Eye Candy for Today: Emelie Preyer Still Life with Grapes and Peaches

Still Life with Grapes and Peaches, Emelie Preyer , oil on canvas
Still Life with Grapes and Peaches, Emelie Preyer , oil on canvas

Still Life with Grapes and Peaches, Emelie Preyer, oil on canvas, roughly 7 x 9″ (17 x 23 cm)

A wonderfully tactile still life from German painter Emelie Preyer, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I love the she has emphasized imperfections, with the inclusion of the fly (or perhaps a tiny wasp?), the insect ravaged leaf, and the traces of what I take to be insects going after the smaller fruits in the foreground.

 
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John Anthony Park

John Anthony Park, landscape paintings
John Anthony Park, landscape paintings

John Anthony Park was British landscape painter active in the early to middle part of the 20th century. He focused largely on scenes in involving water, seascapes, harbor scenes, rivers and small streams.

Water was a subject he handled quite adeptly, with attention to reflections, surface effects and characteristics of flow.

 
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Veronese Adorations

Adoration of the Magi, Paolo Veronese
Adoration of the Magi (detail), Adoration of the Shepherds, Paolo Veronese

Paolo Veronese: Adoration of the Magi and Adoration of the Shepherds.

Two beautiful paintings by 16th century master Paolo Veronese, though the kings seem to get a lot more attention here than the shepherds (much as in life, I suppose).

Veronese did several paintings of the adorations; these are both from the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Venice, Italy

I’m always a little taken aback, in paintings like this, by the putti (angel babies) who are represented as disembodied flying heads. I think it has something to do with the hierarchy of angel types, but still…

 
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J. C. Leyendecker’s wide awake Santa

Santa drinks coffee illustration by JC Leyendecker
Santa drinks coffee illustration by JC Leyendecker (detail)

Well, here’s something I didn’t know: coffee perks you up! — at least, according to this ad from the December 16, 1940 issue of Life magazine, delightfully illustrated by J. C. Leyendecker.

Apparently, Santa is WIDE AWAKE in this ad from the Pan American coffee producers. This is an advertisement for coffee in general, rather than a specific brand, back when they apparently had to convince Americans to drink coffee!

According to the text: “For sound scientific reasons, it brightens conversation, makes mind and muscles more alert — lifts up the spirits when you’re tired.”

And Santa, let me tell you — after sipping this remarkable beverage — is READY for something!

I have long suggested that, in building on the contributions of Thomas Nast and Reginald Birch, the brilliant American illustrator J. C. Leyendecker is the artist who contributed most to the characterization of Santa Claus as we recognize him, and provided the basis for later contributions by Norman Rockwell, Haddon Sundblom, N. C. Wyeth and others.

This copy of the image is sourced from the Vintascope blog, which is devoted to “vintage illustration, advertising and ephemera”.

Merry Christmas!

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Stepan Kolesnikoff Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape, Stepan Kolesnikoff, gouache painting
Winter Landscape, Stepan Kolesnikoff, gouache painting

Winter Landscape, Stepan Kolesnikoff, gouache on card, roughly 20 x 26 in (50 x 65 cm).

Link is to a 2019 auction result on Christie’s (large image here). I assume the painting is currently in a private collection.

Another beautiful snow scene in gouache by the Ukrainian/Rusian painter Stepan Kolesnikoff, who was active in the early part of the 20th century. For more, see my previous post on Stepan Kolesnikoff.

Happy Winter Solstice!

 
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Arturo Noci

Arturo Noci paintings
Arturo Noci paintings

Arturo Noci was an Italian painter active in the early to mid 20th century. He painted landscapes in the Divisionist style, a post-Impressionist style that focused on the separation of colors into individual dots — similar to Pointilism — but that were intended to be blended optically.

In the later part of his career, he moved to New York and was in demand as a portrait painter.

 
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