Eye Candy for Today: Bierstadt’s Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Albert Bierstadt

Mountain Brook, Albert Bierstadt (details)

Mountain Brook, Albert Bierstadt

Oil on canvas, roughly 44 x 36 in (12 x 92 cm), in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, whose site includes both a zoomable and downloadable version of the high-res image.

German-American painter Albert Bierstadt, who is associated with both the Hudson River and Rocky Mountain schools of painting, is known primarily for his grand and dramatic vistas of mountains and related landscape, but I find fascination in his more intimate subjects.

In this one — likely an invented scene culled from his trips through the White Mountains in New England — he gives us a tranquil scene of a mountain brook, but alive with a different kind of drama, one of light, shadow and texture.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Sorolla’s Sewing the Sail

Sewing the Sail, Joaquin Sorolla

Sewing the Sail, Joaquin Sorolla (details)

Sewing the Sail, Joaquin Sorolla

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This beautiful painting by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla makes it easy to see why he is sometimes referred to as “master of light”.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Summer Evening by Emile Claus

Summer Evening by Emile Claus

Summer Evening by Emile Claus

Summer Evening (Soir´e D’ét), Emile Claus

Roughly 38 x 51 inches (98 x 130 cm); link is to Wikimedia Commons; original is in a private collection.

19th/20th century Belgian painter Emile Claus gives us a beautifully evocative impression of a summer evening.

 
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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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