Eye Candy for Today: Ingres pencil portrait of Mme Lethiere

Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethiere, née Marie-Joseph-Honoree Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethiere, pencil portrait drawing by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethiere, née Marie-Joseph-Honoree Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethiere (details), pencil portrait drawing by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethière, née Marie-Joseph-Honorée Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethière, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres; graphite on paper; roughly 9 x 7″ (24 x 19 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

I’m a great admirer of Ingres’ sensitive pencil portrait drawings. This one is a bit unusual, more finished than most, and featuring a background of Roman architecture.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: JMW Turner etching and mezzotint

The Woman and Tambourine, etching and mezzotint
The Woman and Tambourine, etching and mezzotint (details)

The Woman and Tambourine (Liber Studiorum, part I, plate 3), Joseph Mallord William Turner and Charles Turner, etching and mezzotint, roughly 7 x 11″ (21 x 29 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This was one of the prints Turner created for a 70 plate “book of studies”, he published in the early 19th century.

It was the practice of many artists at the time to work with printmaking specialists, for whom they would create drawings or watercolors as guidelines.

In this case, JMW Turner made brown watercolors as a guide for tone, and etched the basic drawing into the plate himself, turning to frequent collaborator Charles Turner (no relation) to create the tones in mezzotint. (There is a nice short description of the mezzotint process here.)

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Martin Rico scene of Venice

A Venetian canal with gondolas, Santa Maria Della Salute beyond, Martín Rico y Ortega
A Venetian canal with gondolas, Santa Maria Della Salute beyond (details), Martín Rico y Ortega

A Venetian canal with gondolas, Santa Maria Della Salute beyond, Martín Rico y Ortega; oil on canvas, roughly 17 x 28 in. (43 x 70 cm). Link is to a previous auction on Christie’s (large image here). I don’t know the currnet location of the original.

One of many beautiful images of Venice by 19th century Spanish painter Martín Rico y Ortega

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Jan Bogaerts landscape

Bridge in the garden of Versailles, Jan Bogaerts, oil on canvas
Bridge in the garden of Versailles, Jan Bogaerts, oil on canvas
Bridge in the garden of Versailles, Jan Bogaerts, oil on canvas, roughly 16 x 24 inches (40 x 60 cm). Link is to previous sale page on Simonis & Buunk Fine Art Dealers. (Click on the image on their page for a larger view.)

A beautifully idyllic landscape by Dutch painter Jan Bogaerts.

Bogaerts, who was active in the early to mid 20th century, is better known for his wonderfully tactile and contemplative still life paintings. I find his landscapes carry a similar sense of timelessness and serenity.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: DeCamp’s Blue Mandarin Coat

The Blue Mandarin Coat (The Blue Kimono), Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, oil on canvas
The Blue Mandarin Coat (The Blue Kimono) - details, Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, oil on canvas

The Blue Mandarin Coat (The Blue Kimono), Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, oil on canvas, roughly 43 x37 in (109 x 94 cm); link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, original is in the High Museum, which also has a zoomable version. There is a somewhat smaller downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons.

 
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Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerrit van Honthorst

Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerard van Honthorst
Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerard van Honnthorst (details)

Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerrit (AKA Gerard) van Honthorst; link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons.

I love this kind of nativity scene, in which the painter has represented the infant as the source of light. Special effects!

Van Honthorst was noted for his paintings featuring lighting effects (some similar to those of Georges de la Tour). He also painted another version of Adoration of the Shepherds with a similar light effect.

 
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