Zaria Forman on William Bradford

Zaria Forman on William Bradford

William Bradford, Icebergs in the Arctic, Oil on canvas, 1882 In July 1869, American painter William Bradford, alongside photographers John L. Dunmore and George Critcherson, embarked on the first expedition to the Arctic devoted principally to art.  In the course of...
Ellen Altfest on Francois Boucher

Ellen Altfest on Francois Boucher

Francois Boucher, Brown Odalisque, 1745, Oil on canvas, 25 x 21 inches, Musée Du Louvre, Paris, France, Photo by Ellen Altfest I’ve always disliked the Rococo, and pretty much any artist who paints pink cheeks (Rubens, Renoir, Hals, etc.). For me, it’s not the...
Richard Estes on Bernardo Bellotto

Richard Estes on Bernardo Bellotto

Bernardo Bellotto, View of Pirna with the Fortress of Sonnenstein, 1755/65, Oil on canvas, 19 3/8 x 31 1/4 inches There is a small painting by Bellotto at the Chicago Art Institute – a view of a street in the small town of Pirna, Germany a short distance from...
Amy Weiskopf on Carlo Carra

Amy Weiskopf on Carlo Carra

Carlo Carra, Natura Morta con la Squadra, 1917, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches If Pompeian still life frescos and Cubist still life paintings had a baby, Carlo Carra’s Natura Morta con la Squadra would be that child. Within the positivism of those Pompeian...
Julia Jacquette on Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Julia Jacquette on Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Adélaïde Labille–Guiard, Self–Portrait with Two Pupils, Mademoiselle Marie Gabrielle Capet (1761–1818) and Mademoiselle Carreaux de Rosemond (died 1788), 1785, Oil on canvas, 83 x 59 1/2 inches A number of years ago a well-known and influential New York art gallerist...
Adam Cvijanovic on Thomas Cole

Adam Cvijanovic on Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Savage State, 1834,  Oil on canvas, 39 ½ x 63 ½ inches Collection of The New-York Historical Society He was not a particularly remarkable painter. There is no dazzling brushstroke or consummate gesture. They are paintings that...