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Abstract Art   

Abstract Art
 

Classic Nudes

Classic Nudes

Animals in Art   

Animals in Art
 

Claude Monet  From the Garden

Claude Monet
From the Garden

Ansel Adams  America The Beautiful

Ansel Adams
America The Beautiful

Claude Monet  Paintings En Plein Air

Claude Monet
Paintings En Plein Air

Art of Storytelling   

Art of Storytelling
 

Claude Monet  Paintings from his Water Garden

Claude Monet
Paintings from his Water Garden

Dutch Masters  Paintings from the Northern Renaissance

Dutch Masters
Paintings from the Northern Renaissance

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe

Gustav Klimt  La Belle Epoch

Gustav Klimt
La Belle Epoch

Gustav Klimt  Mood Landscapes

Gustav Klimt
Mood Landscapes

Henri Matisse  A Place of Sanctuary

Henri Matisse
A Place of Sanctuary

Impressionism   

Impressionism
 

Post Impressionism   

Post Impressionism
 

Interiors  Intimate Spaces

Interiors
Intimate Spaces

Interiors  Living Spaces

Interiors
Living Spaces

Interiors  Public Spaces

Interiors
Public Spaces

Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance

Landscape of the Imagination

Landscape of the Imagination

Landscapes  A U.S. Tour

Landscapes
A U.S. Tour

Landscapes  World Tour

Landscapes
World Tour

MC Escher  Art of Illusion

MC Escher
Art of Illusion

Norman Rockwell  Saturday Evening Post

Norman Rockwell
Saturday Evening Post

Norman Rockwell  The War Effort

Norman Rockwell
The War Effort

Odilion Redon  Dreaming in Flowers

Odilion Redon
Dreaming in Flowers

Pablo Picasso  Leonardo Da Vinci of the 20th Century

Pablo Picasso
Leonardo Da Vinci of the 20th Century

Pierre-Auguste Renoir  

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
 

Portraits  Great Stories

Portraits
Great Stories

Ten Second Images  Universal Communications

Ten Second Images
Universal Communications

Rembrandt  Dutch Golden Age

Rembrandt
Dutch Golden Age

Vincent Van Gogh  Landscapes

Vincent Van Gogh
Landscapes

Rembrandt & Vermeer   

Rembrandt & Vermeer
 

Still Life  The Bouquet

Still Life
The Bouquet

Gallery subject descriptions

 

Abstract Art

Non-Representational Communication

Abstract art does not attempt to represent an accurate image of reality but instead uses a visual language of shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve an emotional or intellectual effect.

The term abstract can be applied to any art that is a departure from reality in imagery, whether slight, partial, or complete. Even art that achieves a high degree of reality can be said to be abstract, since a perfect representation is likely to be extremely elusive, created as a 2-dimensional illusion with necessary visual distortions. 

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Animals in Art

Humans are the only animals that communicate with art. But we Humans love animals, and we especially love art about animals.  

Whether they be wild or domesticated, our partners in sport, or household family members, we have a special relationship with the animal kingdom and depend upon them for the quality of our own existence. It is with other animals that we are sometimes more connected to, the ones with which we share our daily lives. 

Join us for a journey around the world and throughout history to appreciate how connected we are with animals and how daily they improve the quality of our own lives. 

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Ansel Adams

America The Beautiful

Ansel Adams was an American photographer best known for his iconic images of the American West, including Yosemite National Park.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
—Ansel Adams

Adams’ images were used as evidence in Congressional hearings that were being held in Washington DC, debating whether to fund more than the one National Park, Yellowstone. It was a successful campaign and Adam’s images were almost single handedly responsible for the extension of our national park system. The beauty of his images moved government officials to pass legislation to protect it for future generations of Americans to enjoy.

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Art of Storytelling

Visual Images are a form of Communication that is unique to Humans Beings. We are the only living creatures who make art. Art teaches. Art communicates. Art has humor, adventure and passion. Art matters! Art transcends different languages, different cultures, vast distances and great amounts of time. It keeps us connected to one another. And, art tells stories. From gossip to great literature, the stories visual images are capable of telling affect us on many levels; emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Through the centuries, art continues to entertain, teach, stimulate and inspire.

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Classic Nudes

Visual images are a form of communication that is unique to Humans Beings. Through the centuries, art has continued to entertain, teach, stimulate and inspire us. Identification with one another is paramount to that communication. The Human figure has been pivotal in that identification and what we all have in common is our anatomy. Clothes are important to date eras, recognize wealth, label class and tell certain stories. 

The nude figure transcends fashion, time and societal bias to offer personal recognition on a more universal level, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Claude Monet

From the Garden

Monet, arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. The emergence of the modern garden in its many forms and glories as we take you through a period of great social change and innovation in the arts. The garden gave them the freedom to break new ground and explore the ever-changing world around them. 

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Claude Monet

Paintings En Plein Air

The French phrase means "in the open air". 

At the end of the 19th century, painting "en plein aire" was almost unheard of. The art world was dominated by salons and academies that taught traditionally approved painting methods, materials and subject matter. 

Looking for a portable way to keep his paint from drying out, a little-known American portrait painter, John G. Rand invented putting paint into little tin tubes with a screw cap. It was a defining moment. It opened the door for a group of young painters in Paris around 1868 to bring their studios into the open air, and paint entire canvases directly in nature, on-site, whether in a garden, or a café. 

For the first time in history, it was possible to unshackled artists from their grinding palettes. They were able to experience first hand, the wind, the sun, and the mist, while trying to capture the heightened expression of nature. A new category of landscape became possible, the painting en plein aire.

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Claude Monet

Paintings from his Water Gardens

Crucial to the art of the Impressionist painters was understanding the effects of light on the color of objects, and the effects of the juxtaposition of color with each other. Monet's long career as a painter was spent in the pursuit of this aim.

A proponent of en plein aire painting, Monet is most famous for his series of paintings depicting water lilies at his pond at Giverny (1910-20). He painted at the same site repeatedly, recording how the appearance changed as the light shifted. His mural-sized paintings, concentrating on color, light, movement and reflection, feature water lilies and water emerging from almost-abstract compositions of broad strokes of bright color and intricately built-up textures.  

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Dutch Masters

Northern Renaissance in Holland and Flanders

The Northern Renaissance produced some of the greatest artists and the boldest innovations in art, not the least of which was the invention of oil painting itself. The wealthy culture created entrepreneurship, commerce, and an active exchange of goods from around the world. The benevolent politics encouraged the exchange of ideas. It was an era of enlightenment celebrating trade and commerce, education, religious free thought, writing, invention, innovation and art. It was a golden age.

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Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the 20th century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. She was famous for her large-scale flower paintings, as well as her images of the towering skyscrapers of New York City and the landscape of New Mexico. 

In a career spanning more than 60 years, she produced more than a thousand artworks. Above all, she was a pioneer of abstraction, creating images that were inspired by close observation of her surroundings but were products of her insight and imagination rather than imitative representations of the visual world.

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Gustav Klimt

Viennese Women of La Bell Epoch

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, mosaics, and other objets d'art. 

Klimt's primary subject was the female body. Much of his work was controversial due to an exotic and blatantly erotic imagery in an era of conservative formality. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Although his work was not widely accepted during his lifetime, he was an artist who was far ahead of his time, and one of the most influential artists to come out of Austria in the 20th century.

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Gustav Klimt

Mood Landscapes

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918) was an Austrian painter who became known for the highly decorative and erotic nature of his works. He was a prominent member of the Viennese Art Nouveau movement and a leader of the Vienna Secession, which broke with the traditional academic art of his era.

Klimt spent many summers painting at Lake Altersee. These summer landscapes account for one quarter of all his paintings. The artist chose simple motifs: gardens, meadows with fruit trees, farmhouses surrounded by lush vegetation, and details of the lake and its shoreline. Unlike traditional landscapes, these paintings were designed and organized in the flat picture plane. They capture the details of the shoreline as viewed with a "viewfinder", initially a simple piece of cardboard with a hole cut out of it, and later an ivory plate or an opera glass. This creates pictures that are free of tension, conveying a meditative tranquility in which time seems to be standing still. 

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Henri Matisse

A Place of Sanctuary

Matisse’s world was a place celebrating color, music, dance, enjoyment, and peace. He repeated themes of beautiful women, flowers & fruit, and views out the window into a garden where the sun is always shining and it is always summer. He paints using all of his senses. Observers can smell beautiful aromas, taste refreshing treats, and hear music or peace and quiet. He transports his audiences into tranquil scenes where nothing matters accept inner peace, creativity, and beauty.

 “What I dream of is an art in balance, of purity and serenity; devoid of troubling or dperessing subject matter, an art which would be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters … like a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”

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Impressionism

Like a drop of water dropped in a still pond, Impressionism formed a ring. As this new style grew, it influenced everything it touched. This first group of courageous painters to break with convention, and the Academy were: Manet, Degas, Cassatt, Morisot, Renoir, Monet and Pissarro. 

The Impressionists were a group of artists, who exhibited together in France from 1874-1890. Although each of them was very different, they were united in their rebellion from the conservative Grand Salon; the all-powerful elite jury who choose only very academic paintings, restricting and repressing any new expressions. Their work was not considered academic. They were less concerned about hiding the hand of the artist and allowed their brush strokes more expression. 

They introduced the idea of actually painting outdoors. They attempted to paint more relevant subjects by capturing spontaneous moments in real time. They strove to inject an emotional content, exploring psychological relationships. They experimented with the play and movement of color, capturing the essence of light.

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Post Impressionism

The Post Impressionist painters were the first artists to be influenced by the new and radical Impressionists. They included Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Seurat, Henri Rousseau, Toulouse Lautrec, and Paul Cezanne. 

These artists took a small step away from the tenets of the original Impressionists, who advocated direct observation of nature. Each of these younger artists, in turn, inspired and influenced the creation of whole new movements of art. By the beginning of the 20th century, there was a rainstorm of creativity in Paris.

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Interiors

Intimate Spaces

Images bring us places. They bring us to many places which we would not normally have access to. They give us access to special, private moments in special private settings. Artists love to share the intimate moments of lives that we can all relate to and appreciate. From the bedroom to the bath, we are all vulnerable in our private moments in our intimate spaces.

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Interiors

Living Spaces

 

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Interiors

Public Spaces

People are social beings. The interior public space is a place, out of the weather, that is accessible to all kinds of people. It is used for social interactions of all kinds; entertaining, romantic, as well as just the daily business of living. They offer us a place to get away to, a place to belong, and a place to find connection, fun, music, and laughter.  

We commonly frequent restaurants, taverns, churches, theatres, schools, trains & buses, commercial markets and stores. They are places to interact, learn, play, and pray.

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Italian renaissance

The Renaissance, Italian for “rebirth”, was a cultural movement in Europe, during the 14th to the 17th centuries, considered the bridge between the “Dark” Ages and the Medieval Period into modern history. The Renaissance’s intellectual basis was humanism, derived from the rediscovery of classical Greek philosophy, such as that of Protagoras, who said, that “Man is the measure of all things." This new thinking became manifest in art, architecture, music, religion, politics, science, literature and other aspects of intellectual inquiry. Renaissance scholars employed the humanist method in study, and searched for realism and human emotion in art.

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Landscape of the Imagination

It is not enough for artists just to be able to reproduce nature; they must sometimes be called upon to interpret,reinvent, and expand on the natural world.

Our imaginations can bring us to fantastic places. Some artists are able to make visual places that many people can only imagine, and indeed, places many people cannot even imagine. 

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Landscape

An American Tour

Images can transport our imaginations to many places. The hand and eye of the artist can bring us all around the world without actually having to leave the room. 

By looking at landscapes, we are able to experience foreign cultures, alien climates, natural wonders, difficult terrains, dramatic weather conditions, romantic and exotic locals and even places that offer us exciting possibilities or tranquility and peace. Landscapes offer us a way to escape the “here and now”, and make the “over there” real. 

Art can make the world a smaller place.

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Landscape

A World Tour

Images can transport our imaginations to many places. The hand and eye of the artist can bring us all around the world without actually having to leave the room. 

By looking at landscapes, we are able to experience foreign cultures, alien climates, natural wonders, difficult terrains, dramatic weather conditions, romantic and exotic locals and even places that offer us exciting possibilities or tranquility and peace. Landscapes offer us a way to escape the “here and now”, and make the “over there” real. 

Art can make the world a smaller place.

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MC Escher

Art of Illusion

Maurits Cornelius Escher was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts,lithographs, and mezzotints. His work explores unexplored perspectives and features impossible constructions. He experiments with reflections, transformations, tessellations, negative vs positive spaces, illusions of the infinite, and impossible worlds.

“In high school, I was a particularly poor student in math. Imagine, now mathematicians treat me as their long lost brother. Most of the time I don’t even know what they are talking about.”

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Norman Rockwell

Saturday Evening Post

Norman Rockwell, The Saturday Evening Post’s most famous illustrator, is considered by many to be one of America’s greatest artists. He was a master visual storyteller, and his works captured the triumphs and foibles of the common man. Rockwell tapped into the nostalgia of a people for a time that was kinder and simpler. 

“I paint life as I would like it to be,”
         – Norman Rockwell

Rockwell was  prolific, producing over 4,000 original works in his lifetime including 323 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. 

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Norman Rockwell

Fighting the War on the Home Front

Rockwell was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States, where Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades.

“Rockwell painted the American dream - better than anyone.”
– Steven Spielberg

He is called an "illustrator" instead of a fine artist by some critics, a designation he did not mind, as it was what he called himself.

“The only difference between a fine artist and an illustrator is that the latter can draw, eats three square meals a day, and can afford to pay for them.” 
– James Montgomery Flagg

Today, Rockwell himself is recognized as an icon with such timeless phrases as:

 “It is as American as apple pie, baseball and Norman Rockwell.”

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Odilon Redon

Dreaming in Flowers

Odilon Redon (1840 – 1916) was a French painter who broke free from all artistic movements with his black and white imagery of amoeba-like creatures, and insects and plants with human heads. Redon’s creations were conjured in his dreams, and he compared them to music, with its ability to take the audience to unknown realms. His dark visions were also connected to writings by Poe, Baudelaire and Mallarmé. After 20 years, Redon surprisingly began painting radiant images of flowers and mythological subjects. Producing 200 prints in his lifetime, Redon blazed a trail for Surrealism and Dada.

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Pablo Picasso

Leonardo Da Vinci of the 20th Century

Picasso was not like a single artist, but many different artists, reinventing his expression as he evolved. As a prodigy at 13, he mastered realism and old world techniques. Then throughout his career, he kept changing his style, sometimes completely, and sometimes overnight, every time inventing new imagery and motivating dozens of artists to explore new directions and expressions. Then he would get bored, and invent something else. He is at the heart of most of the movements of the 20th century from the very realistic to the very abstract. Look over many styles of this single man. You can not like it all, he did over 50,000 works of art. But, there is bound to be one era, one style, even a single painting that will make you say; I didn’t know he did that, I love that.

Swear by him or swear at him, he was the most influential painter of the 20th century and the most influential painter since Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

One of the most popular of the Impressionist painters, Renoir was the romantic of the group. His paintings celebrate life and love.  “I wish to lend joyousness to a wall!”  Someone has said that Renoir created a new mythology out of our poor humanity and endowed it with a sense of happiness. “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” His reliably happy images, filled with music, dancing, and dappled sunlight did not mirror his life. He was socially nervous, and later severely handicapped with arthritis.

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Portraits

Great Stories

A portrait is much more than a record of what someone looks like. A portrait can document the history of a whole family, or a single individual’s journey. It can relate the flavor of an era of time, a whole culture, or a single event. It can reveal the emotional experience of youth or old age. Portraits tell stories and sometimes erve as commentaries or scathing criticisms of social values or politics.

“We know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes you realize the truth.”

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Rembrandt

The Dutch Golden Age

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was known for his high drama and his great financial failures. His career was the fastest rise to the top of any other Dutch artist. By the time he was 28, he had a long line of clients waiting to have their portraits painted, a thriving atelier with paying students, a grand house on the canal, and a beautiful wife, Saskia, who he was very much in love with. His career suffered an equally swift fall from grace. Mid career, he lost everything: his clients, his students, his reputation, his wife and his home. He spent the rest of his life avoiding creditors and painting beautiful, if unsold paintings.

Despite his international reputation, one of the greatest painters in Europe died at age 63, one year after the death of his only child, ignored, bankrupt, alone, impoverished, and was buried in a rented coffin. 

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Rembrandt & Vermeer

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer were two of the greatest painters the world has known. They were opposite in artistic style, but both were noted for their life struggles and financial failures. Rembrandt was in love with drama; stories, action, sound and fury. His paintings were about marching soldiers, storms, biblical adventures and dramatic portraits. Vermeer’s paintings are all about a special brand of “quiet”, a calm, peaceful, and focused energy. After just a few minutes with his sumptuous images, one can not help but get swept up in his silences.

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Still Life

The Bouquet

The Still Life offers us a long tradition of celebrating beautiful objects, textures, aromas, tastes, and creative composition. One of the most cherished subjects is uplifting, colorful, fragrant and joyful. It is simply the bouquet of flowers.

"Painting is done to decorate walls. So it should be as rich as possible. For me a picture . . . should be something likeable, joyous, and pretty—yes, pretty." —Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Ten Second Images

Universal Communications

There are many images that communicate a universal message almost instantly. As you confront each image in this Gallery, ask yourself what is the first feeling you experience.

Human Beings are the only animals on the planet that make art. We have depended on images to communicate with one another since we were drawing animals on cave walls. 

We are born being able to observe marks on a flat surface and organize those marks to see images in three-dimensions; landscapes, people, places, stories and information. Even non-verbal communication of similar and shared emotions connects us to other people and other cultures. 

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Vincent Van Gogh

Landscapes

Van Gogh began to paint when he was 27 years old. He never took a formal lesson. He met the Impressionists in Paris and with their influence, and his own trial and error, he spent about 5 years learning his craft. Not very much of his work survives from those early years. Almost all of what he created was produced in the next five years. He died at 37 years old. Think of the impact that those five years of work has made on the world. On his deathbed, he said to his brother, Theo, "Who could believe that life could be so sad?"

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