Sina Pakzad Kasra

Sina Pakzad Kasra, concept art, illustration, digital painting
Sina Pakzad Kasra is a concept artist and illustrator whose digital painting and drawing styles range from sketch-like to refined and atmospheric.

At times, his textural approach appears nicely painterly, particularly in those images that have more naturalistic environments.

Kasra often uses muted, almost monochromatic palettes to dramatic effect, alternating with brighter palettes in some of his more futuristic themes.

Robert Zünd

Robert Zund, Swiss landscape painter
19th century Swiss painter Robert Zünd studied with several noted Swiss landscape painters, including Alexandre Calame and his teacher, François Diday.

Carrying forward the emphasis on truth to nature of his teachers, Zünd became noted for his richly detailed landscapes, many of which were large in scale. He also was influenced by the study of masterworks by French and Dutch masters like Claude Lorrain and Jacob van Ruisdael that he encountered during a time in Paris, and incorporated their methods of classical composition into his own work.

Zünd is also known for his series of religious themed paintings — such as The Road to Emmaus (images above, fourth down) — that were created during a ten year period in the middle of his career.

Zünd captured the textural and atmospheric character of the woods and fields he portrayed, as well as the play of light through them, creating his studio works from location drawings and oil sketches (images above, fifth down).

One of his most noted paintings, Der Eichenwald (The Oak Forest, images above, top, with detail, large version here), gained him particular attention and the respect of other noted painters when it was exhibited at the National Exhibition in Zurich in 1883.

To me, his work conveys a sense of deep affection for nature and the landscape itself that goes beyond that of many other painters.

Eye Candy for Today: Rubens red chalk profile portrait

Rubens red chalk profile portrait

Profile Head of an Old Man (“Niccolò da Uzzano”)
, Peter Paul Rubens

Red chalk and red chalk wash, over a layer of opaque light gray. Roughly 9 X 6 inches (22 x 16 cm). In the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum.

In this beautifully realized chalk drawing the bony geometry of the face and the suggestion of veins in the sitter’s temple and neck suggest carful observation on Ruben’s part.

The masterful tone work is a combination of textural chalk marks and a wash made either by wetting the chalk in areas or by creating a wash from chalk particles suspended in water and applying it with a brush like an ink wash.

Jonas Lie

Jonas Lie, landscape paintings

Jonas Lie was a painter born in Norway to a Norwegian father and an American mother. After the death of his father he emigrated to the U.S., joining his mother and sisters in New York.

He became known for his paintings of the city, and in particular of the Atlantic coast in New England and Canada.

In some of his paintings, it looks to me like he has been influenced by other painters friends om Norway, like Frits Thaulow.

Eye Candy for Today: Hiroshi Yoshida spring woodblock print

Spring in a Hot Spring (Onsen no haru), Hiroshi Yoshida
Spring in a Hot Spring (Onsen no haru), Hiroshi Yoshida

Woodblock print, roughly 11 x 16 inches (27 x 40 cm); in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; also on Ukiyo-e Search.

With the visual appeal of both a drawing and a painting, Shin-hanga master Hiroshi Yoshida also combines the sensibilities of Japanese and Western art in his beautiful evocation of a spring day at a hot spring.

Thicker and heavier than etching lines, Yoshida’s woodblock lines are printed in a lighter ink, giving them a comparable but different kind of delicacy.

The subtle color relationships and graceful sweep of the branches combine with the muted contrasts with which he suggests the moving water of the stream to give a lively but contemplative picture of the scene.

Art Museum Day 2017

Art Museum Day 2017
Tomorrow, Thursday May 18, 2017, is Art Museum Day here in the U.S.

Organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors, it’s an event in which participating museums open their doors for free and often feature events, tours and museum shop discounts.

Unlike the broader Museum Day, organized by the Smithsonian and generally held in September, this event has no requirement for advance tickets or limitations on the number of museums you can visit on the day.

This page devoted to Art Museum Day, though it may not be obvious at first, offers a list of participating museums, arranged by state.

The images above are of some of the participating museums here in the Philadelphia area: the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum of American Art and the Barnes Foundation.