David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

William John Whittemore, Charles C. Curran, 1888/1889, oil on canvas, 17 x 21 inches Painted representations of palettes make me very happy. Artists can besmirch their carefully rendered image with blobs of gooey color as if it were an actual palette. Paint becomes a...
Johanna Robinson on Maria Lassnig

Johanna Robinson on Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig, Woman Laocoon (Woman Laocoön), 1976. Oil on canvas, 193 x 127 cm While researching paintings of snakes for a recent body of work, I was reminded of Maria Lassnig’s painting entitled Woman Laocoön, 1976. For nearly seventy years, Lassnig, an Austrian...
Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part II

Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part II

Pierre Bonnard, The Terrace at Vernonnet, 1939, Oil on canvas; 58 1/4 x 76 3/4 inches This is the second section of an essay first published in ArtPulse Magazine Vol. 7 in 2015 under the title ‘Bonnard’s Other Avant Garde. Bonnard had an approach to the figure that...
Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part I

Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part I

The brain secretes thought like the liver secretes bile. — Pierre Cabanis, 18th c. French physiologist Pierre Bonnard, The Palm, 1926, Oil on canvas, 147 x 114 cm, Philips Collection Washington DC Press your forehead close to someone else’s: a single eye will...
John Goodrich on Henri Matisse

John Goodrich on Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse, Laurette in Green Robe (Black Background), 1916, Oil on canvas, 28¾ x 21½ inches Judgements about art have diversified in recent decades, but in the last century, much of the discussion revolved around two towering figures of modernist painting, Picasso...
Barry Nemett: Beholding Bonnard on a Vaulted Altar

Barry Nemett: Beholding Bonnard on a Vaulted Altar

Altar of Santa Croce Basilica, Florence, Italy The walk tasted great. It wasn’t a dazzling aesthetic or spiritual revelation. It didn’t teach me anything about color, inspiration, or the merging of another world with our own. But that’s what it led to in...