Marc Handelman on Martin Johnson Heade

Marc Handelman on Martin Johnson Heade

I. Beginning in the 1870’s, following a trip through Panama and Columbia and ending in Jamaica, the Luminist painter Martin Johnson Heade produced twenty-one canvases depicting Cattleya labiata orchids and tropical humming birds. These paintings feature the same fixed...
Sarah Slappey on James Ensor

Sarah Slappey on James Ensor

James Ensor, The Tribulations of Saint Anthony, 1887, Oil on canvas, 46 ⅜ x 66 inches James Ensor, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Hieronymous Bosch have all painted depictions of the torment of Saint Anthony by demons and monsters. In Ensor’s Tribulations of Saint...
Sophia Narrett on Edgar Degas

Sophia Narrett on Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, Scene of War in the Middle Ages, 1865, Oil and petrol on paper glued on canvas, 33.5 x 58 cm When I first saw Degas’s Portrait of Mlle Fiocre in the Ballet “La Source” I felt like I was experiencing the actual ballet as an audience member...
Tony Robbin on Bonnard’s Bathers

Tony Robbin on Bonnard’s Bathers

Pierre Bonnard, Nude in an Interior, 1912-14, Oil on Canvas, 134 x 69 cm It is often said that Pierre Bonnard’s paintings featuring bathers are intimate works, as the women are caught unawares, glimpsed in unguarded and private moments. But intimacy implies access....
Barry Nemett on Gwen John

Barry Nemett on Gwen John

Gwen John, A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris, 1907-09, Oil on canvas, 12.3 x 9.8 inches, National Museum Cardiff, Wales The building weighs less than a flower. The parasol stem dreams about being a wicker chair. A blade of wall threatens the throat of the...
Rosalyn Schwartz on Caspar David Friedrich

Rosalyn Schwartz on Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich, The Abbey in the Oakwood, 1809-1810, Oil on canvas, 43 x 67 inches Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany I first discovered the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich in the mid-1980’s when I was an Assistant Professor of Painting at the...