Spring – Portrait of Ilona Lippich

Károly Lotz (Hungarian, 1833-1904) – Spring (Portrait of Ilona Lippich), 1894 (Oil on canvas. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest) – – Lotz created romantic landscapes and monumental and decorative murals and frescoes in the style of the Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. He also decorated some grand palaces. He was also known for his portraits and nudes…

Károly Lotz (Hungarian, 1833-1904) - Spring (Portrait of Ilona Lippich)

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Summer Idyll

Donna Schuster (American, 1883-1953) – Summer Idyll (Oil on canvas. The Irvine Museum) – – Schuster attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School where she worked with noted American Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson. In 1912 she joined William Merritt Chase on a painting tour of Belgium. After returning to the US, she moved to Los Angeles. She studied with Chase once more at the Carmel Summer School in 1913.

Donna Schuster (American, 1883-1953) - Summer Idyll

On the Green Bench, Sanary

Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937) – On the Green Bench, Sanary, 1911 (Oil on canvas) – – This large-format work was created in Sanary near Toulon. Depicted is the artist’s oldest daughter, Marthe Lebasque, in a wide-cut kimono, sitting relaxed on a garden bench and dreamily looking out. Beside her are some freshly picked flowers, a sun hat and a book – all attributes of a life completely devoted to idleness. Behind is a second, younger girl, who is probably the youngest daughter Nono…

Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937) - On the Green Bench, Sanary, 1911

Peggy Reading to Elizabeth

Frederick Bosley (American, 1881-1942) – Peggy Reading to Elizabeth, 1926 (Oil on canvas. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art) – – Bosley entered the Museum School in 1900 and quickly became a star pupil. Under the influence of teachers Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell, Bosley combined solid drawing with impressionist brushwork and color.  He won the Sears Prize in 1904 and the prestigious Paige Traveling Fellowship in 1907, which enabled him to study in Europe for two years…

Frederick Bosley (American, 1881-1942) - Peggy Reading to Elizabeth

The Novel

Herman Jean Joseph Richir (Belgian, 1866-1942) – The Novel, c.1920s (Oil on canvas) – – The woman is not reading at the moment. She seems relaxed, the novel is resting at her knees, closed, but her finger is guarding her place. The long, slender fingers of her left hand are resting on the chair in a delicate, almost sensual manner. Her smile is furtive, allowing the words to transport her somewhere, in which she evidently takes pleasure…

Herman Jean Joseph Richir (Belgian, 1866-1942) - The Novel, c.1920s

The Angel and the Reader

Marc Chagall (French, born Belarus, 1887-1985) – The Angel and the Reader, c.1930 (Gouache with encaustic and oil paint on cream wove paper. The Art Institute of Chicago) – – Chagall’s ubiquitous angels are sometimes a sensitive expression of God Himself, more often than not the artist’s angels are depicted as messengers. Intermediary creatures bridging both earthly and celestial planes, angels embody divine will and word, protecting, inspiring and punishing by turn…

Marc Chagall (French, born Belarus, 1887-1985) - The Angel and the Reader

The Dancer Alexander Sacharoff

Marianne von Werefkin (Russian, 1860-1938) – The Dancer Alexander Sacharoff, 1909 (Tempera on cardboard. Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna) – – Sacharoff married the German dancer Clotilde von der Planitz, and they had a successful career together. Their work was seen as showing a “mutually complementary androgynous couple” “united in dance” joined together in an act of “artistic creation.” Their outrageous costumes included wigs made from silver and gold coloured metal…

Marianne von Werefkin (Russian, 1860-1938) - The Dancer Alexander Sacharoff, 1909