Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Raphaelle Peale

Happy Birthday Raphaelle Peale!! Son of Charles Peale, this American painter was born in 1774. He and his brothers were given Artists’ namesakes: Raphael, Rembrandt and Titian. Following in their father’s footsteps, who was a portrait painter; both Raphaelle and Rembrandt were also painters. While Rembrandt was a “traditional” portrait painter, Raphael displays his talent in a more unusual painting entitled After the Bath. Behind the hanging towel or sheet, we can barely make out a bit of an arm and an ankle of a girl, probably nude, drying her hair. The towel is a startling contrast to the dark background and draped realistically on the line; resembling a caftan or kimono. Unfortunately Raphaelle did not pursue his art as much vigorously as his father and brother, a few still life paintings and the one mentioned here are all we have from him.

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