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Great Wave Tsunami in Asian Art
Due to the devastation in 2004 by the tsunami in South Asia, and the tsunami in 2011 in Japan, I will focus on a woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai.
Gustav Klimt – His Golden Phase in Art
In the 20th century, artist Gustav Klimt would be inspired by: Italian mosaics, Byzantine art, and Sigmund Freud. I will discuss his paintings of Adele Bloch-Bauer and others.
Halloween : Artist Evoking Horror - Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon was a British painter best known for his Screaming Pope series. Also, comparisons made to Hieronymus Bosch and Pablo Picasso.
Hans Holbein – Court Painter & Costume Designer
Hans Holbein the Younger is best known as court painter to King Henry VIII. His costume design can be seen in an opera of today.
Henri Rousseau - Modern Artist
A ‘painter’s painter’ whose work inspired fellow artists Picasso, Léger, and Kandinsky. I will discuss Rousseau’s style of ‘magical realism’.
Henri Rousseau – Primitive & Naïve Artist
Henri Rousseau contributed to the Primitivism movement of the late 19th century. I'll discuss the similarities and differences in the lives and painting styles of Henri Rousseau and fellow artist Paul Gauguin.
How To View Art
How to view art by discussing master painters from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Hudson River Valley Artists & Idealized Landscapes
Thomas Cole and his pupil Frederick E. Church painted romantic landscapes. Were these idyllic settings a truthful record of nature in the 19th century or did these artists edit their works to satisfy their buyers’ desires?
If Man Had Wings to Fly – Interpretations in Art
There are scientific reasons (along with a dose of common sense) as to why a man cannot just attach a set of wings and fly like a bird. But in mythology, the Bible and in the minds of some artists, angels (and mortals) do have wings and can fly. I’ll discuss why.
In Art, What Makes It a Masterpiece ?
In the history of art, the popularity of any given artist may wane. What are the requirements of a work of art to be deemed a ‘masterpiece’?
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