Eye Candy for Today: Nicolas Poussin’s Landscape with a Calm

Landscape with a Calm, Nicolas Poussin

Landscape with a Calm, Nicolas Poussin, details

Landscape with a Calm, Nicolas Poussin, oil on canvas, roughly 38 x 51 inches (97 x 131 cm). Original is in the Getty Museum, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project and a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons.

Among other subjects, French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin — who spent most of his career in Rome and resisted the excesses of the Baroque style — painted landscapes in a dynamic but classically influenced style.

The title makes more sense when the painting is compared to its pendant counterpart, Landscape with a Storm, in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen.

Both deal with atmosphere, but in this case, the peaceful scene is more dramatic and engaging than that of the tempest.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow, A stream in spring

Frits Thaulow, A stream in spring

Frits Thaulow, A stream in spring (details)

A stream in spring, Frits Thaulow, oil on panel, roughly 13 x 16 inches (32 x 40 cm)

Link is to Christie’s auction house, where the painting was sold at auction in 2011 (full size here). I don’t know the current location of the original, perhaps in a private collection.

19th century Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow is my favorite painter of small streams and rivers, and one of my favorite landscape painters in general.

I don’t think I’ve seen anyone capture the elements of surface character, reflection and objects under the water quite like Thaulow. For superb example of how he sometimes captures all three in one painting, see my Eye Candy post on Thaulow’s Water Mill.

 
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Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2020!

JC Leyendeckers Saturday Evening Post New Years Baby cover for 1920

JC Leyendeckers Saturday Evening Post New Years Baby cover for 1920 (detail)

As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve Since 2006, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with another of J.C. Leyendecker’s terrific New Year’s Baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

See my 2006 post for background on the origin of the Leyendecker New Years baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

I wish you all a new year filled with beautiful, inspiring art!

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Francesc Masriera’s Winter 1882

Winter 1882, Francesc Masriera

Winter 1882, Francesc Masriera

Winter 1882, Francesc Masriera

Oil on canvas, roughly 31 x 24″ (79 x 62 cm); link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, which also has a zoomable image.

Catalan painter Francesc Masriera has give us a tour de force study of soft textures — from the variation in the fur of the muff, the tufts on the hat and tassels on the muff, the fabric of the hat and wrap, and the soft curls of the young woman’s hair — contrasted with the smoother textures of her sleeve and glove.

 
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Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens (details)

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Link is to Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Royal Museum Antwerp.

17th century Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens’ multi-faceted penchant for drama is in evidence here, in the pyramidal arrangement of the figures — topped of by camel riders peering under the rafters — the great assortment of facial expressions, the flowing drapery of robes, and the dynamic poses of even the most static figures.

 
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Another Norman Rockwell exhausted Santa

Norman Rockwell Santa

Norman Rockwell Santa (details)

Another of Norman Rockwell’s tired Santa illustrations, this one before rather than after his world-round ride, as in the illustration I featured in this post from 2017.

I love the fact that Santa is apparently oblivious to the elf on his shoulder hanging onto his ear as he leans out to point.

Source for the image is this article from the Union College Clocktower.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 
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