he found his inspiration in landscape. His paintings revel in the light and textures of the visual world, rendered in both oil and pastel. Shadows and reflections often play a key role in his compositions, as to repeated elements and the contrasts between strong and muted value relationships. I particularly enjoy...
Tags: Art, Colorado, Los Angeles, Gallery And Museum Art, Art Center College of Design, Whitcomb, Skip Whitcomb

Eye Candy for Today: Paul Sandby gouache nocturne

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, Paul Sandby Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Royal Collection Trust. Gouache on paper, roughly 12 x 18 inches (31 x 46 cm). The Google Art Project page has some interesting background on the painting.  
Tags: Google, Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Windsor Castle, Paul Sandby, Drachet Lane, Paul Sandby Link, Royal Collection Trust Gouache

Eye Candy for Today: Constable graphite drawing

View of Cat Hanger, John Constable Graphite on paper, roughly 8 x 14″ (20 x35 cm), in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. Drawn on two sheets of a sketchbook, this scene is of a farm on an estate in West Sussex, England. Constable’s nuanced command of tones and delicate indications of clouds and textures makes the drawing feel remarkably complete.  
Tags: Art, Drawing, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, West Sussex England, Morgan Library

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot (pronunciation here) is one of the least well known of the original Impressionist painters. She is often grouped with American painter Mary Cassatt as one of the two “female Impressionists”. It is a comparison that makes sense, though, in that both painters brought intimate domestic scenes into the Impressionist canon, as well as painting still life, landscapes and scenes of public life as was more common among their colleagues. Morisot studied with several painters, notably Cam...
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Gallery And Museum Art, Manet, Corot, Berthe Morisot, Barnes Foundation, Mary Cassatt, Camille Corot, Morisot, Eug, Manet Morisot

Peder Mønsted winter landscape

Snowy Forest Road in Sunlight, Peder Mørk Mønsted The link is to a page on Wikimedia Commons from which you can download a high-resolution image. The original is in a private collection. A beautiful evocation of winter to mark the Winter Solstice. I love how much green and red Monsted has worked into the painting. He has kept the chroma muted and relied on the effects of simultaneous contrast of the complementary colors to make them feel vibrant. For more, see my previous posts on Peder Mønst...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Peder Mønsted, Monsted

Eye Candy for Today: Horace Vernet landscape

Departure for the Hunt in the Pontine Marshes, Horace Vernet Oil on canvas, roughly 40 x 60 inches ( 100 x 150 cm); in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Vernet was a French painter active in the early 19th century, and his subjects included battles and historic events, portraits and Orientalist themes. Here, he is fascinated with the landscape, even if the subject is ostensibly the hunters depicted as small figures in the shadows at middle right, behind the second ...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Vernet, National Gallery of Art Washington, Horace Vernet

Eye Candy for Today: Charles Gifford Dyer still life

Seventeenth-Century Interior, Charles Gifford Dyer Oil on canvas, roughly 37 x 28 inches (94 x 71 cm), in the collection of the Art Institute Chicago This is a nineteenth century American artist painting a still life in the manner of seventeenth century Dutch still life — and doing a bang up job of it.  
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Eye Candy for Today: Nicolas Delaunay engraving after Fragonard

The Happy Accident of the Swing, Nicolas Delaunay Engraving, roughly 20 x 16″ (51 x 42 cm); in the collection of the Art Institute Chicago This wonderfully lush and textural engraving by Nicolas Delaunay is a copy of a famous painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. It was not uncommon for painters to have printmakers create copies of their most popular works, if they weren’t inclined to do it themselves. Here the image (reversed, of course, because it’s a print) becomes a fascinating study in con...
Tags: Art, Fragonard, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Prints and Printmaking, Art Institute Chicago, Nicolas Delaunay, Swing Nicolas Delaunay Engraving

Image trove from the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the largest art museums in the U.S., has redesigned its website, and in the process, placed online a trove of over 50,000 large scale images of works from the collection. They have done so under a “CC0” license, meaning public domain or “No Rights Reserved”, so you are free to download, distribute or do with the images as you will. The collection is broad but seems to be particular strong in areas like French Impressionism and American Art, along with trea...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Gallery And Museum Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Rembrandt Durer, Art Institute Museum, Gustave Caillebotte Albert Bierstadt John

Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’s Mirror of Venus

The Mirror of Venus, Edward Burne-Jones Link is to Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, who went on to be a major figure in style known as Aestheticism, presents a tableau of female figures, some staring at their reflections in the mirror of a still pond, others looking at the striking figure in blue, whose gaze falls on the pool but not on her own reflection. The artist has left it to us to interpret the differe...
Tags: Art, Jones, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Burne Jones, Edward Burne Jones, Venus Edward Burne Jones Link, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Lisbon

Baumgartner painting restoration videos

If, like me, you find the conservation and restoration of historic artworks interesting, you will probably enjoy this series of videos (YouTube link) from Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration, a conservation studio located in Chicago. In the video from which I’ve shown some example images, above, we see the restoration of a badly torn portrait by William Merritt Chase. The videos are not meant to be detailed or instructional, they just follow the general process. I’m not familiar enough with cont...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Gallery And Museum Art, Baumgartner, William Merritt, Tools and Techniques

Eye Candy for today: Ivan Shishkin graphite drawing

Trees by the Stream, Ivan Shishkin Link is to the image page on The Athenaeum, direct link to the large image here. Original is in the Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg. The drawing is in graphite. I don’t have the dimensions. Like many of the great landscape painters, 19th century Russian master Ivan Shishkin made lot of drawings of landscape subjects, some presumably just for study, and others in preparation for studio paintings. I love how the main trees emerge from the ...
Tags: Art, Drawing, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Ivan Shishkin, Ivan Shishkin Link, Russian Academy of Arts St Petersburg

Randall Graham

Randall Graham is a painter based in southeastern Pennsylvania who isn’t reluctant to experiment with variations in style. His approach ranges from straightforward realism to highly textural surfaces to the semi-abstraction of a series that he calls “en rain air”, plein air paintings done in the rain through the blur of raindrops on the window of his van. He has been experimenting lately with the highly textural approach made possible by combining oil paint with cold wax medium. There is an ar...
Tags: Art, Pennsylvania, Graham, Gallery And Museum Art, Randall Graham

Eye Candy for Today: Frencesco Novelli ink and wash drawing

Diana and Her Hounds, Frencesco Novelli Pen and black ink with brown wash; roughly 5 x 4″ (13 x 10 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. I don’t know much about Francesco Novelli, who was active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but I find this drawing interesting for several reasons. First, it’s simply a beautifully realized drawing. The basic ink drawing, in black, is composed of broken lines, with spaces open at many points. The brown wash fills in the form and ...
Tags: Art, Drawing, Diana, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, Pen & Ink, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Novelli, Morgan Library and Museum, Frencesco Novelli, Frencesco Novelli Pen, Francesco Novelli

Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle is a painter based in the Delaware Valley area who paints figures, still life, landscapes and interiors. His landscapes and interiors often incorporate still life elements, handled with a rough edged, painterly style suited to their often rustic feel. Doyle frequently employs backgrounds that are textural combinations of multiple muted colors, giving them energy and a feeling of changing light. Michael Doyle’s work will be on display in a show at the Somerville Manning Gallery i...
Tags: Art, Gallery And Museum Art, Wilmington Delaware, Doyle, Michael Doyle, Delaware Valley, Somerville Manning Gallery

Eye Candy for Today: Joaquim Vayreda’s Scarecrow

The Scarecrow, Joaquim Vayreda Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Museu Nacional D-Art de Catalunya. 19th century Spanish painter Joaquim Vayreda gives us a nicely evocative scene of farm fields in early Autumn.  
Tags: Google, Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Joaquim Vayreda, Museu Nacional D Art de Catalunya

Eye Candy for Today: Levitan’s Golden Autumn

Golden Autumn (Zolotaya Osen), Isaac Levitan Link is to page with access to high-resolution image file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing the original, but the Tretyakov image seems a little over exposed to me, so I’m going with the Wikimedia version. A justifiably famous painting by the 19th century Russian landscape master. Brilliant use of complementary blues and oranges. The greens are more subdued than they may appear ...
Tags: Art, Moscow, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Tretyakov, Levitan, Zolotaya Osen Isaac Levitan Link

Eye Candy for Today: John Carlin watercolor portrait miniature

Portrait of a Lady, John Carlin Watercolor on ivory, roughly 4 x 3 inches (9 x 7 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s possible that this is a grayscale image of a more colorful painting — the Met’s website pages doesn’t comment — but my guess is that it was painted monochromatically. The portrait is obviously of a real and not idealized person, and sensitively painted in that wonderful drybrush/stipple watercolor technique that was prevalent in the mid to late 19th ce...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Watercolor And Gouache, John Carlin, John Carlin Watercolor

Fred Danziger (update)

Originally from Pittsburgh, Fred Danziger is a Philadelphia based painter whose work I have long admired, and who I wrote about previously in 2012. Danziger’s subject matter ranges from cityscapes, rich with city lights and city dwellers, to contemplative landscapes, so calm as to seem as far away from the bustle of the city as possible. Over his history as a painter, he has also taken on a variety of other subjects and a range of approaches. All of his work, though, strikes me as a product o...
Tags: Art, Maine, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Gallery And Museum Art, Old City, Danziger, Fred Danziger

Eye Candy for Today: William Holman Hunt watercolor still life

Still Life with Plums, William Holman Hunt Watercolor on paper, roughly 12 x 14 inches (30 x 37 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum. (Zoomable and downloadable versions of the image are available on the site.) A beautiful and sensitively observed still life by the Pre-Raphaelite master. It appears to be done in a watercolor technique that combines the intricate application of drybrush and stipple. It’s interesting to compare this to the similarly rendered watercolor still ...
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, William Henry Hunt, Watercolor And Gouache, William Holman Hunt, William Holman Hunt Watercolor, Morgan Library and Museum Zoomable

Russ Kramer

Connecticut based marine artist Russ Kramer focuses much of his work on the drama of historic yacht races, emphasizing the movement of water and vertiginous angles of the boats as they are lifted and tossed by the power of the waves. He has a touch for rendering roiled water in a way that feels palpable, capturing both its movement and visual texture. Kramer also finds drama in the play of light on his subjects, enlivening even his portrayals of more sedate harbor scenes. In addition to the im...
Tags: Art, Illustration, Connecticut, Gallery And Museum Art, James Gurney, Kramer, Russ Kramer

Eye Candy for Today: William Merritt Chase Shinnecock landscape

Landscape: Shinnecock, Long Island, William Merritt Chase In the collection of the Princeton University Art Museum; which has zoomable and downloadable version of the image on their website. There is also a downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons. I have long been an admirer of the paintings of the 19th century American artist William Merritt Chase, for his portraits, interiors, still life and landscapes. Among his landscapes are a series of wonderful paintings from his summers living and teac...
Tags: Art, Chase, Long Island, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Long Island New York, Montauk, William Merritt Chase, William Merritt, Shinnecock Hills, Princeton University Art Museum, Shinnecock Long Island William Merritt Chase, Delaware Maryland New Jersey, Amaganssett East Hampton

Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson

Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson was an American painter, active in the late 19th century, who was born in Philadelphia and studied there at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as in Paris where she spent a notable portion of her career. Her style and subject matter ranged from influences of French neo-classical painting to the Frency Symbolism and the Paris Salon to plein air landscape and Pre-Raphaelite painting.  
Tags: Art, Paris, Philadelphia, Gallery And Museum Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson

Eye Candy for Today: Early Autumn, Montclair by George Inness

Early Autumn, Montclair, George Inness The link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a high-resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Delaware Art Museum (which unfortunately doesn’t have its collection online, though there is more on the Google Art Project). This is one of my favorite paintings in the world. Growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this painting at the Delaware Art Museum on a frequent ba...
Tags: Google, Art, Earth, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, George Inness, Wilmington Delaware, Da Vinci, Autumnal Equinox, Inness, Montclair New Jersey, Delaware Art Museum, Vernal Equinox

Francis Seymour Hayden

Francis Seymour Hayden was a successful surgeon, and also a dedicated and influential etcher. Active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Hayden was already an etcher when James McNeill Whistler became his brother-in-law. Hayden was enthusiastic in his studies of past paster of printmaking, so much so that created an noted catalogue of Rembrandt’s etchings and wrote an important monograph, The Etched Work of Rembrandt critically reconsidered. Among the examples of his work on the web, ...
Tags: Art, Rembrandt, Gallery And Museum Art, Hayden, James McNeill Whistler, Prints and Printmaking, Francis Seymour Hayden, Etched Work of Rembrandt