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books0977:

Portrait of Madame Paul Duchesne-Fournet (1879). Jean-Jacques Henner (French, 1829-1905). Oil on canvas. LACMA.
As in this portrait, Henner typically set the sitter against a plain background so as to enhance the subject’s fine features. In this portrait, Madame Duchesne-Fournet’s black outfit is thinly painted in a manner prefiguring Whistler, but the austere atmosphere of the composition also recalls the full-size portraits of van Dyck and Goya.

books0977:

Portrait of Madame Paul Duchesne-Fournet (1879). Jean-Jacques Henner (French, 1829-1905). Oil on canvas. LACMA.

As in this portrait, Henner typically set the sitter against a plain background so as to enhance the subject’s fine features. In this portrait, Madame Duchesne-Fournet’s black outfit is thinly painted in a manner prefiguring Whistler, but the austere atmosphere of the composition also recalls the full-size portraits of van Dyck and Goya.

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Music (c.1895). Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938). Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.
This work is an example of Dewing’s tonalist paintings, a genre of American art that was rooted in English Aestheticism. Dewing’s preferred vehicle of artistic expression is the refined, aristocratic female figure situated in a moody and dreamlike surrounding. Playing the lute and singing, these sensitively portrayed figures have a detachment from the viewer.

books0977:

Music (c.1895). Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938). Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

This work is an example of Dewing’s tonalist paintings, a genre of American art that was rooted in English Aestheticism. Dewing’s preferred vehicle of artistic expression is the refined, aristocratic female figure situated in a moody and dreamlike surrounding. Playing the lute and singing, these sensitively portrayed figures have a detachment from the viewer.

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abigaillarson:

Celia Bowen from Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”

abigaillarson:

Celia Bowen from Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”

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asylum-art:

New Backlit Paper Sculptures by Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker

At Black Book Gallery

“Where I Belong” is a paper cut light box installation work of hand cut watercolor on paper assembled in a shadow box that is backlit with LED lights. The work is a collaboration by Hari & Deepti

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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.


It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.


- William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

— 1 week ago
#poetry  #william ernest henley 
books0977:

Muse and Medium (2009). Bryan Larsen (American, 1975-). Oil on linen.
"It was a great deal more difficult than I had imagined to change skin into clay, (let alone curly, brunette hair into clay) and I ended up repainting several areas multiple times in an attempt to get the thing to read as a sculpture of a girl instead of a girl wearing gray-green body paint."  

books0977:

Muse and Medium (2009). Bryan Larsen (American, 1975-). Oil on linen.

"It was a great deal more difficult than I had imagined to change skin into clay, (let alone curly, brunette hair into clay) and I ended up repainting several areas multiple times in an attempt to get the thing to read as a sculpture of a girl instead of a girl wearing gray-green body paint."  

— 3 weeks ago with 141 notes
Depiction of Diana on the fireplace in the Camera do San Pablo in Parma by Correggio (1518-1519)

Depiction of Diana on the fireplace in the Camera do San Pablo in Parma by Correggio (1518-1519)

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#diana  #rennaisance  #fresco  #correggio 
Neuschwanstein front façade and surroundings (photochrom print, c. 1900)

Neuschwanstein front façade and surroundings (photochrom print, c. 1900)

— 3 weeks ago
#neuschwanstein  #castle  #photography  #landscape 

Man’s suit with coat and vest in embroidered silk. Made in France around 1785. Has been worn by Axel von Fersen the Younger. (Nordiska Museet)

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centuriespast:

Joanna Leigh (b.1758), Mrs Richard Bennett Lloyd, Inscribing a Tree
by Joshua Reynolds
Date painted: 1775–1776
Oil on canvas, 236 x 146 cm
Collection: National Trust

centuriespast:

Joanna Leigh (b.1758), Mrs Richard Bennett Lloyd, Inscribing a Tree

by Joshua Reynolds

Date painted: 1775–1776

Oil on canvas, 236 x 146 cm

Collection: National Trust

— 3 weeks ago with 221 notes