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Dec. 2 Art Minute: Louis Léopold Boilly, ‘S’il Vous Plaît’

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Through colors, styles, fabrics, and renderings, artists often use the representation of dress to give us clues to define nobility, significance, gender expectations, historical context, or socio–economic status of those depicted. Though green was often a color associated with the counter–revolutionary movement in France, the figures in Louis Léopold Boilly’s S’il Vous Plaît wear the […]

Nov. 25 Art Minute: ‘Favrile Fabrique (Linenfold) Library Lamp’

Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016

Like other lighting retailers in New York, Tiffany Studios offered table lamps with a choice of traditional parchment and pleated silk shades. From 1913 to 1914, the independent designer Henry O. Schmidt (1860–1943) patented a new type of mold-cast glass lampshade panels for Tiffany Studios imitating delicately pleated silk. Under the directorship of Leslie Hayden […]

Nov. 18 Art Minute: Alice Neel, ‘Nancy and the Rubber Plant’

Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016

In her 1984 New York Times obituary, she was called “the quintessential bohemian.” Overlooked by the art establishment until the final decades of her long career, Alice Neel is now regarded as one of the great painters of the twentieth century. Neel’s portraits of friends, family, and acquaintances are arresting in their ability to simultaneously […]

Nov. 11 Art Minute: René Lalique, “Poppy Necklace”

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016

The flowing curves and naturalism of this expressive floral pendant define it as a quintessential jewel of the Art Nouveau style. It was designed and produced by the French artist-jeweler René Lalique, who had operated a studio in Paris since 1890. Trained in Paris and London within the rigid practices of the nineteenth-century goldsmith’s trade, […]

Nov. 4 Art Minute: Andrew Wyeth, ‘The Hunter’

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016

In The Hunter, painted as an illustration for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post and the work that brought the artist to national attention, Wyeth used a startling and unusual point of view—that of the hunted bird—to give this otherwise ordinary scene of a hunter in a fall landscape a heightened sense of drama. The viewer is […]

Oct. 28 Art Minute: John George Brown, ‘The Country Gallants’

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016

As industrialization and urbanization changed the landscape and society in the mid-1800s, America’s past became the object of romantic nostalgia. Scenes of simple, idealistic rural life like this one were sought by middleclass city dwellers. Born in England, but settling in New York in 1853, John George Brown was one of the most successful painters […]

Oct. 21 Art Minute: Jasper Francis Cropsey, ‘Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania’

Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016

Jasper Francis Cropsey’s views of fiery autumn scenes captured the forests, mountains, and valleys of the northeast in a celebration of America’s unique, often untouched, natural beauty. As the nation grew, the human presence increasingly intruded on this natural beauty. Images of the railroad often symbolized this growth, seen both as a sign of progress […]

Oct. 14 Art Minute: Pierre-Étienne-Théodore Rousseau, ‘Under the Birches, Evening’

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016

The majestic trees and extraordinary light of this painting are hallmarks of Théodore Rousseau’s landscapes. A partially obscured parish priest travels on horseback along a country lane through the late October countryside, lit by the last rays of the setting sun. Rousseau captures this fading light as a fiery glow igniting the colors of autumn. […]

Oct. 7 Art Minute: Gustave Courbet, Landscape Near Ornans

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016

“To paint a land you have to know it. I know my land and I paint it. That undergrowth—it comes from our land. That river—it’s the Loue…Those rocks, those are in Ornans…Go look, you’ll recognize all my paintings.” –Gustave Courbet Gustave Courbet painted the jagged rock formations and rugged ravines around Ornans, France, with a […]

Sept. 30 Art Minute: Paul Manship, ‘Dancer and Gazelles’

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016

Fluid, graceful motion defines Paul Manship’s Dancer and Gazelles, its sinuous contours and abstract elegance reflecting Manship’s free interpretation of artistic sources. With its streamlined forms and its references to classical subjects, Manship’s sculpture was an important precursor to the Art Deco style. He deftly straddled the traditional taste for decorative beauty and the modernist appreciation […]