Daisy by the River

Theodore Clement Steele (American, 1847-1926) – Daisy by the River, 1891 (Oil on canvas) – Daisy, one of Steele’s three daughters, is reading by the river. Steele is perhaps the most famous of the “Hoosier Group” of five American impressionist painters. These artists trained abroad but returned to Indiana and developed a distinctive style of landscape painting…

Theodore Clement Steele - Daisy by the River

Elegant company

Norbert Goeneutte (French, 1854-1894) – Elegant company on the riverbank (Oil on panel) – Goeneutte frequented the Père Lathuille, a cabaret, where he met Manet and was introduced to the artistic circle at the Café de la Nouvelle Athènes. He soon began exhibiting at the Salon. Here, the lady puts aside her reading to enjoy the river or perhaps she is awaiting a suitor, for which she will be the “elegant company.”

Norbert Goeneutte - Elegant company on the riverbank

In the Library

Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939) – In the Library, c.1917 (Oil on canvas. Hood Museum of Art – Dartmouth College) – Frieseke’s early figures most clearly show his academic training and draughtsmanship. Gradually these evolve into the most common images of the next decade, comprised of loosely-applied blotches of bright color. The vast majority of these show their subjects in the garden. Others include models in colorful, light-filled interiors.

Frederick Carl Frieseke - In the Library

 

Le Bal

Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) – Le Bal, 1920 (Oil on canvas) – Brilliant and direct colors are combined with simplified figures and schematic compositions, which vividly evoke the lively of dancers at the ball. His short, parallel brushstrokes lend a dynamic quality to the flat construction of geometrical forms, revealing his investigation of form and space in a brightly saturated variation of the cubist style.

Raoul Dufy - Le Bal

Princess Troubetskoi

Franz Xavier Winterhalter (German, 1805-1873) – Princess Elizabeth Esperovna Belosselsky-Belosenky, Princess Troubetskoi, 1859 (Oil on canvas) – The Princess wears a dome crinoline with black lace trim and a flounced under-skirt. She has a beauty of any fictitious princess. Her eyes are big, lips are thin and face is just faultless. Her bearing and posture enhances her grace.

Franz Xavier Winterhalter - Princess Elizabeth Esperovna Belosselsky-Belosenky, Princess Troubetskoi

Művészet és hatalom

A művészet és a hatalom viszonya különleges. A hatalom csaknem tehetetlen a művészek beleegyezése és helyeslése nélkül. Az emberek bizalma csak akkor föltétlen és odaadó, ha a művészek, a „szellem képviselői” a maguk művészi módján a maguk tekintélyével hitelesítik az éppen aktuális hatalmi rendszert, hogy jó ez a hatalom érdemes és kell érte áldozatot hozni.  Ezért az éppen aktuális hatalom minden formában, csábítások vagy fenyegetések alakjában mindent elkövet, hogy a művészek, a „szellemi emberek” jóváhagyását megkapja. Persze jó tudni, amikor a művész beáll a hatalom zászlaja alá, az emberek szemében többnyire értékét és hitelét veszti.

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