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Beyond the French Impressionists: 21 USA, Childe Hassam
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Note: his surname is British, not Arabic, in origin, and he placed the stress on the first syllable, HASSəm. He was known to all though as Childe, pronounced as in child. Born in Dorchester, Boston, MA, in 1859, he studied the craft of wood engraving... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 22 USA, Robinson, Twachtman, Weir
Although there were other American Impressionists, most of the remainder have slipped into relative obscurity. Here I will cover, a bit more briefly, three of those for whom there are still a reasonable number of good quality images freely available. The most prominent of all American Impressionists was, of... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 23 USA, John Singer Sargent
You may have gathered from my previous article on John Singer Sargent that I rather like his paintings. In fact he is my favourite American painter, and I think one of the greatest painters of all time. So I offer this article in recognition, for you to enjoy some... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 0 index of peri-Impressionists
This is an index of the 61 artists covered in this series to 9 July 2015. A total of 38 entries are given with an example painting, a short summary, and link to the article in which their career and work is detailed. A further 23 entries are shorter,... Read more
Trees in the landscape: winter special, effets de neige (effects of snow)
The great majority of paintings of trees show them in leaf, from the brilliant pale green of spring to the burning golds and browns of autumn. But there is a long history of occasional landscapes painted with trees bare, and snow on the ground. This seasonal celebration of the... Read more
Into the Light: John Ferguson Weir, Yale’s founding father
You will already have come across the wonderful paintings of the American Impressionist Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), which I sampled in my article about him. He came from a very artistic family: his father, Robert Walter Weir, was a professor of drawing at West Point, and his half-brother John... Read more
Alchemy: 9 – Turner and tubes
With artists’ colourmen supplying growing ranges of ready-made oil paints in bladders, it was relatively straightforward for landscape painters like John Constable (1776-1837) to go out in front of the motif and paint en plein air in oils. Neither were artists like Constable reliant on the support of a... Read more
If you go down to the woods: leaf-peeping
Just as we go out in the Spring to view the blossom – an important activity in east Asian countries – so we go out in the autumn/fall for a spot of leaf peeping: the informal English term now widely used for viewing of autumn colours in foliage. In... Read more
By the Sweat of their Brow – people at work 1
It was a long time before painters paid much attention to the working man and woman. When the Industrial Revolution swept through Europe during the latter half of the eighteenth century, a few artists were sufficiently moved by its visual effects as to commit them to canvas. Joseph Wright... Read more
Paintings of Autumn 1: 1573-1895
For those of us who live beyond the Tropics, I look on autumn/fall as being compensation in advance for what we’re about to suffer in the winter, and Spring as our reward for getting through. In this and the next article, I’d like to celebrate over three centuries of... Read more