Joseph Bowler (American, 1928-2016) – Keats – – A narrative setting in “Keats” with two young women in billowing whites, set against a Lowcountry ground. “A portrait artist must first, create a good painting,” said Bowler “But that is only part of it. My overwhelming challenge is to satisfy myself.”
Emma Irlam Briggs (English, 1890-1950) – A Book At Bedtime (Oil on canvas) – – There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. – Marcel Proust
Suchitra Bhosle (Indian, b. 1975) – Reading Nude – – Suchitra paints in a representational realistic style drawing inspiration from 20th century naturalist painters. She embraces impressionism to depict everyday representational scenes. Suchitra excels at capturing and expressing the mood of her subjects, often in contemplative classical settings…
Yuri Pimenov (Russian, 1903-1977) – The Beginning of Love, 1960 (Oil on canvas. Kiev National Museum of Russian Art) – – “I love to paint rain. This world can be a very beautiful, if a person is currently set at the beauty. If a person has bad at heart, if he is disappointed and sad, rain will put into him melancholy. Urban rain is full of different images and moods. It brings to the artist no less richness of sensations and feelings than the field, covered with gray veil of autumn.”
Eva Gonzalès (French, 1849-1883) – Awakening Girl (Oil on canvas. Kunsthalle Bremen) – – This is a deceptively simple work with most of the canvas covered by the whiteness of the bed linens and the woman’s gown. One’s eye is drawn to the beautiful face of the woman, which is framed, in stark contrast, by her dark hair. The background is balanced by the bedside table on which lie the blue flowers and the book which was likely read prior to the woman sleeping.
Sherree Valentine-Daines (British, born 1956) – Women on a bench (Oil on board) – – Technically brilliant, stylistically virtuosic and endlessly vigilant, Valentine-Daines creates evocations of some of the most beautiful elements of British life, from the elegance of the social whirl to the innocence of the children’s seaside outing. The authenticity and accuracy of her observation is softened by her painterly, impressionistic approach.
Armando Barrios (Venezuelan, 1920-1999) – Woman reading (Oil on canvas) – – Armando Barrios’ painting, as he himself said, manifests and expresses a testimony: to have lived and to continue to live by painting as the first reason for being and from painting in that approach by which every man exercises his individual or collective desire to glimpse the truth.