Eye Candy for Today: Marie-Francois Firmin-Girard’s market
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by Charley Parker
10h ago
Autumn Market at Les Halles, Marie-François Firmin-Girard; oil on canvas, roughly 33 x 46″ (83 x 117 cm). Link is to page on Wikimedia Commons, with access to high-res file. Original is in a private collection. 19th century French painter Marie-François Firmin-Girard (alternately, François-Marie Firmin-Girard) worked in a naturalistic, often highly detailed manner that carried forward traditional values and resisted the influence of the Impressionists that eventually swayed many of his contemporaries. Here, he provides an intricate presentation of a bustling Paris market, awash in detail, ye ..read more
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Eye Candy for Valentine’s Day: Joseph Noel Paton’s Hesperus
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by Charley Parker
1w ago
Hesperus, the Evening Star, Sacred to Lovers, Joseph Noel Paton; oil on millboard, roughly 36 x 27 inches (91 x 69 cm). Link it to zoomable image on Art Renewal. There is a larger downloadable file on Arthive. Though not actually a member of the group, Scottish painter Joseph Noel Paton was loosely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, and was a friend of Millais. Hesperus, in Greek mythology, is the personification of Venus as the Evening Star, which we see through the tree branches above the lovers. My experience with Pre-Raphaelite and other Victorian paintings makes me believe there is sy ..read more
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Josep Tapiró y Baró
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by Charley Parker
1w ago
Josep Tapiró y Baró was a Catalan painter active in the late 19th and early 20th century. He spent the latter part of his life in Morocco, and his watercolor portraits of some of the people there — dressed in their most colorful traditional garb — were quite popular for a time with European and American aficionados of Orientalist art.   ..read more
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Eye Candy for Today: Carl Larsson’s Karin by the Shore
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by Charley Parker
1w ago
Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson; watercolor, 29 x 21″ (75 x 54 cm). Link is to para on Wikipedia which links to high-res image file. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project. Original is in the Malmö Art Museum. Another of Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s delightful scenes of domestic life. In this one his wife, Karin, walks along the shore of the Sundborns river while their daughter, Brita, floats in a skiff with their dog. The credits list this as simply watercolor, but it looks to me like he’s used pen and ink as well.   ..read more
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Ryan Church (update 2024)
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by Charley Parker
1w ago
Ryan Church is a concept artist, illustrator and art director whose film credits have to be among the most impressive in the industry. I first wrote about him in the rearly months of Lines and Colors, back in 2005, and again in 2006. Since then, he has continued ot add to his long list of film concept art and art direction credits, as you can see on his website. Church works with a combination of 3D rendering and digital painting to create the designs for some of the most iconic sicence fiction, fantasy and adventure film scenes in recent memory.   ..read more
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Eye Candy for Today: Van Gogh Wheat Field ink drawing
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by Charley Parker
2w ago
Wheat Field, Vincent van Gogh; Reed pen and logwood ink over pencil; roughly 9 x 12 inches ( 24 x 31 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable image on their site. I love these pen and brown ink drawings Van Gogh did late in his career. I feel like he was trying to express color monochromatically. You can actually think of his ink as multi colored in the way he as used it with different size strokes and what looks to me like the addition of small amounts of water. I think of these effects as highy sophisticated. When you look at the ..read more
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Eye Candy for Today: Carl Larsson domestic interior
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by Charley Parker
3w ago
When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, ink and watercolor, roughly 12 x 17 inches (32 x 43 cm). Link is to image page on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the NatinalMuseum, Stockholm. Another of Carl Larsson’s wonderful ink and watercolor domestic scenes. This was part of a series called “A Home”, based on his own home and family. I particularly like Larsson’s treatment of the lamp and its effects in the directional shadows of objects against the wall and the value statement of the faces.   ..read more
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Albert Joseph Moore
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by Charley Parker
3w ago
Albert Joseph Moore was an English painter active in the late 19th century. He starrted his career as a decorative artist, designing stained glass, wallpaper and tiles as well as painting murals in private homes. As a painter he developed something of a neo-classical style, similar in ways to the approach of other Victorian era painters. In the arrangements and backgrounds of his numerous paintings of female figures — often full length in severely vertical canvasses — you can see the influence of his early training. Moore is sometimes loosely assocuated with the Pre-Raphaelites, though I don ..read more
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Eye Candy for Today: Tenniel’s Jabberwock
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by Charley Parker
3w ago
The Jabberwock, John Tenniel, pen and ink. I don’t know the size or location of the original drawing. Link is to the image page on Wikipedia, which in turn links to a very high resolution image (11.62 mb). John Tenniel’s beautifully iconic illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s books have never been equaled for their visual charm and definitive interpretations, though Arthur Rackham has perhaps come closest. I think Tenniel pulled out the stops (or the ink bottle stopper) for his illustration of the Jabberwock, a pseudo-mythical beast that is the titlular creature of Carrol’s nonsense poem Jabber ..read more
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Henry Ward Ranger
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by Charley Parker
3w ago
Henry Ward Ranger was an American painter from western New York State, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He lived and worked in Europe for a time — where he was exposed to the French art movement known as the Barbizon School, and became part of the less well known Hague School in the Netherlands — before returning to the U.S. He is noted in particular for his Barbizon school inspired landscapes. These were frequently rendered with thick applications of paint that produced a remarkably textural surface. Ranger was a key figure in the American Tonalist movement, and is ..read more
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