Category: history of art

William Adolphe Bouguereau, La Petite Esmérald…

William Adolphe Bouguereau, La Petite Esméralda

The Woman in White by Alfred Henry Maurer – …

The Woman in White by Alfred Henry Maurer – circa 1900

Achille Simonetti, Youth Playing With A Dog, w…

Achille Simonetti, Youth Playing With A Dog, white marble, Blouinartinfo

Christophe Fratin, A Bear And A Monkey, bronze…

Christophe Fratin, A Bear And A Monkey, bronze, red-brown patina, on veined red and grey marble base, blouinartinfo

Norman Rockwell, Breaking Ties, 1954, Sotheby’…

Norman Rockwell, Breaking Ties, 1954, Sotheby’s

A father and son from a rural community sit waiting for the train that will take the young man off to his first year of college. Rockwell captures this rite of passage with his trademark ability to convey an entire narrative in one simple scene. 

The pair’s body language is powerful: it communicates the generational gap that divides the Depression-era rancher—who has likely had little to no formal education—from his college-bound son. The rancher hunches over with his elbows resting on his knees, his weather-beaten and unshaven face downcast and angled slightly towards his son. By contrast, the young man, alert and fresh-faced, looks with youthful optimism down the tracks impatiently waiting for the train to arrive, for his future to start. The boy’s large and weathered hands, however, disclose his ranching background and are a visual reminder of the important, albeit fading, link with his father and his roots.

The theme was autobiographical for Rockwell: “I was trying to express what a father feels when his son leaves home. Jerry, my oldest son, had enlisted in the Air Force; my younger sons, Tom and Peter, had gone away to school. Whenever I feel an idea strongly, I have trouble painting it. I keep trying to refine it, express it better”

Source: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/american-art-n09048/lot.9.html

Euphemia White Van Rensselaer by George P. A…

Euphemia White Van Rensselaer by George P. A. Healy, 1842

https://www.flickr.com/photos/repetti/24464403…

https://www.flickr.com/photos/repetti/244644030/in/photostream/

Jean Baptiste Clésinger, Owl Standing On The B…

Jean Baptiste Clésinger, Owl Standing On The Back Of A Tortoiseblouinartinfo

Louis Carrier-Belleuse, Standing Nude With A C…

Louis Carrier-Belleuse, Standing Nude With A Cat, ivory and bronze, on an onyx base, Blouin Art Info

William Shiels, Four dogs – a collie from Twee…

William Shiels, Four dogs – a collie from Tweeddale, a Scots deerhound, an otter terrier and a Scots terrier, oil on canvas, early – mid 19th century, National Museums Scotland