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

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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

Studio Arrangement

John Michael Carter (American, b. 1950) – Studio Arrangement (Oil on canvas) – – Carter attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. In 1970 Carter continued his studies at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. There he studied the major classical schools of drawing and painting with Reynolds Brown, Harry Carmean, and Lorser Feitelson…

John Michael Carter (American, b. 1950) - Studio Arrangement

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