Stephen Benenson on Goya and Picasso in Madrid

Stephen Benenson on Goya and Picasso in Madrid

Francisco Goya, Fight with Cudgels, 1820-1823, Oil mural transferred to canvas,  123 x 266 cm In the summer of 2001, after my Junior year in college, I backpacked across Europe with my friend David. We had worked together to organize the two-month trip around two main...
Norm Paris on Max Ernst

Norm Paris on Max Ernst

Max Ernst, Europe After the Rain II, 1940-42, Oil on canvas, 54 x 146 cm I first saw Europe After the Rain II at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Max Ernst retrospective in 2005. I wasn’t really expecting to like the show. Back then I viewed Ernst as somewhat of...
Leslie Roberts on ‘Fire in the Evening’ by Paul Klee

Leslie Roberts on ‘Fire in the Evening’ by Paul Klee

Paul Klee, Fire in the Evening, 1929, oil on cardboard, 13 3/8 x 13 1/4″, Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Joachim Jean Aberbach Fund, MoMA I saw Paul Klee’s Fire in the Evening last week, newly hung on the fifth floor of the renovated MoMA. I was reminded how very...
Lisa Hoke on Addie Herder

Lisa Hoke on Addie Herder

Addie Herder, White Machine, Collage, 1961-65, 13 ½ x 19 inches, Photo courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, NY I first saw Addie Herder’s work at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, then located on 23rd Street, in 2012. From that moment on, I was hooked. When considering a work of...
Suzanne Unrein on Henri Rousseau

Suzanne Unrein on Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau, The Sleeping Gypsy, 1897, Oil on canvas,  51 x 79 inches Rousseau’s The Sleeping Gypsy is a dream that will never wake up.  A fairy tale of time, as in Eternity. Done in the style of post-impressionist, gothic regionalism, but like a cockeyed Egyptian...
Lilian Day Thorpe on Nicolas de Staël

Lilian Day Thorpe on Nicolas de Staël

Nicolas de Staël, Calais, 1954, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches At the time I was introduced to the Russian-French painter Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955), I was deriving most of my creative inspiration from artists of the Italian and Northern Renaissance. I felt...