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...
Bertha Wegmann
 

Bertha Wegmann

Let me introduce you to Bertha Wegmann (1846–1926), who was a Danish portrait and landscape painter. She painted this in 1877, and it depicts her good friend Jenna Bauck. Bertha Wegmann painted about 20 portraits of Bauck, whom she met when they both stayed in Munich in the 1860s. While...
Carnevale di Venezia
 

Carnevale di Venezia

In New Orleans, the Mardi Gras krewe parades begin marching early in the year. They start slowly at first, once a week or so in January, and as Lent approaches they slowly ramp up to several each day. Thousands of tourists are lured to NOLA each year to party and play during...
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...
Andrew Wyeth
 

Andrew Wyeth

It’s not surprising artists paint self-portraits. The subject is readily available, generally won’t complain about how much time it’s taking and is willing to follow along with crazy ideas. The results are interesting. Sometimes, when painters and photographers turn the canvas on themselves, the outcome is profound. How does one...
Elizabeth Gadd
 

Elizabeth Gadd

  Study this image titled Be Still by Elizabeth Gadd, who is a Canadian photographer based out of Vancouver. It’s haunting and beautiful. It speaks to me of loneliness and the search for inner stillness. Many of her images consist of a lone figure posed in the midst of a majestic...