New York Office

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967) – New York Office, 1962 (Oil on canvas. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts) – – The animation of urban life is suspended for a brief moment, haste and unrest come to a standstill, revealing the absurdity of the rat race. A secretary behind a big picture window reads a letter in her hand, apparently lost in thought – until the telephone ringing on her desk recalls her to the real world…

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967) - New York Office

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Muse

Károly Lotz (Hungarian, 1833-1904) – Muse, c.1890s (Oil on canvas. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest) – – Lotz came to study at the school of Karl Heinrich Rahl in Vienna after student years in the private school of Jakab Marastoni and the workshop of Henrik Weber in 1852. As a talented pupil he was quickly given the opportunity to take part in the execution of Rahl’s monumental fresco commissions…

Károly Lotz (Hungarian, 1833-1904) – Muse

A Brocade Picture of the Elegant Arts

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753-1806) – A Brocade Picture of the Elegant Arts, Edo Period, 1600-1868 (Color woodcut. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester) – – These three courtesans are engaged in reading and writing poetry, one of the four “elegant arts.” Women of the entertainment quarter were often famous for their accomplishments in the arts of poetry and calligraphy as well as the usual professional attainments of song and dance. The physical appearance of these women makes clear the strict hierarchy of courtesans within the entertainment quarter: the tallest woman is the tayû, or ranking beauty; the other two, called shinzô, are her juniors. Note the subtle dark-black pattern barely visible on the tayû’s deep purple robe…

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753-1806) - A Brocade Picture of the Elegant Arts, Edo Period

After the Sitting

Richard Bergh (Swedish, 1858-1919) – After the Sitting, 1884 (Oil on canvas. Malmö Konsthall) – – The painting was first shown at the Paris Salon in 1884. The modernity of the work made a big impression on the contemporary Swedish art critics but they were also shocked by the half-clothed model and the relentless daylight coming in from the studio skylights. The painting depicts an everyday event of an artist’s reality as faithfully as possible…

Richard Bergh (Swedish, 1858-1919) - After the Sitting

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley with sculpture in “The Lives We’ll Never Live” for Vogue Italia. April 2017. – Perhaps influenced by Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life…

Keira Knightley with sculpture

Lili és Péter – 31

Tudta, miért akarja megcsókolni. Mert szép volt. És előtte, mert kedves volt. És előtte, mert okos és vicces volt. És mert el tudta képzelni, hogy hosszú útra induljon vele anélkül, hogy unatkozni kezdene. És amikor látott valami újat, érdekeset azon töprengett, hogy mit fog neki mondani róla. Nem is tudta, hány csillagot adjon neki… – Németh György – RP története

RP története 31

Claude Monet Reading

Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) – Claude Monet Reading, 1872 (Oil on canvas. Musée Marmottan Monet) – – During the summer of 1872 Renoir was the guest of Monet at Argenteuil. He presents his friend not in any conventional pose but in a completely natural moment, while reading a newspaper. The scene is presented from quite nearby, making it feel even more intimate and colloquial. The light is diffused, the paint is applied with even brushstrokes…

Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) - Claude Monet Reading