Zorawar Sidhu on František Kupka

Zorawar Sidhu on František Kupka

František Kupka, Planes by Colors: Large Nude, Oil on canvas, 1909-10, 59 ⅛” x 71 ⅛” Planes by Colors: Large Nude is František Kupka’s only surviving large scale figurative painting. Within a year of exhibiting it, he would never paint like this again, instead...
Suzanne Stryk on Maria Sibylla Merian

Suzanne Stryk on Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian, Pineapple with with insects, Hand colored engraving, 1719 In the late 1980s, my curator-friend Carolyn returned from DC bearing a small gift from the National Museum of Women in the Arts: a two-by-three-inch fridge magnet with an incredibly...
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...