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Eye Candy for Today: Whistler etching, Fumette

Fumette, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, etching, roughly 6 x 4″ (16 x 11 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, original of this version of the print is in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery. You can see other versions of the print in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. In this portrayal of his mistress...

Edwin Deakin

At the age of 18, when his family emigrated from England to the United States, Edwin Deakin was already established as a landscape painter. 17 years later, in 1873, he left his adopted home in San Francisco and traveled back across the Atlantic, painting in England, France and Switzerland and exhibiting in the prestigious Paris Salon. He returned...

Eye Candy for Today: Hubert von Herkomer’s Miss May Miles

Miss May Miles, Hubert von Herkomer I have not seen the original of this painting, but my experience with comparing art images on the web with their originals — in the case of paintings I have seen in person — gives me the impression that some well-intentioned but misguided individual along the way has increased the saturation of the color, likely...

Sketches in Line and Wash by Jeanette L. Gurney

If, like me, you’ve watched many of James Gurney’s excellent short videos on YouTube, you have undoubtedly seen Jeanette Gurney, James Gurney’s wife, playing a supporting role, often accompanying him on sketching trips and sketching in the background while he sketches or paints. Occasionally, we would get a look at her line and watercolor drawings,...

Eye Candy for Today: Homer’s A Basket of Clams

A Basket of Clams, Winslow Homer, watercolor and gouache, roughly 11 x 10 inches (29 x 25 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image available. The museum lists the materials of this early watercolor by Homer as simply “watercolor on wove paper”. Why there is no mention of...

Nicholas Kole

Nicholas Kole is an illustrator and concept artist based in Vancouver, BC. His clients include Disney, Dreamworks, Hasbro, EA Games/Waystone, Riot, Axis, ReelFX, Mattel, 38 Studios and Spiritwalk Games, among others. Kole’s style is energetic and cartoony, with just enough rendering to give his characters an appealing dimensional aspect. For the...

Eye Candy for the Summer Solstice: Walter Moras, Summer Idyll

Summer Idyll (Sommeridylle), Walter Moras, oil on canvas, roughly 31 x 47 inches (80 x 120 cm) Link is to a page on Wikimedia Commons that offers a large file; I don’t know the location of the original. German landscape painter Walter Moras (active n the late 19th and early 20th centuries) gives us a bucolic image of a small stream on a summer day....

More portraits of artists’ fathers

More portraits of artists’ fathers. For more see my previous post: Portraits of the artist’s father. (Images above, [links are to relevant Lines and Colors posts]: Ilya Repin, Herbert Drouais, Jenny Fay, Anna Klumpke, Andrew James, Paul Cezanne, Antonio Mancini, Marcel Duchamp, John Singer Sargent)  

Eye Candy for Today: Dante Gabriel Rossetti graphite portrait

Portrait of Mrs. William Morris, née Jane Burden, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, graphite on paper, roughly 13 x 11″ (33 x 29 cm). In the Morgan Library and Museum, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image on their site. I’m intrigued, in this drawing, by the Art-Nouveau influenced curves of the outlines, and how subtly they’re indicated....

Eugen Bracht

During his career, German landscape painter Eugen Bracht traversed the styles of Romanticism, Symbolism and Impressionism. Active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Bracht was known primarily for his intensely moody coastal landscapes — in particular one titled The Shore of Oblivion (images above, top, with two detail crops) that was considered...

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