Approaching Storm, oil on canvas by Martin Johnson Heade, American, 1819-1904. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Heade was known for his salt marsh landscapes, seascapes and tropical birds. Born in Pennsylvania, he was not widely known during his lifetime, but is more popular now with his paintings in museums and collections. His work still may be found at garage sales and flea markets.
Heade was associated with luminism, especially in his storm paintings like this one of Point Judith at New Port, Rhode Island, USA.
The Raphael Loggias in the New Hermitage, 1780’s, egg tempera on canvas by Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian architect and interior designer, 1744-1817. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Having studied in Rome and Venice, his first buildings in Russia were in the Palladian style. Quarenghi created bridges and academic structures and worked at Tsarskoye Selo, designing the baths, concert hall, church and Alexander Palace among others. His buildings gave St. Petersburg much of its stately character.
La Ferme du Tourp, oil on canvas by Jean-François Millet, French, 1814-1875. Musée Thomas-Henry, Cherbourg-Octeville, France.
Millet was one of the founders of the Barbizon School of painting in rural France and the realism movement in art.
The Kiss, 1908-09, oil and gold leaf on canvas by Gustave Klimt, Austrian symbolist painter, 1862-1918.
This is a perfect example of Viennese Art Nouveau and is considered Klimt’s most popular work, which is marked by eroticism. The painting is in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria.
View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882, oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch post-impressionist, 1853-1890.
Van Gogh painted this en plein aire while at the resort at Statenkwartier, Netherlands, and included grains of sand in the beach area.
The painting was stolen in 2004 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and two suspects were arrested and convicted. The painting was never found, and the museum is still offering over $156,300 for its return in good condition.
Village Street, 1660’s, oil on wood by Thomas Heeremans, Dutch, 1640-1694. Private Collection.
Heeremans was known for his landscapes and panoramas, movement and vibrancy in his art. He was also active as an art dealer.
Sket’s Cottage, Northfield, oil on canvas by Thomas Kendrick, thought to have been born around 1839. Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham, England.
Notice the old windmill!
View of the Bay of Naples, oil on canvas by Jacob More, Scottish, 1740-1793. Private Collection.
More was first apprenticed to a goldsmith and moved on to be a house painter and set designer for the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh. He is considered to be the artist who first took the interpretation of Scottish landscape seriously.
Interior of Oude Kerk, Delft, Holland, oil on canvas by Hendrich van Streeck, Dutch, 1659-1719. Private Collection.
Streeck was of a family of artists and was known as a painter of landscapes and chruch interiors.