How to See the Realism of Alice Neel

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Artist Alice Neel

Alice Neel was painting in New York in the late 1920s.  The magic in her work was her incredible ability to capture the spirit of her subjects so expressively and completely. You can not look at Neel’s paintings as simply a portrait.  They are much more and require the viewer to truly see the person through the artist’s eyes.  She … Read More

John George Brown: Painting Utopian Escapism During the American Civil War

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Artist John George Brown

The world utopia comes from the combination of two Greek words – ou (not) and topos (place). This renders the word to literally mean not a real place or nowhere. John George Brown’s paintings depicted such a place. Paintings of street children of New York City depicted as nothing more than scruffy carefree rascals were Brown’s specialty. He was hailed … Read More

A Closer Look at Jean Pierre Cassigneul

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Jean Pierre Cassigneul

Cassigneul has been painting his extraordinary work since the 1950’s.  His first show was in 1952 in Paris, when he was just 17 years old. He is known for creating works of women in floral hats that often reflect the fashion or the trends of the time. Jean Pierre Cassigneul’s color pallet is bright and vivid. When you take a … Read More

Painting America’s Past: Gerald Harvey Jones

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Gerald Harvey Jones

Though Gerald Harvey’s (b. 1933) painting career took off in the 1960s, his iconic oil paintings evoke an earlier era: a time when horse-drawn carriages traversed the cobblestone streets of American cities during the turn of the century, while streetcars began competing as a viable means of transportation. Harvey is known for his use of light – light which is … Read More