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Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’d like to start posting again. Today’s painting is “Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth”, by John Singer Sargent. I am especially excited about talking this painting over with you because I’ve … Continue reading

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Woman in Peasant Dress

Let’s talk about “Woman in Peasant Dress”, painted by Paul Klee (“Klee” is pronounced like “clay”) in 1940: Last time, when we were looking at “Tea”, I said that Matisse’s lines were loose and cartoony. It’s interesting to compare Klee’s … Continue reading

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Tea

Today let’s look at “Tea”, painted by Henri Matisse in 1919 (“Matisse” is pronounced “mah-TEES”, with the s really soft, as in “lease”.) One of the things which interests me about this painting is that it is at once photographic … Continue reading

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Portrait of Charles and Georges Durand-Ruel

On this blog I want to show you that art is approachable, that a painting doesn’t have to be seen as a problem to be solved – “How does the painter lead the eye?” “What does this say about society?” … Continue reading

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Why You Should Look At Art, and How

You were probably told in high school that there is a particular way to look at art: you were probably told that paintings lead the eye with careful use of geometric shapes. You were probably told to look for complimentary … Continue reading

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