František Dvořák (Franz Dvorak)

Frantisek Dvorak

Frantisek Dvorak

František Dvořák, who changed his family name from Bruner — also known as Franz Bruner or Franz Dvorak — was a Czech painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He studied in Prague, Vienna and Munich, and traveled to France with Czech painters Alfons Mucha and Karel Mašek. He later went on to Italy and then to the U.S., where he lived and worked for several years here in Philadelphia. He eventually returned to Prague, but he was never as well known in his homeland as in other countries.

Dvořák’s style shows some influence of his Art Nouveau contemporaries, but is less overtly stylized and carries more of a traditional classical, if romantic, feeling.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Henry La Thangue’s Ligurian Roses

Ligurian Roses, Henry Herbert La Thangue

Ligurian Roses, Henry Herbert La Thangue (details)

Ligurian Roses, Henry Herbert La Thangue; oil on canvas, roughly 41 x 28 in. (105 x 96 cm), link is to Sotheby’s auction in 2011. I’m assuming the current location of the original is a private collection.

Henry La Thangue was an English painter, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who was influenced by the Barbizon School and the naturalism of Jules-Bastien Le Page.

I love the dappled light, subtle shadowed color and painterly brush mark in this scene. I find it interesting that the artist, in naming the work, considered the flowers the primary subject rather than the figure.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Sunny Autumn Day by George Inness

Sunny Autumn Day by George Inness

Sunny Autumn Day by George Inness (details)

Sunny Autumn Day by George Inness

Oil on canvas, approximately 32 x 42 in. (81 x 106 cm). Link is to the Cleveland Museum of Art, which has the original in its collection and offers both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image.

It’s easy to see the visual drama of the light and dark areas of the composition, but like may of Inness’ paintings from this period of his career, an important part of the magic is in the relationship of the soft and hard edges.

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

 
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Jakob Matthias Schmutzer

Jakob Matthias Schmutzer chalk drawing

Jakob Matthias Schmutzer chalk drawings

Jakob Schmutzer Was an Austrian artist active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was primarily an engraver, and also a painter, but what I find most appealing, and what you will find most often if you research his work on the internet, are his chalk drawings.

His drawings sometimes of figures, but often of portraits; in them, Schmutzer’s hatching follows the form and crosses lines in the manner of the hatching in engravings, but his secondary line work is often loose and gestural, giving the drawings a particular visual charm.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Julian Onderdonk landscape

Late Afternoon, Julian Onderdonk

Late Afternoon, Julian Onderdonk

Late Afternoon, Julian Onderdonk

The link is to the image page on WikiArt, which unfortunately doesn’t have much information about the size or location of the original. If you click on “View all sizes” under the image on their page, you can access a reasonably high res version of the image. Presumably, this is oil on canvas.

Texas painter Robert Julian Onderdonk, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is considered an “American Impressionist”, and in known in particular for his landscapes featuring fields of Texas Bluebonnet flowers.

Here, his subject is less colorful and more prosaic, but, even though I’ve only see it in reproduction, I just love this painting. Onderdonk’s seemingly casual brush work is so delightfully brushy and textural, the usual adjective of “painterly” seems insufficient.

 
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Tyl Destoop

Tyl Destoop watercolor painting

Tyl Destoop watercolor painting

Originally from Belgium, Tyl Destoop is a watercolor painter living in the Normandy region of France.

Destoop has a pleasantly free rendering style, matched with solid draftsmanship and compositional skills. I particularly enjoy his urban scenes.

His website offers a selection of his paintings, most of which are available for purchase. You can find more on his pages on SaatchiArt and FineArtAmerica.

Destoop’s YouTube channel offers a number of demonstration and process videos.

 
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