Archives: 18th-19th C.
It was the intensity of her expression that arrested me: wild wide eyes absorbed by some otherworldly sight or sound.
I must have been eight or nine years old when my older brother brought home a small Skira book on Van Gogh.
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.
It is rare, and always impressive, when an older artist turns a winter’s passion into a new body of work.
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;...
I love this image. And have for many years. Actually, it’s less about one painting and more about a book of images. I chose this one at random.
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.
Misreading pleases me almost as much as mishearing. The read or heard phrase arrives into consciousness seeming to belong to someone else…
“I paint them until I want to Pinch their bottom.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
I first saw Bonnard’s Large Yellow Nude at MOMA in 1998, and was immediately struck by what an exceedingly weird painting it is.