The Ideals of Rustic Life from Daniel Ridgway Knight

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Daniel Ridgway Knight

The term genre painting was originally meant to demean those who focused the subject of their art on one particular setting, object, or idea. It was used to dismiss these types of painters in eighteenth century France by critics that felt that art should only express grand ideals. Today, genre painting means scenes of everyday life, ordinary people going about … Read More

Taos Painter Joseph Henry Sharp

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Artist Joseph Henry Sharp

American artist Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) spent his boyhood enacting scenes from James Fenimore Cooper’s epic saga about the early American frontier, The Leatherstocking Tales. Floating down the Ohio River on rafts, exploring caves supposedly haunted by Indian spirits, pretending to explore the vast territories of the great West – all of these were a part of the adventures Joseph … Read More