Eaton’s Neck, Long Island
John Frederick Kensett (American; 1816–1872)
Oil on canvas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - A Gypsy by Irina

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes.

Remember Emile Claus
Emile Claus was the leader of the Luminist movement in his native country, Belgium. Luminism can be seen as the synthesis between French impressionism and neo-impressionism on the one hand, and the realist tradition of the Belgian art on the other.
Emile Claus died on 14 June 1924, 75 years old.

Emile Claus, Meisjes in het veld (Girls in the Field), 1892. Pastel on paper, 71 x 53 cm. Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium

Gustave De Smet,  l'artiste et sa femme [the artist and his wife], 1927

gouache sur carton, Musée des beaux arts de Gand, BELGIQUE

Gustave De Smet (1877–1943) was a Belgian expressionist painter.  Having first adopted the “luminist” style of Emile Claus, he came under the influence of expressionism and cubism during World War I.

His brother Léon de Smet (1881–1961) was also a notable painter.


Abstracted Landscapes by Nicholas Down

‘These ‘Abstracted Landscape’ paintings represent an accumulation of years of observation and study of the way light transitions from one moment to the next. Ranging from overt colour fields to more mysterious abstractions, they cover a period in my creative development from 1996 right through until the present, and have been influenced by the works of the American Luminists, Mark Rothko, and the later Abstract expressionists such as Martyn Brewster.’ - Nicholas Down

“One of the devices I’ve been reading about recently is the Claude glass, typically a convex black mirror, which was popular in the 19th century among tourists and painters. Tourists used it to enhance their experience of viewing the landscape, the idea being that it made the world look more like a Claude Lorrain painting.  Artists used it because it reduced objects onto a flat plane that was easier to translate into painting, much like reference photographs do. The Claude glass also has a clear relationship to Instagram. I often see people tagging photos, particularly landscape photos reminiscent of picturesque or luminist painting, #nofilter, although the camera, or painting, will always be a mediating, reductive, and filtering device.”
“Mirror Stage: An Interview with Conor Backman” by Stephanie Cristello at New American Paintings.

Many nice connections/references raised in this conversation.