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Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 1 of 4)

What kind of instruction did the students receive at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century? This begins a four-part series about the concepts and criticism in the atelier of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), based on a rare first-hand account of an American student who reported his experience in 1869. Show More Summary

Foreground Miniatures

Michael Paul Smith takes photos of his favorite town, called Elgin Park. The pictures look like snapshots from some midcentury utopian town. Most of his photos involve some cars parked on the street and buildings and trees in the background. Show More Summary

Phil May (1863-1904)

"Shave, or hair cut, sir?" "Corns, you fool! Phil May (1863-1904) was an English cartoonist known for his deft and economical pen-and-ink caricatures. He grew up around the theater, so he was familiar with music hall actors and types. Show More Summary

Dinotopia: World Beneath Episode 4

It's Podcast Tuesday! Here's the newest episode of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the episode with the play button above or by following this link to Soundcloud. "Trust old Crabb," says Lee as they approach Black Fish Tavern by the light of the moon. Show More Summary


This small oil study by James Perry Wilson was left unfinished, allowing us to see how he did it. After a careful line drawing, he painted from background to foreground, completing each area before moving on to the next. This photo shows J. Show More Summary

Benjamin Constant

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was a French Orientalist painter active in the late 19th century. Though his work was popular and in demand during his time, he is not well known today. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is currently featuring an exhibition of work by Constant and his contemporaries: Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain […]

Henry John Yeend King

English Victorian painter Henry John Yeend King studied painting in London and in Paris, learning both traditional academic techniques and the new plein air methods that were coming into practice. Yeend King specialized in landscape and genre paintings of rustic scenes, often with young women going about their chores, gathering flowers, waiting for and riding […]

Walking Through "Abstraction" at Pentimenti

Gallery-goers were at least ankle deep in "one  o three inches" of snow last Saturday in Philadelphia's Old City, which had turned into a cold and inhospitable land of slushy white stuff. Fortunately Pentimenti Gallery was host to the...Show More Summary

Fair and Loathing: Structure and Material, Part 1

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFsFair and Loathing: Big PaintingsFair and Loathing: Art? Not Art? Fair and Loathing: Gender Issues Fair and Loathing: Small...Show More Summary

Mid-Century Geometric Abstraction

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times  Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFs Fair and Loathing: Big Paintings Fair and Loathing: Art? Not Art? Fair and Loathing: Gender Issues Fair and Loathing:...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Thomas Wilmer Dewing silverpoint portrait

Portrait of a Woman, Thomas Wilmer Dewing In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download icons under the image. Original sheet is roughly 22 x 19 in. (57 x 48 cm). The portrait is drawn in silverpoint, the most prevalent of the variations of metalpoint drawing. The artist draws with a thin […]

Dynamic Downshots of Devambez

André Devambez (1867—1944) was a French artist who was fascinated by the bird's eye view. His most famous painting is called "The Charge," which shows a confrontation between demonstrators and police on the Boulevard Montmartre. TheShow More Summary

Jennifer Diehl

Originally from Wisconsin and now based in Oregon, Jennifer Diehl is a painter who brings a controlled but lively palette and painterly sensibility to a range of subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, interiors, and figurative. Her landscapes feel fresh, unhurried and naturalistic, while still retaining the immediacy of location painting, and she often plays with […]

Alina Chau (update)

Alina Chau is a painter, illustrator and animation artist whose whimsical images are rendered in lively applications of watercolor. Her work includes elements of children’s book illustration, concept design, naturalistic painting, stylized design elements and the influence of traditional Chinese ink painting. Show More Summary

A Composition by Robert Fawcett

Have a look at this picture, and try to self-monitor how you experience it. The editors of the Famous Artists Course included this illustration by Robert Fawcett (1903-1967) along with an explanatory diagram to demonstrate some design principles. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: William Logsdail’s St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields, William Logsdail Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Tate Britain. I love the atmosphere in this painting of London’s Trafalgar Square by Victorian painter William Logsdail — the wetness of the stone, the textures of fabrics, and the […]

Emmanuel Shiu

Emmanuel Shiu is a concept artist and designer for the film and gaming industries, whose clients include SOny Pictures, Universal, Disney, Paramount and Warner Brothers, among others. His images often combine high fantasy, futuristic cityscapes and high-tech environments with a feeling of tactile and sometimes gritty reality. I enjoy the way he can suggest immense […]

A Visit to the Dinotopia Exhibition

Yesterday we visited the Dinotopia show in Stamford, Connecticut in preparation for the events that are coming up in a couple of weeks.Over 50 original paintings are presented in several big rooms of the museum. For those who saw the...Show More Summary

Art and Family

In this 1866 cartoon by George Du Maurier from Punch, the caption says, "Mrs. Fred doesn't care how long she sits for her 'dear Fred,' so long as her 'darling Freddy' is in some safe place where he can't get into mischief." A cartoon by Charles Dana Gibson shows the artist painting away while his wife or girlfriend waits nearby. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Henri Rousseau’s Carnival Evening

Carnival Evening, Henri-Julien-Félix Rousseau Zoomable image on Google Art Project; high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When I was younger, I had a poster of this painting on my apartment wall, and I still enjoy its presence here in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rousseau is often considered […]

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