Dotty Attie on John Auguste Dominique Ingres

John Auguste Dominique Ingres, La Grande Odalisque (Detail), 1814, Oil on canvas, 35.8 x 63.8 inches When I was eleven, my father, who had wanted to be a painter, but became a salesman after he married my mother, brought me a little book of drawings by Ingres. He said...

Fay Ku on Jules Bastien-Lepage

It was the intensity of her expression that arrested me: wild wide eyes absorbed by some otherworldly sight or sound.

Scott Greene on Winslow Homer

I’m not sure when I first saw Winslow Homer’s “The Herring Net,” but the piece bobs up and down in my imagination, weathering trends, taste and time.

Tony Robbin on Claude Monet

It is rare, and always impressive, when an older artist turns a winter’s passion into a new body of work.

Peggy Cyphers on Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga, Possibly 1790s, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches Goya paints animals like they were enchanted beings. In his celebrated portrait “Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga,” the pets are not merely props;...

Sarah Walker on Shiva Vishvarupa

Before I can grasp it with my mind, this painting has already saturated and immobilized me. What am I looking at? Not so much a painting as a force.

David Humphrey on James Ensor

Misreading pleases me almost as much as mishearing. The read or heard phrase arrives into consciousness seeming to belong to someone else…

Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard

I first saw Bonnard’s Large Yellow Nude at MOMA in 1998, and was immediately struck by what an exceedingly weird painting it is.