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Dec. 11 Art Minute: Hiroshi Yoshida, Daibutsu Temple Gate

Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

Trained as an artist in Japan, Europe, and the United States, Hiroshi Yoshida worked as a painter until the age of 44 when he created his first woodblock print. In 1925, Yoshida began his own print studio. Throughout his career, he tirelessly promoted to the Western world the Japanese artists who revived the traditional color […]

Art Minute: Arthur Hughes, Ophelia (“And He Will Not Come Back Again”)

Posted on Monday, November 27th, 2017

The sad madness and death of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a favorite subject of the group of British artists who called themselves the Pre-Raphaelites. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which included William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, frequently depicted literary subjects, placing an emphasis on emotional and symbolic content. Though not an original member of the […]

Nov. 20 Art Minute: Frans Hals, Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape

Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

Frans Hals, one of the three giants of 17th-century Dutch painting along with Rembrandt and Vermeer, was also one of the greatest portraitists of all time. Renowned for his dashing single figures of the Dutch middle class, often paired with a rendering of the sitter’s spouse, Hals also painted a number of group portraits, most […]

Nov. 13 Art Minute: Hendrick Terbrugghen, The Supper at Emmaus

Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017

According to the Gospel of Saint Luke, after the death of Christ, two of his disciples traveling on the road to Emmaus met a stranger and invited him to join them. At supper, he blessed bread and broke it to give to the disciples. They saw immediately that the stranger was Christ risen from the […]

Nov. 6 Art Minute: Jan Davidsz. de Heem, ‘Still Life with a View of the Sea’

Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017

Jan Davidsz. de Heem presents a luscious meal painted with such mouth-watering detail that we can see the knife marks on the sliced ham and want to feel the dimples on the lemon (but please don’t!). The placement of the table suggests that we have just pulled up a chair and are ready to eat. […]

Oct. 30 Art Minute: Maurice Denis, “Le Voyage d’Urien (The Voyage of Urien)”

Posted on Monday, October 30th, 2017

Produced as a collaborative endeavor between artist Maurice Denis and writer André Gide, Le Voyage d’Urien (The Voyage of Urien) is regarded as a masterpiece of Art Nouveau design. Featuring 30 color lithographs and one wood engraving (the cover), it represents one of the first modern efforts to consider the harmonious relationship of illustrations to […]

Oct. 23 Art Minute: Hermine David, “Cressida”

Posted on Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Based loosely on a Trojan War character found in Homer’s Iliad (8th century BCE), Cressida’s modern-day persona stems from medieval and Renaissance retellings of her story as a love triangle. As popularized in works by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1500) and William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Cressida pledges her love to Trojan prince Troilus. After she is traded in […]

Oct. 16 Art Minute: Pablo Picasso, Les Metamorphoses

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Ancient Roman writer Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a collection of more than 250 separate myths loosely linked by the theme of transformation, provided Pablo Picasso his first opportunity in illustrated book form to engage with classical antiquity in a visually expressive, modern fashion. Though written in 8 CE in the grand style of classical poetry, Ovid’s epic […]

Oct. 9 Art Minute: Henri Laurens, Les Idylles (Idylls)

Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

One of the first sculptors to translate the innovations of Cubist painting in sculpture, Henri Laurens also collaborated on nine books over the course of his career. Les Idylles, a masterpiece of modern book illustration, represents the first of three collaborations with Tériade, one of the most influential and inventive publishers of livres d’artistes (artist-illustrated […]

Oct. 2 Art Minute: Henri Matisse, Pasiphaé: Chant de Minos (Les Crétois)

Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Pasiphaé: Chant de Minos (Les Crétois) is widely recognized as one of Henri Matisse’s most successful artist books. This 20th-century retelling of an ancient myth describes how Pasiphaé, the wife of King Minos of Crete, falls in love with a white bull sent by the sea god Poseidon. From their union, she gives birth to a bull-headed child known […]