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

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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 Dance Hall in Arles

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) – The Dance Hall in Arles, 1888 (Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay) – – The multitude of characters, the variety of their style of clothes and the way they overlap, skilfully portray a feeling of crowdedness and saturation. The portrait of Madame Roulin on the right, who alone turns to look at the spectator, seems to express a claustrophobic terror…

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) - The Dance Hall in Arles

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