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 But here, the lightweight cotton has been replaced by...
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...
Annie Liebowitz
 

Annie Liebowitz

Annie Liebowitz took this photograph of Bruce Springsteen in Clichy, France, during his River Tour 2016. Currently, I’m reading Bruce’s memoir “Born to Run.” In it, he confessed he wanted to be one of the Beatles when he was a teenager. I wanted to be Annie Liebowitz. The photographic portrait...
Clifton Pugh
 

Clifton Pugh

Before this morning, I didn’t know anything about today’s featured artist. I simply liked his self-portrait. I decided I wanted to learn more about him and found an excellent new resource, which I highly recommend. It’s the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Honestly, if you’re into portraiture, it is...
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...
Classic Romanticism
 

Classic Romanticism

I liked this painting and wanted to know more, but alas, I could find little depth to the online listings. Before I share the snippets I found, I invite you to take a moment to inspect the image. I love the gorgeous overstuffed pillows which caress the woman’s creamy pearl-white...