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Art of the Day – 03/16/17 (The Absinthe Drinker, Albert Anker)

Daily Artwork — “The Absinthe Drinker, Albert Anker, 1908”

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1938 — The Absinthe Drinker.  Watercolor. Realism style. Albert Anker (1831-1910).  Private collection.

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Art of the Day – 03/15/17 (New Planet, Konstantin Yuon)

Daily Artwork — “New Planet (Новая планета), Konstantin Yuon, 1921”

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1921 — New Planet (Новая планета).  Tempera on cardboard. Symbolism style. Konstantin Yuon (1875-1958). Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

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Art of the Day – 03/14/17 (Music Lesson, Octav Bancila)

Daily Artwork — “Music Lesson, Octav Băncilă, 1914”

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1914 — Music Lesson.  Oil paint on canvas. Impressionism style. Octav Băncilă (1892-1964). Private collection.
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Art of the Day – 03/13/17 (Les Petits joueurs de cartes (Small Card Players), The Brothers Le Nain)

Daily Artwork — “Les Petits joueurs de cartes (Small Card Players), The Brothers Le Nain, c1630-40”

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1630-40 — Les Petits joueurs de cartes.  Oil paint on canvas. Baroque style. The Brothers Le Nain. Owned by The Royal Collection Trust, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II; on loan to Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA.

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

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

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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

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Art of the Day – 03/08/17 (The First Real Target?, Peter Blake)

Daily Artwork — “The First Real Target?, Peter Blake, 1961”

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The foundations of Pop Art in America were laid during the 1950s by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Like Blake, both these artists incorporated images taken from popular culture into a fine art context, and Blake has acknowledged their example. This work refers to Johns’s work in particular. Whereas Johns had taken a familiar object – a target – and executed this motif on the canvas in a painterly style, Blake took this further by using a real archery target purchased from a sports shop. The work of art is consequently less like a painting and is even closer to the real world. Blake thus questions: is this ‘the first real target’? [MUSEUM CARD]

1961 — The First Real Target?.  Enamel on canvas and paper on board.  Pop Art style. Peter Blake (1932-).  Tate Modern, London, UK.

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Art of the Day – 03/07/17 (Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth)

Daily Artwork — “Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth, 1948”

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The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist’s neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, “was limited physically but by no means spiritually.” Wyeth further explained, “The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless.” He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery. [GALLERY LABEL]

1948 — Christina’s World.  Tempera on panel. Magic Realism style. Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009).  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.

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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Daily Art

 

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