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Otakar Lebeda

Otakar Lebeda was a 19th century Czech painter whose tragically short life and career have been compared to that of Vincent van Gogh. Lebeda began painting at an early age, and had the opportunity to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with noted landscape painter Julius Ma?ák. He started out in a […]

Miguel Angel Moya

Miguel Angel Moya is a contemporary realist painter originally from Valencia, Spain. Hi subjects include orchestras and musicians, inspired by Moya’s own time as a professional violinist, as well as cityscapes and architectural interiors. In his most recent series, Moya has focused on enigmatic still life of biological forms — mostly sea creatures — suspended […]

Eye Candy for Today: Ivan Shishkin’s Rye

Rye, Ivan Shishkin Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. In contrast to his scenes of thick forest groves, Russian landscape master Ivan Shishkin here stands his trees as sentinels above the expanse of a rye field. A dirt […]

Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring is a comics artist and painter who delves into strange and wonderful imagery derived from dreams and a history of childhood hallucinations. Woodring is known for his short comics stories, told wordlessly and in a stream-of-unconsciousness manner, that feature his recurring character, “Frank”. Frank is something of an apparition in himself, a fever […]

Eye Candy for Today: Greuze Portrait

Portrait of a Lady in Turkish Fancy Dress, Jean-Baptiste Greuze Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; smaller downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the LACMA. Greuze continues to delight the eye with his soft edges and delicate rendering, underpinned by his solid draftsmanship and understanding of the geometry of the […]

Arturo Ferrari

Arturo Ferrari was an Italian painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his career painting the streets and buildings of Milan, focusing on the older parts of the city and rendering his subjects with a wonderfully blocky, painterly quality that recalls the pioneering work of the Macchiaioli painters. […]

Eye Candy for Today: Kawase Hasui’s The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba

The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba (Shiba Benten ike), Kawase Hasui Woodblock prints, roughly 11 x 16 inches (27 x 40 cm). As with most woodblock prints, there are several different “pulls” from the same block for this beautiful image designed by Japanese Shin hanga artist Kawase Hasui. I’ve selected two versions to show […]

Edward Wilkins Waite

English landscape painter Edward Wilkins Waite was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Waite focused on landscapes, most of which were painted in his and around Surrey, where he was born. His landscapes are often painted in gentle overcast light, using an appealing muted palette and with an emphasis on texture. His […]

Ton?i Zonji?

Ton?i Zonji? (pronouced TAWN-chih ZAWN-yitch, according to an article on Illustrator’s Lounge) is a contemporary Croatian comics artist and illustrator. I make a point or mentioning that he is contemporary because of the wonderful feeling his work has for the classic comics artists of the past. His chiaroscuro ink style carries echoes of early 20th […]

Eye Candy for Today: William Strutt pencil drawing

Young Woman Holding a Book, William Strutt Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of South Australia, which also has an larger version on their site, though not as large as the other two. Pencil and watercolor on paper. The sheet is […]

Marcel Rieder

In his repeated subjects, 19th century French painter Marcel Rieder became fascinated with low levels of light, both in scenes of dusk and sunset, and in intimate outdoor and interior scenes lit by lamps. Like the “painters of Paris”, Luigi Loir, Eugéne Galien Laloue, Edward Léon Cortès and Antoine Blanchard — who found harmony in […]

Eye Candy for Today: Pieter Claesz still life

Still Life, Pieter Claesz In the collection of the Timken Museum of Art (larger version here). Usually, 17th century Dutch still life paintings like this one are named by modern curators with descriptive titles that include some of the objects pictured. The Timkin simply calls this one “Still Life”, but they mention in their description […]

W. Heath Robinson (update)

William Heath Robinson, who signed his pictures “W. Heath Robinson”, was an English illustrator, cartoonist, author and watercolorist known in particular for his wry cartoons and his series of drawings depicting unlikely and complicated contraptions for accomplishing mundane tasks. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Sargent’s portrait of Mrs. Hammersly

Mrs. Hugh Hammersley, John Singer Sargent In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s only paint, brushes and canvas, folks. (Sigh.)  

James Gurney’s Living Sketchbook app

One of the most fascinating ways to see into the mind of an artist is to have the opportunity to look through their sketchbooks. This is not often possible, sketchbooks are frequently personal, full of unfinished thoughts and experiments and seldom voulnteered for display by the artists themselves. When the opportunity does arise, it’s a […]

Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre, Spring

Boulevard Montmartre, Spring; Camille Pissarro Link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadablve version on Wikimedia Commons. Google’s listing indicates the original is in the collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; but I can’t find it in their online database. This is one of the remarkable series of […]

Bernie Wrightson

Bernie (Berni) Wrigntson was an American comics artist and illustrator known for his work on horror comics for DC Comics and Warren Publishing, on titles like Batman and, in particular, Swamp Thing. Bernie Writghtson died on Saturday at the age of 68. His work on Swamp Thing set new standards for horror comics art and […]

John Lavery

John Lavery was an Irish painter who spent a good deal of his career living and working in London. He is known primarily for his portraits and depictions of the the First World War, but I find his landscapes most appealing, especially those depicting water. Lavery was acquainted with James McNeil Whistler, an expatriate American […]

101 Great Illustrators from the Golden Age, 1890-1925

Discovering art that you love by artists whose work is new to you can be a little like meeting a person to whom you’re romantically attracted — there’s an initial rush of infatuation that is so pleasurable the feeling can be addictive. Growing up in northern Delaware (in a house a few hundred yards from […]

Ernst Fredinand Oehme

Ernst Fredinand Oehme was a 19th century German Romantic landscape painter noted for his darkly atmospheric landscapes and paintings of architectural subjects. Oehme studied with the highly regarded Danish painter Johan Christian Dahl, and through him met Caspar David Friedrich. The influence of both painters is evident in Oehme’s initial choices of subject matter and […]

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