Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens (details)

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Link is to Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Royal Museum Antwerp.

17th century Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens’ multi-faceted penchant for drama is in evidence here, in the pyramidal arrangement of the figures — topped of by camel riders peering under the rafters — the great assortment of facial expressions, the flowing drapery of robes, and the dynamic poses of even the most static figures.

 
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Another Norman Rockwell exhausted Santa

Norman Rockwell Santa

Norman Rockwell Santa (details)

Another of Norman Rockwell’s tired Santa illustrations, this one before rather than after his world-round ride, as in the illustration I featured in this post from 2017.

I love the fact that Santa is apparently oblivious to the elf on his shoulder hanging onto his ear as he leans out to point.

Source for the image is this article from the Union College Clocktower.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Peder Mønsted winter landscape

Peder Mork Monsted, Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag)

Peder Mork Monsted, Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag) (details)

Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag), Peder Mørk Mønsted

Link is to image on Wikimedia Commons: I don’t know the location of the original.

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone!

 
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Russell Chatham

Russell Chatham, landscape paintings and color lithogaphs
Russell Chatham, landscape paintings and color lithogaphs

Russell Chatham was an American landscape artist based for most of his career in Montana. Though he also produced oil paintings, he is known in particular for his beautifully subtle color lithographs, some of which use 30 or more layers of color to attain the final image.

His work shares some characteristics with tonalist painting, but I think of it as something aside and quite unique. I love the soft, poetic nuances of his color and value relationships, the meditative stillness of his scenes and the often bold geometry of his compositions.

Russell Chatham died this past November, 2019, at the age of 80. I don’t know of a dedicated website for his work; I’ve linked to a few other sources that I could find.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Paxton’s The Yellow Jacket

The Yellow Jacket, William McGregor Paxton, oil on canvas

The Yellow Jacket, William McGregor Paxton, oil on canvas (details)

The Yellow Jacket, William McGregor Paxton, oil on canvas, roughly 27 x 22 inches (56 x 69 cm).

Link is to Bonham’s, which auctioned the painting in 2016 and has a zoomable version on the auction detail page. I don’t know the current location; I would assume it’s in a private collection. There is a smaller but reasonably large image online as part of an article about the sale on Antiques and the Arts (click on small image for larger version).

William McGregor Paxton was noted for his serene, contemplative paintings of elegantly dressed women in room interiors. In this beautifully realized example, you can see his fascination with the compositions of Vermeer, an interest he shared with fellow member of the Guild of Boston Painters, Edmund Charles Tarbell.

The rendering of the woman’s face and hair is a wonderful example of Paxton’s command of soft edges, the robe a study in subtle values, and the open book a tribute to the power of suggested detail.

 
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