Fadeaway Girl
 
Fadeaway Girl
In the 1910s, artists began portraying American women in a new way. These women were modern, active and athletic. They drove cars. They ran with their dogs, practiced archery and worked in the yard (all the while wearing a skirt.) Chief among the early architects of this “Golden Age of American Illustration” was Coles Phillips,…
David Agenjo
 
David Agenjo
Raised in Madrid, David Agenjo currently works in London. Best known as a figurative artist, Agenjo’s works have recently taken a turn towards the abstract. While these are interesting, they aren’t as compelling as his work from the early 2010s. Today, I want to focus on two of my favorite paintings: Bejin from 2012 and…
Ladies in Blue
 
Ladies in Blue
I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share the beautiful images I’ve collected. Generally, I’m not a fan of compilation blogs because images often lack an attribution. Tracking down the artist or photographer can be time-consuming and frustrating, but I insist if you’re posting an image, you must do your best to let the…
Slash and Turn
 
Slash and Turn
Today I want to highlight this remarkable example of a European court dress from 1560. The technique of slashing a bodice to show glimpses of a delicate cotton undershirt (called a chemise) is one we’ve seen in court paintings prior to this. But here, the lightweight cotton has been replaced by an opulent gold and cream…
More Than One
 
More Than One
When one reviews a lifetime of works by an artist (any artist, be it painter, writer, sculptor, dancer, musician, whatever), if that artist is lucky, there will be one or two pieces deemed “Masterpiece.” These works will stand above the others. They will catch the eye or the throat or the heart and shout, “Me!…
Bryan Kneale
 
Bryan Kneale
Bryan Kneale (born 1930) is primarily known as an abstract sculptor. However, I chose his “Self-Portrait” from 1955 for today’s featured image because of the tale he is telling. Without using words, we immediately know something about him. The subject’s gaze is contemplative yet wistful, with a touch of sadness around the eyes. One hand…