Birge Harrison

Lowell Birge Harrison

Lowell Birge Harrison

Lowell Birge Harrison was an American landscape painter, active the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was associated with the Tonalist school and was noted for the play of light in his winter landscapes and atmospheric cityscapes.

He studied initially at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, while Thomas Eakins was teaching there, and later in Europe with Sargent’s teacher Carolus-Duran and at the École des Beaux-Arts.

He wrote and lectured on art, and a series of his lectures to the Art Students League were collected into a book titled simply Landscape Painting. There is an edition that combines this book with one from Hudson River School painter Asher Durand into a single volume, also titled Landscape Painting ( link)


Eye Candy for Today: Hiroshi Yoshida watercolor

Hiroshi Yoshida watercolor, Autumn in a Japanese Village

Hiroshi Yoshida watercolor, Autumn in a Japanese Village (details)

Autumn in a Japanese Village, Hiroshi Yoshida; watercolor on paper, roughly 13 x 20 in. (33 x 50 cm); link to image is on Ukiyo-e Search; I don’t know the location of the original.

Hiroshi Yoshida was a Japanese artist active the early to mid 20th century. He is known primarily for his extraordinarily beautiful woodblock prints in the shin-hanga style that show his affection for the traditions of both Japanese and Western art.

It is much less often the we see examples of his direct watercolor paintings. In this wonderful example, he takes advantage of atmospheric and textural effects that are difficult to achieve in woodblock printing.