Tim Doud on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Tim Doud on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,  At the Moulin Rouge, 1892-1895, Oil on canvas, 48 x 55 inches I came to my artistic interests in a very particular fashion. I was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts a port town near Cape Cod. My parents married young – both had...
Lauren Gidwitz on Édouard Vuillard

Lauren Gidwitz on Édouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard, Album, 1895, Oil on Canvas, 26 3/4 x 80 1/2 inches Every time I visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York I spend at least thirty minutes with Album, by Vuillard. It continues to fascinate me. The painting reads like a wave hitting the shore,...
Barry Nemett on Honore Daumier

Barry Nemett on Honore Daumier

Honore Daumier, The Strong Man, ca. 1865, Oil on wood panel, 11 x 14 inches My son’s breath warmed my neck as I lost myself in the wrinkle of his wrist. Blackness. Quiet. Then the skeleton: we’d barely entered the dark room when it danced headfirst from...
Gaby Collins-Fernandez on Frederick Edwin Church

Gaby Collins-Fernandez on Frederick Edwin Church

Frederick Edwin Church, Our Banner in the Sky, 1861, Oil on paper, 7.5 × 11.25 inches “Our Banner in the Sky” is a painting made almost entirely of belief, which is why I liked it at first sight, in reproduction no less, advertising the Met’s 2013 Civil War and...
Dotty Attie on John Auguste Dominique Ingres

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

Fay Ku on Jules Bastien-Lepage

Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joan of Arc, 1879, Oil on canvas, 100 x 110 inches It was the intensity of her expression that arrested me: wild wide eyes absorbed by some otherworldly sight or sound. One arm awkward and outstretched (is she blind? I wondered), feet grasping...