A few weeks ago several Art Renewal Center people met in New York to view some 19th century paintings being auctioned off later that week. There was a lot of amazing stuff to be seen there including some artists I had not been aware of. Here are a few highlights of what I saw there.
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for his portraits, but I have been interested to discover that he did quite a number of public murals, some of them at the very end of his life. They are quite a contrast in style from his more famous work. Here are a few examples.
Brian Shapiro recently pointed out that the Bouguereau I posted last week was incomplete (the feet were cut off) and he was right! Here’s what the whole thing looks like. It has a nicer color than the one I found as well. Thanks Brian!
Along the way I also found the following pair of Bouguereau studies on the same site…
Speaking of paintings I had not seen before, I found this William Bouguereau (1825-1905) painting that I had not seen before in Christie’s catalog. It’s apparently already in the upcoming catalogue raisonne, though not the ARC site, but I certianly had not encountered it before.
I was reading through some books this weekend and I spotted a painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), apparently long hidden in the private colelction of Henry W. Oliver. It’s not in my own Alma-Tadema page nor (based on a quick look) on the ARC site either. Here it is…
Previously, my only exposure to Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864) had been little more than his Naked Young Man Sitting by the Sea, but this past week I found a co
uple of additional examples of his work.
Here’s something a little unusual from Francesco Hayez (1791-1882) commissioned by Count Girolamo Malfatti using the model ballerina Carlotta Chabert, the nobleman’s mistress.
Here’s another new find from another little-known artist (to me at least). This particular painting was based on a popular serial novel by Eugene Sue called Les Mysteres de Paris.
I found a few wonderful pieces by Andrea Appiana (1745-1817) (an artist whose work I was only vaguely aware of previously) and I thought I should share them with you all.
Here are a few more interesting finds in no particular order….
Fydor Bruni (1802-1875) was a Russian born in Italy who returned there after childhood to paint. This particular painting seems a few years ahead of its time in its style in some respects but with some sixteenth century Venetian influences as well.
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) has long been one of my favorite sculptors, and therefore I think it’s fitting that I feature him in the first sculpture posting here. One of my favorite Carpeaux sculptures is The Triumph of Flora, but I never knew where it was located…
I found another misty green Dewing painting…
I have long found Caspar David Friedrich’s (1774-1840) paintings to have a certain haunting quality that is hard to put my finger on, and when I was doing some additional research on his work I found a few of his fellow Germans of the same era with a similar kind of quality. Here are a few of them…
Another artist I posted a series of examples of in a previous incarnation of this blog of Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) paintings. Since these are relatively hard to come by, I thought I would repost them here again so that they will stay alive on the Net.
Here’s another nice Sophie Anderson Painting
In an earlier version of my blog, I posted a collection of Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931) paintings that along the way got lost in the shuffle. In order to prevent them from being lost to the Net, I thought I would post them again.
Sheldon Lichter has been looking for a good image of Chasseriau’s The Toilet of Esther and I’m happy to oblige. The original painting is somewhat damaged, but I managed to clean it up quite a bit. Here it is…
Another artist I have had an eye out for for years is Edward Poynter (1836-1919), and I managed to find some interesting images I thought I would share with you all. One is a wonderful finished painting and the other is a study the demonstrates how thoroughly artists like Poynter understood anatomy and used that knowledge to make their paintings. No doubt David Hockney fans would claim that this proves that Poynter had an X-ray machine.