RSS

Tag Archives: American realism

Art of the Day – 03/10/17 (Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Robert Henri)

Daily Artwork — “Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Robert Henri, 1916”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum, commissioned this portrait in 1916 from Robert Henri, leader of the urban realist painters who had shocked the New York art world barely a decade earlier with their images of ordinary people and commonplace city life. By 1916, Mrs. Whitney, a professional sculptor, had founded the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, a lively center for the support and exhibition of new American art. When Henri’s portrait was finished, Mrs. Whitney’s husband, Harry Payne Whitney, refused to allow her to hang it in their opulent Fifth Avenue town house. He didn’t want his friends to see a picture of his wife, as he put it, “in pants.” Mrs. Whitney’s attire and self-possessed demeanor were highly unusual for a well-bred woman of her day. In this painting, Henri transformed the traditional genre of a recumbent female—usually a nude courtesan or the goddess Venus—into a portrait of the quintessential “modern” woman. The portrait hung in Whitney’s West 8th Street studio, which in 1931 became the first home of the Whitney Museum. [OBJECT LABEL]

1916 — Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.  Oil paint on canvas. American Realism style. Robert Henri (1865-1929).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

Click image to enlarge

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Daily Art

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Artwork of the Day – 10/29/15 (The Twist, Thomas Hart Benton)

Daily Artwork — “The Twist, Thomas Hart Benton, 1964”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

1964 — The Twist. Polymer Tempera on Canvas. American Realism or Regionalism style. Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975). Private Collection.

Click image to enlarge

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Daily Art

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Artwork of the Day – 5/7/13 (Music in the Plaza, 1920)

Daily Artwork — “Music in the Plaza, John French Sloan, 1920”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

1920 — Music in the Plaza. Oil on canvas. American Realism style. John French Sloan (1871-1951). New Mexico Museum of Art.

 Click image to enlarge

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Daily Art

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,