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Artwork of the Week: October 4

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013

Depicted here is the Kabuki onnagata, or female role specialist, Nakamura Jakuemon III (1875–1927) in the role of Oshichi. He is joined by two assistants called kurogo, barely visible hiding under their black robes and hoods (they were meant to blend into the background as they helped with costume and prop changes during a performance). […]

Artwork of the Week: September 27

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013

A decanter such as this was created to serve as a centerpiece or presentation piece; it articulated the skill of the maker over functionality with its difficult-to-use bellow shape. Made by John Liddell for Mt. Washington Glass Works, this decanter has an unusual topper despite probably never actually being used to store liquid. The glass […]

Artwork of the Week: September 20

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013

As leader of the Barbizon School of 19th-century landscape artists, Rousseau combined his inspiration from 17th-century Dutch landscapes with the school’s desire to paint outside in nature. This practice of working outside would later be used by the Impressionists as well. Rousseau also added his own personal experiences into works such as this by using […]

Artwork of the Week: September 13

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Mary Sibande lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her art, she often explores the identity of black women in postcolonial South African society. Here her alter-ego Sophie, a domestic maid that makes her final appearance in this particular work, defies gender stereotypes by wearing rubber-soled shoes and khaki fabric typically worn by male […]

Artwork of the Week: September 6

Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Odilon Redon found himself drawn to Gustave Flaubert’s classic The Temptation of Saint Anthony in 1882 because the peculiar imagery of the book was not unlike his own surreal imagination. Here we see an example of the creatures that tempted Saint Anthony away from his holy calling during a hallucination. One of more than 1,400 […]

Artwork of the Week: August 30

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Fritz Dreisbach has had an all-encompassing knowledge and history of glass in his career as an artist, glass technician, lecturer, and one of the founders of the Glass Art Society. He studied glass at the University of Wisconsin with Dale Chihuly under the direction of Harvey Littleton, a founder of the studio glass movement and […]

Artwork of the Week: August 23

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Along with Morgan Russell, Stanton Macdonald-Wright developed a new movement of painting called “Synchromy” to follow Cubism in 1913. Based on color theory, Synchromy’s adherents sought to move beyond the abstraction of figures and objects to arrive at a purely abstract, non-representational expression of ideas through color. Macdonald-Wright explained, “Synchromism simply means ‘with color’ as […]

Artwork of the Week: August 16

Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Joseph Baumhauer, a German-born cabinetmaker working in France, was known simply as Joseph to his French compatriots for the ease of pronouncing his name. Much of Baumhauer’s work was commissioned for dealers who specialized in luxury furniture. He was made a marchand-ébéniste privilégié du roi, a cabinetmaker and dealer to King Louis XV, around 1749. […]

Artwork of the Week: August 9

Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819) became a national hero in the War of 1812 after defeating a British squadron near Put-in-Bay, Ohio on Lake Erie. He sat for this likeness just before leaving for the West Indies in 1818, where he died of yellow fever on his 34th birthday. Gilbert Stuart was notorious for leaving paintings […]

Artwork of the Week: August 2

Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

In Egyptian culture, lions were noted for their strength and royalty and were often used to symbolically represent kings and pharaohs. It was also common to see a pharaoh’s head placed on a lion’s body, creating the Egyptian sphinx that has become so familiar. Alexander the Great’s burial included a miniature temple guarded by golden […]