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American Art of the Week: Houston Street by George Luks

George Luks (1866-1933) was an American social realist painter. He is known best for his images of New York City, specifically its working-class and immigrant neighborhoods, and his energetic style seems to suit these scenes' vibrancy perfectly. He also studied and painted in Europe. Along with fellow American painters of urban life, Luks was part of the… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Houston Street by George Luks

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American Art of the Week: Paris La Nuit by Charles Courtney Curran

I think there's something quite fascinating about paintings of Europe by American artists. It's interesting to compare how European cities look through American eyes with American scenes and with European artists' representations of the same cities. Does a Frenchman represent Paris differently than an American? How does an American see London compared with how he sees New York? Since so many nineteenth… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Paris La Nuit by Charles Courtney Curran

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American Art of the Week: The Cathedrals of Broadway

I saw Florine Stettheimer's Cathedrals series when I was at the Met last month, and I've been eager to learn more about it ever since. Stettheimer (1871-1944) was a New York state-born modernist artist and theatrical set designer; you can certainly see evidence of both her theatrical experience and her modernist leanings in these paintings. There… Continue reading American Art of the Week: The Cathedrals of Broadway

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American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

I thought that the title of this painting made it appropriate for today. Willard Metcalf (1858-1925) was an influential American artist from New England. He painted this work in Old Lyme, Connecticut when he was associated with the art colony there.* I love the mystery and beauty of this painting. Who is the girl? What… Continue reading American Art of the Week: May Night by Willard Metcalf

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American Art of the Week: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent painted this beautiful and dreamlike scenewhile residing at Broadway, a quaint English country town turned creative colony. According to the description Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends, this painting expresses several of the styles that Sargent was interested in at the time - French Impressionism, Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, and Japonisme - as well as numerous literary, musical, and symbolic references (p. .… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

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American Art of the Week: Etretat by Henry A. Bacon

Right now, the weather is pretty crummy where I live, so I definitely picked this painting for reasons of escapism. I also thought it was a watercolor until I read the description. I'm always amazed by oil paintings that manage to convey something of watercolor's characteristic lightness. Henry A. Bacon (1839-1912) was an American painter… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Etretat by Henry A. Bacon

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American Art of the Week: World’s Columbian Exposition by Theodore Robinson

Theodore Robinson (1852-1896) was one of the first American impressionist painters, and he painted at the Giverny, France artists' colony alongside Claude Monet.* This particular painting, one of his late works, is perhaps not as characteristic of his usual style as his earlier rural landscapes. However, I chose it because of its subject matter - the… Continue reading American Art of the Week: World’s Columbian Exposition by Theodore Robinson

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American Art of the Week: Girl with Japanese Lanterns by Everett Shinn

There's something so beautifully mysterious about this painting by Ashcan School artist Everett Shinn (1876-1953). I think it's the contrast between the dark background and bright lights from the lanterns, combined with the loose, painterly brushwork making up the main shapes. You get just enough sense of the scene to be draw in by it, but details of… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Girl with Japanese Lanterns by Everett Shinn

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American Art of the Week: Co-ee-há-jo, a Seminole Chief by George Catlin

George Catlin (1796-1872) was a unique sort of artist/anthropologist/social activist/entertainment producer combination who achieved lasting notoriety for his sympathetic paintings of Native Americans. Having become interested in Native American culture at a young age, the adult Catlin travelled throughout the American west with William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) to visit and depict members of the plains tribes. Catlin… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Co-ee-há-jo, a Seminole Chief by George Catlin

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American Art of the Week: Camel Grazing at Mosque by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) is world famous for his works in stained glass and other decorative arts, as well as for founding Tiffany Studios. However, did you also know that he was an accomplished painter? While that doesn't come as a complete surprise to me, of course, I had never really focused on that fact until one… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Camel Grazing at Mosque by Louis Comfort Tiffany