Daniel Ridgway Knight: Celebration of the French Countryside

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Daniel Ridgway Knight

Daniel Ridgway Knight’s works are best characterized for their openness. Each scene features bright, open sky and a sense that the landscape does not end at the edge of the canvas. The pieces are vibrant and stunningly beautiful. It is a celebration of the outdoors and idealizes the lives of his favorite subject, French peasants. French peasant women were among … Read More

Theo Van Rysselberghe: An artist of Influence

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Coastal Scene is a dazzling display of light. The beauty of this work lies in the minimalism. The only colors are white and blue, but the brushwork gives the water the illusion of movement. It is easy to envision the shimmering shore on a calm summer day. This seemingly effortless technique is characteristic of the works of Theo Van Rysselberghe. … Read More

Collecting Jean Baptiste Corot

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When collecting works by Jean Baptiste Corot, there are certain characteristics that he is known for and therefore prized by art collectors.  Here we will discuss those elements of a great Corot painting and other things that make him such an important artist that is widely collected today. Soft, wistful landscapes were Corot’s specialty. The paintings show untouched natural beauty, … Read More

Sanford Robinson Gifford – American Lummism Master

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Sanford Robinson Gifford’s art is dramatic and iridescent. Considered by some to be the father of American Lummism, Gifford’s sense of light creates unique and meaningful scenes. His landscapes conveyed deep emotion and went beyond merely capturing an image. Gifford grew up in Hudson, New York. Since he knew the area well, he naturally gravitated towards the Hudson RiverSchool – … Read More

Willard Leroy Metcalf: An American Impressionist

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Known as “Metty” to friends, Willard Leroy Metcalf was the master painter of New England landscapes. He understood the vibrant American landscape and had a great instinct for capturing it. Peers praised his work for its directness and sincerity. Thanks to a prosperous career as an illustrator, Metcalf was able to travel to France and became the first American artist … Read More

The Spontaneous Style of George Rouault

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Artist George Rouault

George Rouault’s works overall can be identified by their thoughtfulness and almost private nature. Religious, but never preaching or judgmental, Rouault presents cycles of hardship and salvation. For artists, it is a great source of agony to properly express large ideas.  It can lead to overworked, convoluted art.  To convey an idea concisely was a strength of George Rouault.  Each … Read More