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"Melanie and Me Swimming" (1979), by British painter Michael Andrews, one of the School of London painters from the decades after WW2. He often painted from photographs, such as this photo of him with his daughter when she was young. It's so crazy hot this week I've decided to live in a swimming suit. If you need me, I'll be in the pool until my entire body is puckered and water logged. Tate, London. #postcardbowl #arthistory

Family time

Rembrandt's "Three Trees" etching (1643), the largest of his landscape etchings at about the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. The dominant images are the trees and the approaching storm, but there are also small depictions of human life: a fisherman at the stream, an artist sketching on the hill, a loaded cart traveling behind the trees, and a couple making hay in the bushes. The Frick Collection, NYC. #postcardbowl #arthistory #rembrandt

Paul Cézanne, "Boy Resting" (c1887). When he painted this portrait of his adolescent son, Cézanne was approaching 50, still hadn't had a show of his work, had recently married the mother of his son even though he openly disliked her, and had broken off his lifelong friendship with boyhood pal Emily Zola after Zola used Cézanne as the model for a character in one of Zola's novels--a failed artist who kills himself. Things could have been better. When I see his paintings from the mid1880s, I think he was painting for comfort, focusing on the things he loved. Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. #postcardbowl #arthistory #cezanne #paulcezanne

Claude Monet, "Bouquet of Sunflowers" (1881). I recently read that Monet preferred bouquets of one type of flower over a mixed bouquet. I agree--though I will happily take flowers however they come. Met Museum, NYC. #postcardbowl #arthistory #claudemonet

"The Maelstrom, Bodø" (2002) by David Hockney. Hockney went to a watercolor exhibition in NYC in 2002 and started painting with watercolor on that trip, continuing his experiments when he returned to London. In search of northern light, he went to Norway, which resulted in this magnificent work that is now in a private collection but was part of a Hockney exhibition at the de Young in San Francisco a few years ago. This work is comprised of six sheets of paper pieced together to form one large work, 3'x6'. #arthistory #postcardbowl #davidhockney

John Duncan, "St. Bride" (1913). Duncan was a Scottish artist who commonly painted images from legendary tales in tempura. In Scotland, St Bride refers to Irish St Brigid, friend of St Patrick. Legend says that two angels miraculously transported her across time and sea to witness the birth of Christ. Last Sunday my parents came to dinner and then helped do a challenging jigsaw puzzle of this painting, because I'm a nerd who loves wooden puzzles. #postcardbowl #arthistory #johnduncan

Edward Atkinson Hornel, "The Music of the Woods." Hornel was born in a small town of Victoria, Australia, but immediately moved to Kirkcudbright in southwest Scotland, and he is known as a Scottish painter. Most of his works are floral woodland scenes with children or fairies. Like many artists of his time, he was influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, but Hornel took the rare step of living in Japan for 18 months. He died in the 1930s shortly before WW2. I wonder what he would have thought of Japan being the enemy, and his Kirkcudbright used by the Allies to train for the D-Day invasion. The world can change so quickly. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. #postcardbowl #arthistory #edwardatkinsonhornel

William Blake, "Elohim Creating Adam" (c1795). London printmaker and poet Blake believed that Adam existed as a spirit before the Garden of Eden, and that the Fall occurred when Adam was given a body, which body became part of Adam's soul. Here you can see God's left hand gathering the dust of the earth to form Adam's body. Tate Britain, London. #arthistory #postcardbowl #williamblake

William Henry Margetson, "The Sea Hath Its Pearls" (1897). Like other Victorian classical painters like Poynter and Leighton, Margetson painted pretty young women in classical robes and Mediterranean settings. This is his most famous work. The frame he designed for it is an integral part of the piece, with a circle of gold crabs continuing the seaside theme. 🦀 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. #postcardbowl #arthistory

"L'Absinthe," by Edgar Degas (1876). This is how I feel when I get a work email asking if I can be available to work Monday even though it's a holiday. Degas painted this as a portrait of the loneliness that came with industrialization and the rapid growth of Paris. The painting was criticized as ugly when first shown. After years in storage, it was shown again to such hearty booing it was taken down. (People used to say out loud the things they now type on the internet). Degas then had the clever idea of exhibiting it in London, where it was a big hit because it reinforced Victorian prejudices against the dirty, immoral French. Best detail: her splayed lilac shoes. Musée d'Orsay, Paris. #postcardbowl #arthistory #edgardegas

John Singer Sargent, "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" (1885). Sargent painted this portrait of Polly and Dolly Barnard over the course of a summer, painting 10 min each evening when the light was just right. Sargent was staying with the Barnards in the English Cotswolds, trying to save his career after the scandal in Paris over his portrait of Madame X. A painting like this was made possible by the invention of tube paints (which facilitated painting outside, with multiple colors at a time, doing just a small bit each day) and the invention by industrial chemists in the 1800s of new paint pigments, like chrome yellow and emerald green. Tate Gallery, London. #postcardbowl #arthistory #jamessingersargent

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