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.
Mára a novemberi fagy megérkezett. A kertben a barna levelek az utolsó lélegzetükben sóhajtoznak, ahogy a földre kúsznak. A madáretető körül a tolongás borítékolható. A fagy harapja az orrunkat a meleg sapkák és kesztyűk izgatottan használatra jelentkeznek… (Kerepes, Hungary – Németh György fotó)
Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny (Australian, 1864-1947) – Sunbath (Oil on canvas) – – In 1895, Bunny met his future wife Jeanne Morel while she was a fellow art student. She became the subject of many paintings, which from around this time increasingly depicted groupings of languid, dreamy female figures. Such works suggest the influence of the British pre-Raphaelite painters particularly the idealised, angelic women of John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Felix Nussbaum (German-Jewish, 1904-1944) – Painter and Model, c.1938 (Oil on plywood. Kulturgeschichtliche Museum Osnabrück) – – In 1934 Nussbaum took Felka Platek, a painter whom he had met while studying in Berlin and would later marry during their exile in Brussels in 1937, to meet his parents in Switzerland. Felix and Felka would spend the next ten years in exile, mostly in Belgium, a period of emotional and artistic isolation for him but also one of the most artistically productive in his life.
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) – Dancers Bending Down (also known as The Ballerinas), 1885 (Pastel) – – Like many of the Impressionists, Degas was significantly influenced by Japanese prints, which suggested novel approaches to composition. The prints had bold linear designs, as with this work, and a sense of flatness that was very different from the traditional Western picture with its perspective view of the world.
Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967) – Hotel Lobby, 1943 (Oil on canvas. Indianapolis Museum of Art) – – Three guests and an eerily illuminated desk clerk occupy this disquieting interior. They each look in a different direction, sharing space yet mentally detached. The lighting, rug, and architectural elements in this carefully constructed setting emphasize a sense of individual separation. Hopper often depicted ordinary scenes that evoke urban loneliness. The choice of a hotel lobby reflects his attraction to places of transience, escape, and anonymity.