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Eustache Le Sueur (1617-1655)
“Portrait of a Young Man” (1640)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Monet on the Run - 25. As if nothing was happening
Three weeks after Monet’s wedding, while he and Camille were still on their honeymoon in Trouville, France declared war on Prussia.
Monet was still painting the sunny summer beach, where people were strolling along the boardwalk, as if nothing worth worrying about had happened.

But Monet became more and more worried about the consequences of the war for him personnally. More than anything else, he was afraid that he might be drafted into military service. 

Claude Monet, La plage à Trouville (The Beach at Trouville), 1870. Oil on canvas, 53 x 65 cm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, US-CT

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“Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and its Legacy” from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has now gone online at Google Arts and Culture. Some fabulous 1830s fashion in there, and a nice, succinct overview of the Romantic era. 


At the RA (3)
The exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse’ moved from Cleveland to London. Some highlights recently seen in London at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Claude Monet, Le jardin de l'artiste à Argenteuil (The Artist’s garden in Argenteuil), 1873. Oil on canvas, 61 x 82,5 cm. National Gallery of Art Washington DC
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Monet peignant dans son jardin à Argenteuil Claude Monet Painting his Garden at Argenteuil 46,7 x 59,7 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
“Vase with Red Poppies” (1886)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Flowers were the subject of many of van Gogh’s paintings in Paris, and one of his many interests due in great part to his regard for flowers. He even advised sister, Wil, to cultivate her own garden, to help her find joy and meaning in life.

Dancers with Fans (c.1899). Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Pastel on paper. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

In 1899 Degas produced a series of compositions devoted to Russian dancers in which he fused color, line, and interlocking forms to create tapestry-like pictures. Degas called them his “orgies of color." 

Alexandre Benois, Russian, 1870–1960, Design for the front cloth from Petrushka (Copenhagen revival), 1925, pen, ink, and tempera on paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT


A popular spot - 4 views of the Greco-Roman Theatre at Taormina, Sicily, with Mt. Etna in the background, arranged chronologically from top.

(1)Thomas Cole (USA, 1841-1848)
Mt. Aetna from Taormina, Sicily, 1843
oil on canvas
48 x 32 ½ in.
Collection: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

(2)Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (Austria, 1793-1865)
The ruin of the Greek theater in Taormina, Sicily/
Die Ruine des griechischen Theaters zu Taormina auf Sizilien, 1844
oil on canvas
38.1 x 60.5 cm
Gallery: Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, Austria

(3)Otto Geleng (German, 1843 - 1939)
The Amphitheater at Taormina, Sicily, 1872
Oil on canvas
22 ¾ x 38 ½ inches (57.79 x 97.79 centimeters)
Private Collection

(4)William Stanley Haseltine (USA, 1835-1900)
Ruins of the Roman Theatre at Taormina, Sicily, 1889
oil on canvas
32 5/8" x 56 ½"
Collection: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Manon Lescaut. Adolphe-William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905). Oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Manon Lescaut (L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut) is a short novel by French author Abbé Prévost. Published in 1731, it is the seventh and final volume of Mémoires et aventures d'un homme de qualité (Memoirs and Adventures of a Man of Quality). It was controversial in its time and was banned in France upon publication. Despite this, it became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed.

Draped Warrior, 510-500 BC, Bronze, 5 15/16 inches. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.  

This is one of my favorite statues from antiquity. The long hair indicates that this warrior is a Spartan, and the transverse crest suggests he is an officer. Although the statue is very small, the figure has a lot of attitude.

Greeting, 1922 by Paul Klee (detail): ‘charmingly titled, as if to point out (as arrows do) that a piquant encounter is taking place’. Photograph: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art