Five American newspapers reported the circumstances surrounding the passing of H. Victor Riedenharty in New York City on September 11, 1908. Though brief, the September 12th editions of the New York Times, the New-York Tribune, […]
Many contemporary students of art find interest in Surrealism. It is one of the few art movements with the ability to alter the viewer’s perception by simultaneously disturbing and settling the waters of reality, distilling […]
One-hundred years before American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt created timeless images of mothers and children, there was Christina Chalon, a woman of rare artistic focus and incredible skill. Two of Chalon’s untitled genre works, on […]
Insightful Eye, Lucid Hand, Brilliant Mind: The Art of Honore’ Daumier
Art can be a dangerous profession. Some such thought such might have occurred to the 24 year old artist Honore’ Daumier (1808-1879) as he entered the gates of Ste Pe’lagie Prison in August of 1832. […]
What Is Art?
Enter “What is art?” into any search engine and a multitude of similarly worded statements will appear. Ask a group of ninth graders the same question, as I do several time each year, and the […]
Lillian Lamden knew the power of sculpture. She was intimate with form in space. Materially, Lil was equally comfortable in wood, metal, wire, or wax, and knew, in each, the power of line to define […]
Genuine insight sometimes bites into our awareness like an Old Testament vision in the desert. I favor this simile due to a personal experience etched, with the help of a set of Kodachrome slides, vividly […]
Deep within the Culver Art Collection, past the many portraits and landscapes, among a group of boxes of cultural artifacts, are several pairs of footwear. They are not by any haute culture designer, nor do […]
Outsider, Folk or Naïve Art: What are we talking about?
Last month, a rural auction in Syracuse, Indiana, disbursed a private collection of thirty-nine paintings by Old Order Mennonite artist Emma Schrock. Schrock, known as the “Grandma Moses of Northern Indiana,” painted actively from 1964 […]
What Is, Need Not Be
The Atlantic Souvenir, a petite, early 19th century gift book, published in Philadelphia between 1825 and 1832, contains poems, stories and engravings of paintings for the enjoyment of its readers. Engraving, lithography, and etching were […]