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Eye Candy for Today: Heinrich Reinhold pencil drawing

A View of Civitella from the Serpentara next to Olevano, graphite on paper, roughly 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30 cm), in the collection of the Getty Museum, additional zoomable image on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. This drawing by German painter Heinrich Reinhold, who was active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, gives...

Sija Hong

Originally from China and now based in New York, Sija Hong is an illustrator whose clients include Scientific American, Tor, Chronicle Books, Lerner Publishing Group, and Little Brown & Company Books, among others. Her illustrations are swirling, multilayered cascades of imagery and design elements, shimmering with vibrant color. Hong tames these...

Eye Candy for Today: Alois Arnegger spring landscape

Primavera, Alois Arnegger I don’t know about you, but I could use a bit of Spring right about now, even if it’s only in the form of a painting. Austrian painter Alois Arnegger, who was active in the early 19th century, invites us to walk into an idyllic spring day, rich with textural brushwork and spattered suggestions of blossoms. I don’t know...

Hopper in Paris

When Edward Hopper was in his early twenties, he lived in Paris for a year, and later returned on several occasions. He painted and sketched while he was there, as well as being exposed to art and artists he might not have encountered otherwise, laying the groundwork for his developing signature style. “Hopper in Paris” was a recent show at the Phillips...

Eya Candy for Today: Stillman’s Love’s Messenger

Love’s Messenger, Marie Spartali Stillman, watercolor, tempera and gold paint on paper, 32 x 26 inches (116 x 100 cm). I’ve stood in front of this beautiful painting in the Delaware Art Museum more times than I can count, marveling not only at the beautiful composition and subtle color, but at the remarkable painting technique and the delicately textural...

Charles Dana Gibson

Charles Dana Gibson was one of America’s great “Golden Age” illustrators, and one of its finest proponents of pen and ink illustration. He is particularly known for his drawings of the “Gibson Girl”, an idealized example of what at the time was becoming known as the “New Woman”. The Gibson Girl became a symbol of women who were coming to the fore...

Eye Candy for Today: Daniel Ridgway Knight figure in landscape

Unfortunately, I can’t find the title, size or other information on this beautiful paining by turn of the 20th century American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight. [Addendum: artist James DeBoer has been kind enough to provide that information: the title is Partant pour le Travail (Leaving for Work), the painting is 32 x26″ (81 x 66 cm), and was painted in...

Hiroshi Yoshida exhibit in Tokyo

Hiroshi Yoshida the wonderful Japanese printmaker — active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — was trained in western art styles and painting and eventually combined those aesthetics with the traditions of Japanese art to create beautiful woodblock paints in the shin hanga style. A new exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum commemorates...

Eye Candy for Today Mrs Smith watercolor of plums and caterpillars

Branch with a cluster of ripe plums and caterpillars, Mrs. Smith; watercolor, roughly 10 x 10 inches (25 x 25 cm). Link is to the image page on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The image is credited to “Mrs. Smith”, based on a pencil signature at the lower right of the paper. Neither Wikimedia Commons...

Zufar Bikbov

Orignally from Russia, Zufar Bikbov is a painter now based in the U.S. whose landscapes and occasional still life paintings are painted with bold confidence based on a solid draftsmanship. His color palettes are balanced between high chroma highlights and restrained supporting colors, giving a feeling of bright but naturalistic color. I particularly...

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