A few highlights from the 1660s

1660s painting: Gerard Dou, Johannes Vermeer, Adriaen van Ostrade, Caesar van Everdingen, Ludolf Bakhuizen, Willem Kalf, Rembrandt van Rijn, Cornelis de Man, Edwaert Collier, Gabriel Metsu, Oieter de Hooch, Christoph Paudiss

Wikimedia Commons (see my Lines and Colors post here), the huge, mostly public domain image repository associated with Wikipedia, has a nice aspect to its organization that lets you view a broad variety of art organized by year, decade or century.

These are just a few paintings from the (apparently splendiferous) decade of the 1660s. As much as I love 19th century painting, I think I have to vote for the 17th century as the high water mark for the art of painting.

Here is the Wikimedia Commons page for 1660s paintings.

Unfortunately, like many (if not most) repositories of art images on the web, many of the images you encounter will have color that is way off (sometimes way way off) from the original painting. One thing about Wikimedia Commons, however, is that you will often see several different versions of the same image, with different color casts. (Hint: if the image of a painting from the 17th century has colors that look like they fell off an Impressionist’s palette, it’s a pretty good guess way off.)

See my similar Lines and Colors post on 1880s paintings from Wikimedia Commons.

(Images above: Gerard Dou, Johannes Vermeer, Adriaen van Ostrade, Caesar van Everdingen, Ludolf Bakhuizen, Willem Kalf, Rembrandt van Rijn, Cornelis de Man, Edwaert Collier, Gabriel Metsu, Oieter de Hooch, Christoph Paudiss)


My latest articles on painting for Answers.com

My latest articles on painting for Answers.com: Sargent's Madame X, History of watercolor painting, American Impressionists

I’m continuing to write articles on painting for Painting.Answers.com, some on materials and techniques, some on painters and paintings from history.

Here are my most recent articles, the first three of which use a new slideshow format.

John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Madame X”: Masterpiece and Scandal

Beautiful Highlights from the History of Watercolor Painting

Notable American Impressionist Painters

The Different Kinds of Oil Used in Oil Painting

Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter of Family Life

An Introduction to Gouache: The surprising Versatility of Opaque Watercolor

For more, see the general category: www.painting.answers.com.

As always, I try to maintain an updated list of my articles on painting for Answers.com here on Lines and Colors at http://linesandcolors.com/answers


Super Bowl art bet 2014

Superbowl art bet , Denver Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, The Bronco Buster, Frederick Remington, Sound of Waves, Tsuji Kako
In what should have been an annual tradition, but was apparently dropped for a time, art museums in the two U.S. cities sending teams to the Super Bowl are again engaging in an art loan wager.

If the Seattle Seahawks win, the Denver Art Museum will loan “The Bronco Buster”, a sculpture by Frederick Remington, to the Seattle Art Museum for three months.

If the Denver Broncos win, the Seattle Art Museum will loan “Sound of Waves”, an ink painting on screen by Tsuji Kako, to the Denver Art Museum.

Each museum is staking the loan of an artwork that can be taken to represent their city’s team in some way.

I think it’s great PR for the museums, gets people talking about art, and should have been a yearly event, but somebody in the last two years apparently (dare I say it?) dropped the ball. (Or, if it happened, I didn’t hear about it.)

For more on the art loan Super Bowl wagers from 2011 and 2010, see my previous Lines and Colors post on the subject.

For more on this year’s wager, see this article on the LA Times.

[Via Jeffrey Hayes @dailypainter]


Stock Schlueter

Stock Schlueter
Stock Schlueter is a painter from northern California, who excels at capturing the light and atmosphere of that region, as well as more exotic locations from his travels.

Previously a watercolor artist, Schlueter switched to oils, and works both on location and in the studio for his landscapes. His website has a portfolio of both plein air and studio work, as well as a selection of portraits.

On his blog, you will find both, often reproduced larger, along with descriptions of the locations and conditions for the individual paintings.

I particularlry enjoy some of Schlueter’s more unusual subjects, like industrial night scenes and weathered old trucks in snow.


The fleeting art of Andres Amador

Andres Amador
“Ars longa, vita brevis”, goes the phrase (Art is long, life is short), but then, some art is much more temporary than most.

The art of Andres Amador, though ostensibly made of “archival materials”, lasts only until the next high tide.

Amador takes his rake to the beaches of northern California and creates carefully controlled markings in the sand, then photographs the result.

You can read more about his process on his website. There is also a gallery of his work here.

[Via MetaFilter]


Eye Candy for Today: Corot landscape near Volterra

A View near Volterra, ean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
A View near Volterra, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Wow. I just love these direct, observational landscapes from Corot — filled with light and the feeling of immediate atmosphere. You can see why the Impressionists thought so highly of him.

Original is in the National Gallery of Art, D.C. The image on the linked page is zoomable. Click “Download” for larger images. You have to create a (free) account to download the high-resolution images.