Painting fragments that stand alone as interesting compositions

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On a recent visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I enjoyed walking around the European Paintings Galleries, revisiting familiar masterpieces and taking in lesser-known works at the same time. There’s so much going on in a lot of these paintings, I found myself focusing on singular details and appreciating them as interesting compositions in […]

Fashion and art similarities 400 years apart

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I really enjoyed a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Saturday, and as I’m looking through the pictures I took of favorite art works, I’m finding some interesting comparisons between wildly different objects, such as the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger next to a baseball card, as I noted in my last […]

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait’s approach might not work for me

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There’s a wooded area on the edge of our backyard, and we have semi-regular sightings of deer coming around to graze in the area. This buck, below left, came by recently, and it brought to mind the Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait painting at the Brooklyn Museum, which has the funny title “The Reprimand. Ah! You Naughty […]

Jerry Lewis, Picasso, and Big Eyes Keane

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It wasn’t long ago that I saw the movie “Big Eyes,” about the life and marriage of Margaret and Walter Keane, with Margaret being the real artist behind the big-eyed children, and Walter being the fraud who took credit as being the artist himself. It was a good movie – quite interesting – and I […]

Late afternoon light on architecture like a Hopper painting

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There was something about this rooftop structure and the way the late afternoon light was hitting it that brought to mind Edward Hopper’s painting “Lighthouse Hill,” from 1927 (see inset). Both structures – the rooftop apartment in NYC and the house in Hopper’s painting – are getting late afternoon light from the southwest, with dark […]