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Artwork of the Week: August 28

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015

An exchange of glances is the focal point of Frederic Remington’s intriguing homage to the American West. Bent over their grazing ponies with buffalo skins thrown over them, two Native Americans of the western plains employ a time-honored hunting trick of disguising themselves as bison. A wagon train barely visible in the distance, however, suggests […]

Artwork of the Week: August 21

Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015

Swedish-born Carl Milles thought of his sculpture as a bridge between earth and the world beyond. For that reason, much of his work reflects themes from mythology—especially stories in which gods and humans interact. Wings suggests the Greek myth of Zeus and Ganymede. In the story, Zeus develops an affection for the beautiful young Trojan prince. Taking […]

Artwork of the Week: August 14

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015

Cleveland artist Edris Eckhardt is renowned as an early leader in 20th-century American ceramics and glass. A committed professional artist during a period that was characterized by hobbyists, she worked in the so-called craft media to create figural and abstract sculptures. Her finest pieces capture the best elements of both clay and glass, such as […]

Artwork of the Week: August 7

Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2015

Eugène Boudin invented the genre of la mer moderne (the modern sea)—his rapid, vigorously painted impressions of the seaside peopled with the fashionable set. He was dubbed “le roi des ceils” (king of the skies) by artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot for his luminous skies, which typically dominated his small canvases. Boudin was a strong advocate of painting and sketching en plein […]

Artwork of the Week: July 31

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Gold-ground paintings became popular in Italy in the 13th century. A gold background symbolized the light of Heaven, so was common for Christian devotional images like this panel painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. Hammered to paper thinness, gold leaf was adhered to the panel with reddish clay (bole)—you can see it […]

Artwork of the Week: July 24

Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015

The vase from the firm of Norwegian silversmith and jeweler Marius Hammer elegantly expresses Scandinavian Art Nouveau design and represents a rare example of one of Hammer’s three-dimensional plique-à-jour pieces in an American public collection. French for “braid letting in daylight,” plique-à-jour looks like miniature stained glass. It is a technical tour de force that requires glass […]

Artwork of the Week: July 17

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Responding to 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings, Charles-François Daubigny embarked on a career as a landscape painter. He was interested in transitory light effects and developed his technique increasingly toward a spontaneous application of paint, resulting in one critic lambasting him for “heading up the school of the impression.” From 1860 Daubigny made his home at […]

Artwork of the Week: July 10

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Edmund Osthaus was born in Hildesheim, Germany. He studied at Düsseldorf Academy and immigrated to America in 1882. He worked in St. Louis and Wisconsin until 1886 when Toledo Blade editor D.R. Locke brought him to Toledo as principal of Toledo Academy of Fine Arts, which Osthaus headed until 1892. Interest in dogs and hunting […]

Artwork of the Week: July 3

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The exuberant design on this engraved glass bowl shows a stylized fireworks display bursting above a gazebo in a tree-lined garden. Swedish Modern glass, first developed by Orrefors Glassworks in the 1910s, suggested “frozen liquid” in its simplicity and beauty. Edward (Edvard) Hald, one of Orrefors’ chief designers during the 1920s and 1930s, popularized the […]

Artwork of the Week: June 26

Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015

This Dutch cabinet is a tour-de-force of 17th-century luxury furniture-making techniques. The rich, red tortoiseshell veneer mimics Japanese lacquer and is beautifully contrasted with the carved ebony frame. The inlays of colored woods and ivory are expertly arranged in elaborate floral designs. Behind the central door are more drawers, inlays, a carved ivory plaque of […]