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El Greco - The Agony In The Garden
Realism gives way to the opposite extreme in this fantastic vision of a Spanish mystic. Figures and landscape are distorted, far removed from nature in shape, lighting, color and texture.
Constable - The Haywain
Like Van Eyck's, Constable's art is one of quiet realism and solid, unostentatious craftsmanship. He succeeds in expressing the distinctive aspects of the English countryside, with all their associations of home and tranquillity.
Turner - Ulysses Deriding polyphemus
Most of Turner's early works are superficial imitations of Claude Lorrain. His latest ones (such as Queen Mab's Grotto) are highly specialized, abstract studies of light and color.
The Wallace Collection
The special treasure here is one of REMBRANDT'S greatest pictures, The Centurion Cornelius, or The Unmerciful Servant.
Fragonard - The Swing
The spirit of eighteenth century French court painting, and the taste of the aristocratic society that supported it, are well represented by this bit of pretty decoration.
Seurat - The Bathers
In many works of the impressionist movement, brilliancy and iridescence of coloring were emphasized to such an extent that all strength of design was lost.
William Blake - Satan Smiting Job
The strange art of Blake can be adequately understood only through studying his drawings and water-colors in relation to his poetic dramas.
The British Museum
Sculpture and ethnological exhibits fill most of the British Museum, but some excellent pictures are also tucked away at odd corners in its depths.
Mu Ch'i (Chinese, Sung Period) - Tiger
Chinese painting of the Sung dynasty, when it reached its highest development, is subtle and suggestive; never obvious or elaborate.
Chinese (Ming Dynasty, Unknown Painter) - The Earthly Paradise
In this period Chinese painting began to lose the austere simplicity and force of the Sung Dynasty, and to begin its long descent into loose over-decoration and literal detail.
Hokusai (Japanese) - Rats And Capsicum Pods
To be good art, a picture does not have to be exalted in subject or complex in structure. One of the hardest tests of the painter's art is to take an utterly trivial subject such as this, and in a few strokes produce a form that holds our interest.
Utamaro - A Girl And Her Reflection
This print represents one of the more decorative types of Japanese pictorial art. It is, first of all, an intricate linear arabesque of flowing, interlacing curves and loops.
The Ministers Of Hormuzd Please With Him For His Son
Byzantine, North Indian and Chinese influences combined with native Persian genius to produce a distinctive art of miniature painting, which flourished from the 14th to the 18th century.
Indian (Mughal School, 18th Century) - Scene From A Romance
Among the oriental forms of art which are winning a larger place in western museums are the Mughal and Rajput schools of miniature painting.
The Louvre
In the Louvre, it can best be felt by paying special attention to the rooms of late nineteenth century art, which are in remote parts of the building, and are missed entirely by the stream of ordinary tourists.
Leonardo Da Vinci - Mona Lisa (La Jaconde)
The unequalled fame of this portrait rests almost wholly upon one particular kind of appeal: on the expression of a face, and its power to suggest a mysterious personality behind it.
Giorgione - A Concert In The Open Air (Le Concert Champetre)
Unlike the Mona Lisa, this picture appeals in many different ways: not only through the human associations of its subject-matter, but more directly through its complex, finely organized design.
Titian - The Man With The Glove
The variety of possible aims and values in portraiture is evident if one compares the four or five great examples that are close together in the Grande Galerie.
Mantegna - Calvery
The distinctive element here is the use of long, sharp, flowing lines. Their basic structure is firm: tall verticals against intersecting, receding diagonals.
Nicolas Poussin - Orpheus And Eurydice
Landscape painting received a great impetus in the seventeenth century, through the work of Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Rubens and the Dutch.
Calude Lorrain - Cleopatra Disembarking At Tarsus
Claude's distinctive qualities, mentioned in comparing him with Poussin, are all embodied in this picture. The figures are unusually animated for a Claude, but bear less relation to the contours of the landscape than in the Poussin.
Watteau - The Embarkation For Cythera
Like those of his followers, Lancret, Boucher and Fragonard, Watteau's typical paintings are light, delicate and artificial.
Francois Boucher - Diana Bathing
The majority of Bouchers are mere wall-ornaments, stereotyped variations of a formula for artificial prettiness. They represent a late stage in the thinning-out of Renaissance classicism.
Chardin - Still Life: Various Utensils
A genuine taste for still-life painting is one of the surest signs of a direct appreciation of pictorial form.
Ingres - Odalisque
The French revolution swept away, for a time at least, the gay frivolities of the old regime. It also brought new fashions and new ideals in art.
Delacroix - Algerian Women
Delacroix is known as the painter of Romanticism, and Ingres as that of Classicism. While these terms are too ambiguous to be of much use in criticism, they have certain definite meanings in regard to these two men.
Claude Monet - The Regatta At Argenteuil
The best works of Monet, from a standpoint of strong design, are not always his most original or typical, or the ones by which his greatest influence has been exerted.
Renoir - At The Moulin De La Galette
In this vibrant study of sunlight falling through leaves on a crowd of dancers, the impressionist movement reached one of its highest peaks.
Degas - The Star
While most of the impressionists were melting away all definite outlines in their luminous mists, Degas was carrying on the Goya-Daumier tradition of terse linear illustration.
The Luxembourg Museum
Devoted to recent art, and a testing-ground for doubtful reputations in painting, this museum periodically shifts its contents the accepted few to the Louvre, and the rest to obscurity.
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