Thursday, November 29, 2018

Delacroix - Influence of Impressionists

I attended the new Delacroix exhibit in NYC at the Metropolitan last week.  It was spectacular, to say the least.  I understand why he was such a huge influence and inspiration for the Impressionists.

French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) was one of the greatest creative figures of the nineteenth century. Coming of age after the fall of Napoleon, he reconnected the present to the past on his own terms. Delacroix produced an extraordinarily vibrant body of work, setting into motion a cascade of innovations that changed the course of art. This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to this amazing artist ever held in North America. [more...]

Monday, November 26, 2018

Rare van Gogh European Paintings

I'm always thrilled to see the paintings of the most famous artist in the world, but this was a rare event at the Met.  On my way to the Delacroix exhibit, I saw the 16 reunited paintings of Vincent van Gogh.

The Met’s Van Gogh Paintings are Usually Off Touring the World. Now, All 16 Have Been Reunited in New York At Last

The Met offers a rare chance to see all the Van Gogh canvases in its European paintings collection. In a blog post, Alison Hokanson, the department’s assistant curator, called this a “not-to-be-missed occasion.” [more...]

Hilma af Klint Familiar to Me

I was lucky to see the big Hilma af Klint show at the Guggenheim in NYC this past week. I'd written about some of the themes in her work long before I'd ever heard of her - in my book, "The Mystic Artist." af Klint rarely exhibited her paintings and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986, and only over the subsequent three decades have her paintings and works on paper begun to receive serious attention.

“I can’t help but agree with all the praise being heaped on the Guggenheim’s big #HilmaafKlint show," writes Ben Davis in his review in ArtNETNews. "It’s great, great, beyond great.” Read on to learn why.