Eye Candy for Today: Mucha’s Autumn

Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, poster art
Autumn, Alphonse Mucha, poster art

Autumn, Alphonse Mucha; color lithograph, roughly 40 x 21 inches (103 x 54cm)

Image sourced from here; direct link here; info here.

This is one of the panels from Mucha’s first and perhaps most successful series of decorative panels, The Seasons, which he created in 1896. This and Summer are my favorites from the series.

I love the way he has counterbalanced the complementary reds and blue-greens throughout the composition, and set them off with muted versions in the background.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow river scene in France

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas landscape painting
Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas landscape painting

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas; roughly 29 x 36 inches (73 x 92 cm); in the collection fo the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, which has a zoomable and downloadable version of the image.

Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow has long been one of my favorite landscape painters. He was an absolute master of painting the flow of water through small streams and rivers.

Thaulow spent a good part of his career living and working in Paris, and many of his paintings are of rural areas in northern France.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Eugène Bléry etching

L'arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugene Blery, etching
L'arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugene Blery, etching (details)

L’arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugène Bléry, etching on chine collé, roughly 5×7″ (11 x 16 cm), in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC, which haas both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image.

A wonderful evocation of a deep forest scene, showing the effectiveness of just value and texture to convey mood and atmosphere. The images on the NGA site are actually much higher resolution than the detail crops I’ve provided above.

Chine collé refers to a technique in which a print is made on delicate or thin paper, supported by a thicker material during the printing process

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Hans Memling double portrait

Portraits of Folco Portinari and Maria Portinari (Maria Maddalena Baroncelli), oil painting on wood, Hans Memling
Portraits of Folco Portinari and Maria Portinari (Maria Maddalena Baroncelli), oil painting on wood, Hans Memling

Tommaso di Folco Portinari; Maria Portinari (Maria Maddalena Baroncelli), Hans Memling, oil on wood, roughly 17 x 13″ (42 x 32 cm), respectively.

These remarkable portraits by the noted 15th century Flemish painter are stunning examples of Northern Renaissance oil painting.

The Met’s page for the paintings indicates they were originally part of a triptych, both facing an inner panel of the Virgin and Child.

Look at the superb rendition of the couple’s eyes, the subtle modeling of the faces, the delicate variation of color in the skin, as well as the intricate attention paid to the woman’s jewelry, both of their rings, and the woman’s fingernails.

As if that wasn’t enough to wow the viewer, Memling has added a bit of trompe l’oeil trickery with a faux inner frame, overlapped subtly by the man’s cloak and the shadow of the woman’s praying hands, and more overtly by the veil of her headdress.

[Addendum: Reader Richard Budig (see this post’s comments) points out a fascinating detail I missed entirely. There is a pentimento of a line of beaded jewelry showing through the paint surface on the woman’s neck, just above the other jewelry.]

 
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Eye Candy for Today: River Gnilitsa by Vladimir Orlovsky

River Gnilitsa by Vladimir Orlovsky, Ukrainian painter, oil painting on canvas
River Gnilitsa (details) by Vladimir Orlovsky, Ukrainian painter, oil painting on canvas

River Gnilitsa, Vladimir Orlovsky; oil on canvas, roughly 37 x 61″ (95 x 155cm).

Link is to 2012 Bonham’s auction (with zoomable image). I assume the present location is a private collection. There is a reasonably large downloadable image here on Art Market Monitor.

Ukrainian painter Vladimir Orlovsky, who I featured recently as well as in 2014, gives us a wonderful landscape that feels both immediate and sweeping. My restricted crops don’t do the feeling of the painting justice. Go to one of the enlargements and view it full screen if possible.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Jan Bogaerts still life

Still life with a green strainer, Jan Bogaerts still life painting
Still life with a green strainer, Jan Bogaerts still life painting (details)

Still life with a green strainer, Jan Bogaerts

Link is to sold listing on Simonis & Buunk gallery, which has a zoomable version of the image.

Early 20th century Dutch painter Jan Bogaerts has a marvelous touch for portraying the surface textures of his still life objects.

At times his deftly handled light and the tactile quality of his subjects create a contemplative feeling that puts me in mind of the great 18th century French still life and genre painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.

For more, see my previous post on Jan Bogaerts.

 
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