The Gift, 1788, oil on canvas by Marguerite Gérard, French, 1761-1837. The Hermitage. St. Petersburg, Russia.
A protégé of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who was also her brother-in-law, Marguerite began her career in Paris in 1775 while living in the Louvre. In 1785, she was recognized as the first French woman to be a gifted genre artist.
Lady Reading in an Interior, oil on canvas by Marguerite Gérard, French, 1795-1837. Private Collection.
After the death of her mother in 1775, Gérard went to Paris to live with her sister and became the protégé of her brother-in-law, Jean-Honoré Fragonard. They lived for nearly 30 years in the Louvre.
By 1785, she was the first French woman to be recognized as a gifted genre painter. Gérard specialized in oil, portraits, miniatures and etchings. Her interiors with rich detail proved to be extremely popular.
Gorge, 1876, oil on copper by Gustave Doré, French illustrator and painter, 1832-1883. Private Collection.
Doré prolifically completed woodcuts, engravings, sculptures and illustrations for some of the most famous literary men such as Cervantes, Hugo, Milton and Balzac. His darkest work is found in Dante’s Divine Comedy and in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Henry Charles Brewer (British, 1866-1950), Westminster Abbey at Twilight, 1909. Pencil and watercolour with touches of bodycolour, on paper, 19 x 13¼ in.
(Note: Brewer was a son of artist Henry William Brewer, lived in London and painted scenes around the city. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors. This painting sold at auction at Christie’s London in May 2011. — athousandwinds)
Welcome Insurgent, 1865, oil on board by Arthur Grottger, Polish, 1837-1867. National Museum, Krakow, Poland.
Grottger used his art to fight for independence of his homeland, and was a leading representative of Romanticism in Polish painting. Working for magazines and newspapers, Grottger was known for illustrations in black and white, oils, watercolors and woodcuts.
The Empty Glass, oil on panel, 1652, by Pieter de Hooch, Dutch Golden Age artist, 1629-1684. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (formerly Museum Boymans) Rotterdam, Netherlands.
De Hooch, a contemporary of Jan Vermeer, created 84 paintings. His skill was in light, color and perspective and many told morality tales. This painting is also known as Tavern Scene with Maid Trying to Fill the Glass of a Cavalier.
What is exceptionally good are the colors and the drapery of the clothing. It is suspected our cavalier won’t be playing cards much longer.
I watched this 4 minute video about how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone park literally changed everything about the park and just sat there for another two minutes, mouth open and teary eyed and amazed. Definitely worth a watch.