Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chasing The Sublime

Artists, poets and musicians chased the feeling of the sublime from the 18th century deep into the 19th century.  Edmund Burke  spelled it out.  It was the evocation of the awesome wonder of nature.  From Goethe to Turner artists and … Continue reading

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Low Darks and High Lights

We are accustomed to seeing natural light fall from above. We experience shadow as a phenomena that generally resides in areas beneath the light. This is our automatic expectation for the location of light and shadow.  Often artists rely on … Continue reading

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Sargent Explores Venice

As soon as Whistler departs Venice in 1880 a young John Singer Sargent arrives. He’s in his mid-twenties. His life has been one of continuous travel. His  mother pushed his artistic development  since earliest childhood so, quick sketches on location … Continue reading

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