Tag: art history

Hands in Paintings (at SAM): Willem de Kooning, "Woman," 1943, oil on board, 28 1/4 x 23 1/16 in (71.8 x 58.5 cm), Seattle Art Museum

Hands In Paintings At The Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Last week I was in Seattle for a couple of days and while there I took in the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). An interesting and varied collection, I wanted to share some of what I saw with you. I decided on the theme of hands in paintings. I find hands some of the trickiest subjects

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Jan Van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” – a close look

  I was looking through a book, Art Revolution, by Lisa Cyr. In it, I discovered an artwork by Cynthia von Buhler that incorporated a figure that looked oh so familiar and I finally figured it out. It appears to have been taken from a famous painting by Jan Van Eyck (before c. 1390 –

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Renoir….the movie …. and some late paintings

A few days ago, while my Dad recuperated in hospital, my Mum and I went to the University of Victoria’s Cinema to see the film, Renoir. We knew little about it, only that it was about the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and one of his models. And although neither of us are that fond of

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Van Gogh and the self-portrait – who knew he painted so many?!

  Many of you know that I like doing self-portraits. Drawing or painting yourself is a great way to practice  – faces are tricky and so drawing your own enhances your observation skills; it’s always available (even if it doesn’t feel like it is!); it’s cheap; it offers the opportunity for self-reflection; and all you

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Georgia O’Keeffe in Hawaii…..Really???

  My friend Sandy has just taken off to Maui for three weeks and that got me thinking about my previous blog about Georgia O’Keeffe and my discovery during my research that she had been to Hawaii. Did you know she’d been to Hawaii??   This revelation came as a complete surprise to me. Previously

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