Eye Candy for Today: Corot painting of Castel Sant’Angelo

The Bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo with the Cupola of St. Peters, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
The Bridge and Castel Sant’Angelo with the Cupola of St. Peters, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Link is to WikiArt, large version here; original is in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Leigon of Honor).

Corot painted in several styles through his career, but this is an example of my favorite type of approach on his part.

To Corot, this small piece — roughly 10×17 in (27×42 cm), painted in oil on paper, later mounted to canvas — was likely a study. It was painted in 1826 or 1827, half a century before the first Impressionist Exhibition in Paris.

What strikes me, other than how beautiful, painterly and appealing I find it, is how contemporary it looks.

I’ve often thought in looking paintings like this, that you could draw a line straight from Corot to the standards of much contemporary landscape and plein air painting — without going through the Impressionists on whom he was so influential, and the American Impressionists, on whom they were so influential — a straight line from Corot to contemporary painterly realism.

 
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Artur Sadlos

Artur Sadlos, concept art, illustration
Artur Sadlos is a concept artist, illustrator and art director based in Poland and working in the gaming industry. His projects include For Honor, Total War: Warhammer, Halo 5, Batman Dark Flight and Dead Island.

Though his ability to display work from some of his professional projects is apparently limited by rights agreements, the work I find most interesting is from his personal projects — notably one called “Conceptverse“, which has its own website.

 
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Natalie Hirschman

Natalie Hirschman, figures, landscape, still life
Though she also paints landscape and still life subjects, South African artist Natalie Hirschman finds her primary inspiration in figures and portraits.

These are portrayed against rough, textural backgrounds. Hirschman’s use of lost and found edges allows her subjects to both be set off by their backgrounds and blend with them, giving her compositions a sense of unity and wholeness.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Pierre Houel’s View of a Sepulchre

View of a Sepulchre in the Underground Grotto near the Church of S.Nicola on the Island of Lipari, Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel, gouache
View of a Sepulchre in the Underground Grotto near the Church of S.Nicola on the Island of Lipari, Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel

In the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Gouache on paper, roughly 12×12″ (30x30cm)

This beautiful gouache painting by the 18th century French painter Jean-Pierre Houel conveys a wonderful feeling for both the shadowed recesses of the space and the rough stone texture of the walls.

 
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Tom Nachreiner

Tom Nachreiner, landscape and figurative painting
After establishing a successful carer as an illustrator, Wisconsin artist Tom Nachreiner transitioned into gallery painting.

His landscapes, cityscapes and figures are based on a framework of solid draftsmanship, allowing him to apply his paint in loose, gestural strokes, at times taking his compositions close to the edge of abstraction.

I particularly enjoy his use of rough edges, accented with crisp counterpoints in key areas.

In addition to participating in plein air events, Nachreiner also teaches and conducts workshops.

The painting collections on his website are arranged by year, but you can also choose “Genres” at the bottom of the drop-down navigation to sort by subject.

 
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