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.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jean Baptiste Chardin

Happy Birthday Jean Baptiste Chardin!! French painter, born in 1699, Chardin specialized in still life and genre scenes. He was born in Paris and the son of a cabinetmaker. A member of the Royal Academy, he exhibited with them for 20 years. Comprised of simple items and modest interiors, his still life and genre scenes alike concentrate on realistic, truthful visions. Lady Taking Tea is one such example; strong compositional elements in the red chest, ladder-back chair, and contrasting stripes, counter-balanced with the woman’s billowy dress and her curls echoed in the wispy steam of the soft genteel scene.

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