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Alfred de Breanski

Alfred de Breanski was a British painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He painted a variety of landscape subjects, but his clear preference was for mountains. You will sometimes see him listed as Alfred de Breanski Sr., because his son was also a painter.  

Eye Candy for Today: Vermeer’s Geographer

The Geographer, Johannes Vermeer, oil on canvas, roughly 18×20 inches(45 x 51 cm). Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Staedel Museum, Germany. Twenty six years ago this month, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC debuted a most remarkable exhibition of the works...

Drawings of Andrew Fisher Brunner

Andrew Fisher Brunner was an American artist active in the late 19th century. He is noted for his landcape watercolors and for his drawings, particularly those in pen and ink. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a nice collection of his drawings, visible online in reasonably large images. Many of these are of Venice. He has a seemingly casual style...

Eye Candy for Today: Levitan’s Birch Grove

Birch Grove, by Isaac Levitan, oil on paper mounted to canvas, roughly 12 x 20 inches (30 x 50 cm). Link is to image page on WikiArt (click “View all Sizes” for access to large image); original is in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. This is a beautiful and widely recognized landscape painting by the brilliant 19th century Russian painter. I love everything...

Edmund Dulac (revisited)

Edmund Dulac was a French illustrator who moved to England relatively early in his career and eventually became a naturalized British citizen. He worked in the latter part of the “Golden Age” of illustration and beyond. He was renowned in particular his illustrations for several series of books based on the Arabian Nights. I wrote more extensively...

Eye Candy for Today: Jules Bastien-Lepage genre painting

Le Père Jacques (The Wood Gatherer), Jules Bastien-Lepage, oil on canvas, roughly 77 x 71 inches (197 x 182 cm). Original is in the Milwaukee Art Museum. One of the things that has always fascinated me about 19th century French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage is his use of value relationships. Notice how vibrantly the young girl, and in particular her...

Values in Monet’s Impression, Sunrise

Originally exhibited in the April 1874 exhibit of the Societe’ Anonyme des Artistes, Peintires, Sculpters, Graveurs, Etc. (Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc.), now referred to as the First Impressionist Exhibition, this painting by Claude Monet appeared with the title: Impression, Sunrise. The name was picked up by unsympathetic...

Some early work by M.C. Escher

Many people are aware of the graphic work of Dutch printmaker M.C. Escher that bends logic and presents mind-boggling visions of impossible worlds and structures. Fewer have seen many of his earlier works, that are much more straightforward and “possible” (if sometimes fanciful). Here are a few examples. For more images and info, see my previous...

Eye Candy for Today: Janet Fish still life

Red Vase and Yellow Tulips, Janet Fish; oil and graphite on canvas, roughly 42 x 86 in. (107 x 220 cm), private collection; link is to Christie’s Auctions. Janet Fish is a contemporary American painter known for her luminous still life paintings, particularly of clear and colored glassware. For more, see my previous post on Janet Fish.  

James Jebusa Shannon

Born in the U.S., James Jebusa Shannon moved to the UK to study when he was 16, and spent most of his life and career there. Shannon made his mark as a highly successful portrait painter and has been compared to his contemporary, John Singer Sargent.  

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