Dancers in Blue

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) – Dancers in Blue, 1895 (Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay) – – Whereas previously in his “dance classes” Degas focused on isolated figures and large spaces, here he groups together four figures making adjustments to their hair and costumes, almost forming one single creature with several heads, several arms and several feet. The shapes of the blue tutus provides the transition from one body to another…

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) - Dancers in Blue


Lady Reading

Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) – Lady Reading, 1898 (Watercolor. MFA Boston) – – Although Hassam did travel to Paris for the European training that was considered de rigueur for a young American artist at the turn of the century, enrolling in the Academie Julian and coming under the influence of the French Impressionists, he developed a distinctive style of his own when he returned to New York in 1889.

Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) - Lady Reading

The Blonde Minx – Yolande Donlan

Sir William Russell Flint (Scottish, 1880-1969) – The Blonde Minx (Oil on canvas) – – This work encapsulates the Hollywood glamour that the American actress Yolande Donlan brought to post-war London, bewitching theatre goers and making her the toast of the town. When exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1949 it attracted stellar reviews and was voted the picture of the exhibition. Flint was extremely well suited to capture such theatrical beauty…

Sir William Russell Flint (Scottish, 1880-1969) - The Blonde Minx


A Model in the Studio

Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) – A Model in the Studio on the Place Arago in Perpignan, 1949 (Oil on canvas. MuMa) – – This work depicts Raoul Dufy’s studio in Place Arago, one of two studios that the artist occupied in Perpignan during the 1940s. Whilst the theme of the studio as a subject recurs in Dufy’s paintings at regular intervals, the Perpignan series contains the largest number of paintings and their subjects became increasingly personal. The scene depicted is intimate and domestic…

Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) - A Model in the Studio on the Place Arago in Perpignan



Charles-Antoine Coypel IV (French, 1694-1752) – Héloïse, 1742 (Pastel. Musée des Augustins) – – Héloïse was a brilliant scholar of Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and had a reputation for intelligence and insight. Abélard writes that she was nominatissima, “most renowned” for her gift in reading and writing. Educated by Abélard in medicine and other traditional subjects taught in higher education at the time, Héloïse gained quite a reputation as a physician in her role as abbess of Paraclete…

Charles-Antoine Coypel IV (French, 1694-1752) – Héloïse


Reading Woman in Violet Dress

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) – Reading Woman in Violet Dress, 1898 (Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims) – – In 1892 Matisse left the Académie Julian for evening classes at the École des Arts Décoratifs and for the atelier of the Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts. Moreau, a tolerant teacher, did not try to impose his own style on his pupils but rather encouraged them to develop their personalities and to learn from the treasures in the Louvre…

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) - Reading Woman in Violet Dress


Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob

Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) – Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob (Oil on canvas) – – The Cos Cob art colony was a group of artists, many of them American Impressionists, who gathered during the summer in and around Cos Cob, a section of Greenwich, from about 1890 to about 1920. In a joking reference to their predilection for painting views of the vernacular architecture, group member Hassam nicknamed the art colony “the Cos Cob Clapboard School of Art”…

Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935) - Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob