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Into the Light: Robert Henri and the Ashcan School
Robert Henri (1865–1929) was a colleague, friend, and rival of William Merritt Chase, and one of the most influential painters in America in the early twentieth century. He was born Robert Henry Cozad, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father was a property developer, and soon moved the family to Nebraska,... Read more
Hesiod’s Brush, the paintings of Gustave Moreau: 7 Salome’s success
Gustave Moreau had a successful Salon in 1876. I have already considered two of the paintings which he showed there, Saint Sebastian and the Angel and Hercules and the Lernean Hydra. The other two were an oil and a watercolour work based on the story of Salome and the... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1898-1900
Lovis Corinth didn’t just spend his time in Munich drinking red wine and champagne, but experimented in his painting and evolved his mature style. In 1897, he moved studio within Munich, and started to make increasingly frequent visits to Berlin, where he was able to obtain lucrative commissions for... Read more
The Story in Paintings: who killed John the Baptist? 1 Herodias
It is most unusual, perhaps unique, for a painting to have changed the account of a significant event in history, and to have generated a popular archetype which has since pervaded many other stories across all the arts. In this and the next couple of articles I am going... Read more
The Story in Paintings: who killed John the Baptist? 2 Doubt
The great majority of paintings showing the story of Herod’s party, Salome’s dance, and the execution of Saint John the Baptist prior to the nineteenth century drew on the traditional account given in the gospels, in which it was Salome’s mother, Herodias, who was the villain of the piece.... Read more
Analysing and telling changing narrative in Storyspace 5
In my last article, I reported experiencing some limitations when using Web Links. Following further assistance from Mark Anderson, I can explain more clearly how they should work, even though in that particular (now pretty large and complex) Storyspace document they don’t appear to do so. Once I have... Read more
The Story in Paintings: who killed John the Baptist? 3 Salome
By the middle of the nineteenth century, some ambiguity had been developing in the traditional biblical story of Herod’s party, Salome’s dance, and the execution of Saint John the Baptist. Although the underlying story still put Herodias as the driver behind John’s beheading, attention had been steadily transferred to... Read more
Hesiod’s Brush, the paintings of Gustave Moreau: 8 Into the sky
The 1876 Salon was the watershed in Gustave Moreau’s art. In four paintings, of which two featured Salome, he had re-established himself as one of the leading artists of the day. His next major focus was the Exposition Universelle of 1878, which was France’s demonstration to the world that... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1901-1904
With the success of his painting of Salome, and his move to Berlin, Lovis Corinth was reaching the peak of his career. He relished his new-found reputation as ‘the painter of flesh’, and was now at the centre of Germany’s vibrant city of modern arts. In 1902, he opened... Read more
The Salome Story: analysing and telling changing narrative on your Mac
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been putting together a hypertext document using Eastgate’s superb authoring environment, Storyspace. I think that it is pretty well ready now, and invite you to download it and try it out, please. You will need a demo version of Storyspace 3,... Read more