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, September 15, 2010

Antoine Louis Barye

Happy Birthday Antoine Louis Barye!! French sculptor, born in 1795, Barye was known for his animal sculptures.  He began as a goldsmith in the Romantic period, but then realized his fascination with animals and began to sketch them. Eventually he turned to sculpture, sculpting large sculpture as well as those on a small scale. A prime example of his larger work is the enormous relief: Lion of the Column July which was cast in bronze from a plaster model in 1839. It commemorates the 504 citizens who fell in the revolution 100 years earlier. The Lion is a representation of the astrological sign Leo, symbolizing strength. It is situated at the base of the July Column at the Place de la Bastille, Paris.

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