Category Archives: Paintings

Chloe and The Grasshopper – Two of a Kind

Above Right: “The Grasshopper” (La Cigale) 1872 oil on canvas 186.7 x 123.8cm. This is considered one of Jules Lefebvre’s classic female nudes. It was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1872 and was accompanied at the Salon’s exhibition … Continue reading

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Is This the First Picture of a Young Street Artist at Work?

French painter, poster artist and print-maker, Etienne Maurice Firmin Bouisset was born to a working-class family in the town of Moissac in the Tarn-et-Garonne département in south-western France on September 2, 1859.  He specialized in painting children and did a … Continue reading

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Bathroom Blues? Let Freddie the Frog Come to the Rescue On Demand

Arkie by Brett Whiteley (1967) oil mixed media on canvas on board (Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria). Australian Avant-garde artist Brett Whiteley (born Sydney,  7 April 1939 – died 15 June 1992) is well represented in many Australian galleries and was … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #17 | The Tale of Two Fridges

Above: Left: Leda and the Swan fridge by Arthur Boyd; Above Right: Decorated fridge by Anon. at  ANA Hall, Harcourt, Victoria. What separates these two beautifully decorated fridges? – About 31 km via the Midland Highway (A300) in  Central Victoria … Continue reading

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To Light a Candle is To Cast a Shadow

French Baroque painter, Georges de La Tour (March 13, 1593 – January 30, 1652)  spent most of his working life in the Duchy of Lorraine, which was temporarily absorbed into France between 1641-1648. He was given the title “Painter to … Continue reading

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Thangue You for the Violets

[Above]: “Violets For Perfume” (c.1913) oil on canvas, 109 x 95 cm Diploma work accepted 1913. (Royal Academy collection). English realist rural landscape painter Henry Herbert La Thangue was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 19 January 1859. La Thangue attended … Continue reading

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The Fairy Dell Dream of the Great Henry Rheam

Above: Henry Meynell Rheam “The Fairy Dell” English painter Henry Meynell Rheam was born in Birkenhead on Merseyside on 13 January 1859.  He studied in Germany; London at Heatherly’s; and at the Académie Julian in Paris, working primarily in watercolour before settling … Continue reading

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Welcome to Benvenuti’s Art

Gianni Benvenuti (1926-2005) was an Italian-born illustrator of children’s book. Both images are from ‘The Little Elf and Other Stories” (1960) retold by Jane Carruth. The book includes the following Hans Christian Anderson stories: The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The … Continue reading

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Schenk’s Sheepish Anguish

Danish-born artist, August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck was born on April 23, 1828 in Glückstadt, Denmark. He became well known for his landscapes and paintings of animals. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and afterwards in Paris, specializing in painting … Continue reading

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You Should Walch Out for This Artist’s Works

Charles Walch  – The Blue Window, 1939 (oil on canvas 65cm x 59cm) French artist, painter, engraver and sculptor, Charles Walch was born on 4th August 1896 in Thann (Alsace) and died on 12 December 1948 in Paris. Walch suffered … Continue reading

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There’s No Duckin’ These Chickens in this Form of Art

Above: Ma Yali  – “Brigade Chicken Farm” (1973). Chinese “Peasant Painting” or “Folk Painting” reflects on the farming lives of the vast countryside of China during the 1960s.  Its style represents both old and new in its art. Old – … Continue reading

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Time to Share Hampshire’s All In a Garden Fair

Above are six in a series of images by Ernest Lewellyn Hampshire, aka E. L Hampshire  (1882-1944), entitled, “All in a Garden Fair“. Born in East Dulwich on 16th June 1882, Hampshire was a professional landscape artist, water colourist, oil … Continue reading

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It’s a Great Illustration – But No Cigar!

Above: Inside of cigar box illustrated by Eirene Mort containing wood working tools belonging to Nora Weston ca. 1920. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her … Continue reading

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

Above: Henri Martin: Gabrielle at the Garden Door, 1910 (201cm x 105.4cm) London. Renowned French impressionist painter Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin was born in Toulouse on August 5, 1860 to a French cabinet-maker. Martin successfully persuaded his father to permit him … Continue reading

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The Fate of the Owl My Dear is Ever So Clear to Hear, Due to the Verse and Cheer My Love, From the One and Only Edward Lear

The Owl & The Pussycat (1990) wood engraving 4 x 5.5 cm The Owl and the Pussy-Cat [Verse I] by Edward Lear The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat, They took some honey, and … Continue reading

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