Eye Candy for Today: Waterhouse’s Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse Original is in the Tate, Britain. There is a high-resolution zoomable image on the Google Art Project, and a downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons. I almost hesitated to feature this image; Waterhouse’s interpretation of the scene from Tennyson’s poem is so commonly reproduced, it’s almost […]

Waterhouse’s Miranda

Whatever the actual reception of the movie itself, I think it’s always good when a new popularly released move brings renewed attention to the works of Shakespeare, which had much more in common with the characteristics of contemporary popular entertainment than your high school English class might have led you to believe. The latest adaptation […]

J.W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite

For those familiar with the English Pre-Raphaelite painters, the phrase “modern Pre-Raphaelite” may sound as much an oxymoron as the Surrealist phrase “Soluble Fish”, in that the Pre-Raphaelites named their group after their desire to return to the “pre-Raphael” purity of the early Renaissance. John William Waterhouse was never a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, […]

John William Waterhouse

How better to welcome Spring than with the paintings of John William Waterhouse. Often considered a Pre-Raphaelite, Waterhouse was never actually a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was very influenced by them, however, and shared much of their subject matter. Early in his career Waterhouse was more of a neo-classical painter, portraying Greek and […]

Hsin-Yao Tseng

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Hsin-Yao Tseng studied painting in the U.S. at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Tseng varies his approach, from refined and finished to loosely gestural, often with areas of the canvas left unpainted. At times he combines the two approaches to superb effect, with a refined subject appearing to […]

Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel was a French Academic classical painter who showed notable skill at drawing at the age of 11 and entered the École des Beaux-Arts at 17. He quickly began exhibiting at the Paris Salon. He was renowned as a portrait painter as well as a painter of historic, religious and classical subjects, and eventually […]

Jeff Jones

In a style that was markedly influenced by his contemporaries Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta, Jeff Jones created fantasy and science fiction illustration through the 1960’s and 70’s that was distinguished by strong use of color and texture and a wonderful sense of line within his painterly delineation of form. Jones was also a comics […]

Edmund Blair Leighton

There’s just something about knights in armor, fair maidens in sweeping dresses and rough castle walls draped with tapestries that makes for wonderful images; from the finely wrought paintings of the Victorian era through the dramatic illustrations of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth to highly finessed digital renderings of modern fantasy illustrators. Edmind Blair Leighton […]

Art Renewal Center

I decided my first post for this weblog would be ARC. This site is just amazing. The heart of it is an enormous virtual museum of realist and representational art filled with high-resolution images of thousands of paintings (as well as some drawings). Browse through the Museum (online galleries), which you can sort by artist’s […]