– George Stubbs’ drawings of horses were not only drawn for artistic purposes. When he published The Anatomy of the Horse, scientists all over Europe congratulated him. The book was also well received by members of the Jockey Club.
– Fighting Stallions can add a competitive element to any room. Hang it in a place where you need to inspire and motivate people.
Garden at Sainte-Adresse
– The painting reflects Monet’s admiration for Japanese woodblock prints. He referred to it as “the Chinese painting in which there are flags” while Renoir referred to it as “the Japanese painting with little flags”.
– Although the scene projects affluent domesticity, Monet’s relationship with his father at that time was tense due to his family’s disapproval of his relationship with his future wife Camille Doncieux.
Going to Work
– L.S. Lowry is best known for his paintings of matchstick men in industrial landscapes. He was probably the only painter who consistently painted the industrial working class.
– This painting provides an interesting look at the scenery just before the start of the working day.
– Looking at this rural scene one can imagine countryside life. Both the simplicity and the difficulties of being a farmer are well-illustrated in this artwork.
– Millet was noted for his scenes of peasant farmers. He was known to be an important source of inspiration for Vincent van Gogh.
Le Moulin de blute-fin
– The landscape and windmills around Montmartre were the source of inspiration for a number of van Gogh’s paintings. Le Moulin de la Galette, one of the windmills that van Gogh painted, is still standing today.
– The Montmartre paintings mark van Gogh’s transition from his somber and heavy work in the Netherlands to a technique based upon Impressionism.
– Pont-Aven, the place where Gauguin painted the Swineherd, became popular with artists due to Paul Gauguin’s influence.
– A relaxing view of the countryside might just be what you need to relieve your stress.
– The subjects in the painting clearly show the influence of the political attitude of her husband Diego Rivera. Each subject represents a different social class in Mexican society.
– Frida Kahlo was often remembered only as Diego Rivera’s wife but during the 1970s and 1980s she gained recognition for her work along with other famous Mexican artists. Today she is more famous than her husband, perhaps in part due to the 2002 movie Frida
The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak
– This painting immediately became popular after it was exhibited in 1863. One reviewer called it “beyond question one of the finest landscapes ever painted in this country”.
– The painting won a prize at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867.
Woman before the Rising Sun
– This piece can serve as the female counterpart of Friedrich’s other famous work, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.
– Whether the sun is rising or setting in the painting, this powerful image can serve as an inspiration to its viewers.
– The artist was somewhat controversial in his early career, during the ire of the church who destroyed some of the work he had done for them
– This simple yet powerful painting captures a moment in time that makes us question what the background is. One man seems accusatory, the other defensive or annoyed?