Sunday, March 30, 2014

American Landscape painter George Inness 1825-1894


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Early Autumn, Montclair 1888


Rainy weekend here in the Chesapeake, and yesterday I thought about the work of George Inness several times.  As you know, if you follow this blog, I seldom feature landscape painters, but George Inness (1825-1894) is an exception.  His early work was influenced initially by prints of the works of Claude Lorrain & the 17th-century Dutch landscape masters. He was also touched by the work of the leading Hudson River School painters - particularly that of Thomas Cole & Asher B. Durand - whose style is evident in some of his early canvases. Travel to Europe led him to be influenced by the work of the Barbizon school, & finally, by the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose spiritualism found vivid expression in Inness’ works toward the end of his life. His mature works helped define the Tonalist movement.  A few of Inness’ later paintings stay with me over time. The obscured details, diffused light, organic forms, & inherent glow of these paintings are surely evocative.


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) The Trout Brook


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Spring Blossoms


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) The Lone Farm


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Niagara


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Early Autumn, Montclair 1891


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Morning, Catskill Valley (The Red Oaks) 1894


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Near the Village, October 1894


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Spirit of Autumn 1891


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The evolution of portraits of Women by Frans Hals 1623-


 1611 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Portrait of a Woman

Frans Hals the Elder (c 1582-1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter born in the Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium). He is known for his loose painterly brushwork, & he helped introduce this lively painting style into Dutch art.

 1620 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Catharina Both van der Eem


 1625 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Anetta Hanemans


 1626 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Anna van der Aar


 1628 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Gypsy Girl


 1630 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Woman


 1631 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Cornelia Claesdr Vooght


 1633 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Malle Babbe


 1633 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Seated Woman


1634 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Port of a Woman


 1635 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Feyntje van Steenkiste


1635 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Woman (Marie Larp)


 1635 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Malle Bbbe


 1635 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Middle-Aged Woman with Folded Hands


 1635 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Portrait of a Woman


1635 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Portrait of a Woman


 1637 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Standing Woman


1638 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Woman


 1640 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Woman


 1640 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Woman Holding a Fan


 1640 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Woman


 1643 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Standing Woman


 1643 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Mrs Bodolphe


 1644 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Dorothea Berck


1644 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Portrait of a Woman


 1648 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Woman


 1648 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Seated Woman presumed to be Maria Vernatti


 1648 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Seated Woman with a Fan


 1650 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Isabella Coymans


 1650 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Portrait of a Woman


 1655 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) A Woman


1660 Frans Hals (Dutch artist, c 1582-1666) Seated Woman


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Amazing Portraits & Landscapes by Polish Artist Rafal Malczewski 1892-1965


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait Kazimiera Żuławska against the Tatra Mountains 1920

I got a call yesterday from a lady who was putting together a talk on paintings of women in the 1920s.  While searching for portraits of women in Europe in the 1920s, I came across several wonderful paintings of Polish women set in amazing landscapes. Each of the artist's landscapes was more breathtaking than the last. And when he portrayed the wind in the mountain by using a woman hanging laundry, I was hooked.


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Quarry 1927

Painter & author Rafal Malczewski was the son of Polish painter Jacek Malczewski. He studied philosophy, architecture, agronomy, & painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Vienna. Between WWI & WWII, Rafal Malczewski gained considerable fame as a painter with exhibitions in Poland & beyond (International Biennale in Venice in 1932 , Berlin , Helsinki , Los Angeles , Moscow , New York). In the years 1917-1939, he lived in Zakopane, Poland; but during the war he traveled to Hungary, France, Brazil, the United States, & finally settled in Montreal, where he lived from 1942 until his death. He painted his landscapes & portraits in both oil & watercolor.


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait of Unrugów Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz's wife 1923


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Wind in the Mountains c 1925


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait of Sophia Stryjeńska c 1925-29


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) A Beam of Light 1926-27


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait of Helena Roj-Rytardowej 1923


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Autumn 1926


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Portrait Kazimiera Żuławska background of the Alps 1924


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Brick House 1928


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Auto in Winter Landscape 1930


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Blue pinafores (Farm) 1925


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) The Tatra Rally 1930


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Mountain Landscape (Landscape with Poronin) 1928-30


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Mountain Landscape - Hutsulshchyna 1933


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) View from the Kopieniec Cyrhli Great 1927


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Spring in the Mountains 1937


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Landscape


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) The storm in the mountains of Brazil 1943


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Evening in Poronin 1924-26


Rafal Malczewski (Polish painter, 1892-1965) Mount Warsaw