Posts Tagged ‘painting’

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The Garden by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith at the Akron Art Museum is mesmerizing image that draws me in every time I visit the painting.

 

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I encountered a wonderful painting at the Akron Art Museum entitled “Spring Awakening” by Alma W. Thomas.  After retiring from her career as an art teacher in 1960, Thomas devoted herself full-time to making art.   It was great to find another kindred spirit artist at the Museum.

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It’s been a while since I have posted anything that I have been working on in the studio.  This is a painting that I began in 2006 and set aside until this summer.  It has gone through many changes.  I am almost finished with it but again I am setting it a side for a new project I am beginning.

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Edward Hopper’s wife, Josephine N. Hopper, served as his model for 1952’s Morning Sun.  Another one of my favorite paintings at the Columbus Museum of Art.

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One of my favorite paintings at the Columbus Museum of Art is Sunflowers in the Windstorm by Emile Nolde.  The painting reflects the times in which we live as we look back at days of the past and worry of the dark clouds on our horizon.  Expressionism at it’s finest.

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My painting ” Longing for Spring” on display at Lakeland Community College during their May show this year.

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Christ in profile, 1930 Georges Rouault.

I was wonderfully surprised on my first visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum to see a very large collection of paintings by my favorite painter Georges Rouault.

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Georges Rouault, Still life with flowers, 1939

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Georges Rouault,The injured clown, 1932

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Georges Rouault, The Clown, 1918-22

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Georges Rouault, Nocturne, 1939

Rouault’s early style was academic. But around 1898 he went through a psychological crisis, and, subsequently, partly under the influence of Post-Impressionist artists: Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne, he evolved in a direction that placed him as, a fellow traveller of the Fauves (Wild Beasts), who favored the use of strong color like blues, dramatic lighting, emphatic forms, and an expressive scribble.

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Georges Rouault, Detail of Nocturne, 1939

Rouault’s artistic evolution was accompanied by a religious one, for he had become an ardent Roman Catholic.  He began to frequent, as had Daumier, the Paris law courts, where he had a close view of humanity apparently fallen from the grace of God. His artistic focus became prostitutes, tragic clowns, and pitiless judges.

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Georges Rouault, Detail#2 of Nocturne, 1939

Rouault is considered an isolated figure in art history for at least two reasons: he practiced Expressionism a style that has never found much favor in France, and he was chiefly a religious painter—one of the most convincing in recent centuries. Both statements, however, need qualification. Rouault was not as fiercely Expressionistic as some of his expressionistic contemporaries; and he was not an official church artist; his concern with sin and redemption was deeply personal.  Rouault has been an artist of personal interest and inspiration to me.  That’s one of the reasons I was so thrilled to see so many of his paintings in Cincinnati.

 

My recent trip to the Cincinnati Museum of Art allowed me the opportunity to explore many examples of faith explored through art and here are a few of my favorites.

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The Fall of the Angles,  Nicolás Francés

 

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The Lamentation,  Pedro Berruguete

 

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Christ in agony on the Cross, El Greco.

On a recent trip to the Cincinnati Museum of Art I have found many images to inspire my creative soul that I wish to share on my blog.

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Frank Duveneck, Self-portrait 1877.

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The Underground Railroad, Charles T. Webber, 1825.

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J. E. Weis, Winter in Cincinnati, 1920

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Inspirational art from my trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Hans Hofmann Sommernachtstraum, 1957

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Jasper Johns  Numbers in Color, 1958-1959

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Detail of Numbers in Color.