Posts Tagged ‘post-impressionism’


We had our first paint party in our series of Expressive Florals.  The poppies are amazing!  Everyone did a great job.  Next up….Hydrangeas….click here to register and for more information.

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20190405_140144.jpgExpressive Tulips is an acrylic on canvas measuring 16″x16″.  We will add this to our Expressive series Paint Parties soon.  You can click here to register for one of the upcoming “Expressive Paint Parties”.

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Expressive HydrangeaWe are continuing to work in the style of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Matisse with our Expressive Hydrangea painting.  Join us on Thursday, April 18th at 6 pm to paint this beauty.  Click here to register.  And it would make a beautiful companion piece for the Expressive Poppy.  See it here.

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"The Small Drawing Room-Mme Hessel at her Sewing Table, 1911"

“The Small Drawing Room-Mme Hessel at her Sewing Table, 1911”

"The Foyer"

“The Foyer”

"Girl at the Piano, 1890's"

“Girl at the Piano, 1890’s”

From time to time I go through old files on my computer in an attempt to clean it up.  I came across several files of photos I took when I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City last year.  I could spend days there.  There is so much to see.  This group of painting is by the French Painter, Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940).

This is from Wikipedia:  “In his paintings and decorative pieces Vuillard depicted mostly interiors, streets and gardens. Marked by a gentle humor, they are executed in the delicate range of soft, blurred colors characteristic of his art. Living with his mother, a dressmaker, until the age of sixty, Vuillard was very familiar with interior and domestic spaces. Much of his art reflected this influence, largely decorative and often depicting very intricate patterns.”  You can read more here.

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New York Times photo

New York Times photo

After being considered a fake for almost 100 years this painting has been declared authentic.  Exciting news for art lovers and especially Van Gogh enthusiasts.  You can read more about it in this New York TImes article.

The value is probably tens of millions of dollars.  It will be exciting to see what happens with this one.  Hopefully it will end up somewhere where we  can see it in person rather than in a private collection hidden away.  Guess we will just have to wait and see.

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Art Campers Paint Van Gogh

Art Campers Paint Van Gogh

Yesterday’s Art Campers painted a beautiful Van Gogh painting.  We learned more about color mixing and blending colors.  GREAT JOB!

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Georgia O'Keeffe Red Hills, Lake George 1927

Georgia O’Keeffe
Red Hills, Lake George

Georgia O'Keeffe Ranchos Church, 1929

Georgia O’Keeffe
Ranchos Church, 1929

Georgia O'Keeffe From the White Place 1940

Georgia O’Keeffe
From the White Place

Winding down with my photos from my recent visit to The Phillips.  Before I share them let me just encourage you to make a trip there if you are in DC.  It’s worth the time.  It’s an exceptional collection of post-impressionist and modern art.  Duncan Phillips was a brave collector of art who introduced America to modern art through his collection and exhibits.  Read more about him here.

My favorite story about Phillips involves him standing in front of  “Luncheon of the Boating Party” , probably the most important painting Renoir ever painted, with Albert Barnes, also an art collector and founder of the Barnes Collection in Philly who collected almost 200 Renoir in his lifetime.  Barnes says to Phillips, “That’s the only Renoir you have, isn’t it?”  to which Phillips says, “It’s the only one I need”.

Today I’m sharing some of Phillips collection of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Wonderful examples of her work.

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Paul Cezanne Fields at Bellevue, oil, 1892-95

Paul Cezanne
Fields at Bellevue,
oil, 1892-95

Paul Cezanne Self  Portrait 1878-80

Paul Cezanne
Self Portrait

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), a French Post-impressionist, whose work is said to have laid the foundation between 19th Century impressionism and 20th century Cubism.  His small brushstrokes and use of color showed his concentrated study of subject matter.  The Phillips has many examples of Cezanne’s work and you can see his progression of his style over the years.

I’ve enjoyed seeing Cezanne’s work several other museums including The Philadelphia Museum of Art (read about it here)  and the National Gallery of Art in DC where they have one of my favorite Cezanne’s, The Artist’s Father.  (Check it out here.)

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The Open Window Pierre Bonnard, 1921

The Open Window
Pierre Bonnard, 1921

Pierre Bonnard Interior with Boy, 1910

Pierre Bonnard
Interior with Boy, 1910

Pierre Bonnard Circus Rider, 1894

Pierre Bonnard
Circus Rider, 1894

Continuing with my visit to The Phillips Collection last week I saw several paintings by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), an artist that I have long admired.  You don’t see as much of his work as some of the other post-impressionists but when you do you have to stop to admire them.  Here are three good examples.

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 Day 3 of Post-Impressionism Art Camp had us painting a copy of one of Cezanne’s Still Life with Apples.  The young artists did a fabulous job with color mixing.

Then we did a quick miniature painting of a barn and even framed it. 

Day 4 we spent almost the entire morning working on a copy of Matisse’s Red Fish.   I love Matisse and while it was the hardest painting we have done in camp so far, the young artists did GREAT!   For the final day of camp we are doing our “masterpiece”, an extra-large painting of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.    I’ll share it with you in the next post.  Stay tuned!

This energetic group of young artists are doing splendid work!

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