Eye Candy for Today: Easter Matins by Ukrainian artist Mykola Pymonenko

Easter Matins, by Ukranian painter Mykola Pymonenk
Easter Matins, by Ukranian painter Mykola Pymonenk

Easter Matins, Mykola Pymonenk

, oil on canvas, roughly 52 x 76 inches (133 x 193 cm). Link is to the file page on Wikipedia; original is in the Rybinsk State Historical-Architectural and Artistic Preserve Museum in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia.

Mykola Pymonenko was a Ukranian artist active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His scene of the early morning observance is lit by both candlelight and the early dawn.

Pymonenko is just one of many notable Ukranian painters. Though many of them have a history of cultural exchanges with the larger schools and movements of Russian painting, they often take their own regional culture as subjects.

When a people and their nation are attacked, so is their culture.

War is the anthesis of art, destruction as opposed to creation; polar opposites of human behavior.


Eye Candy for Today: Edward Redfield’s The Upper Delaware

The Upper Delaware, Edward Redfield, Pennsyvania Impressionist landscape
The Upper Delaware (details), Edward Redfield, Pennsyvania Impressionist landscape

The Upper Delaware, Edward Willis Redfield, oil on canvas, roughly 38 x 50 inches (96 x 127 cm).

Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; high res (33mb) image available on Wikimedia commons; original is in the collection of the James A Michenner Art Museum in Bucks county PA, which unfortunately does not put much effort into displaying works from their collection online.

Redfield, though not the founder, is often thought of as the leader of the group of painters who settled along the Delaware River north of Philadelphia in the early 20th century that is often referred to as the “New Hope School”, or the “Pennsylvania Impressionists”.

Refield was noted for his winter scenes, and this beautiful depiction of the Delaware River as it passes through a rocky area some miles north of New Hope is a striking example.