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Van Gogh, up close and personal. The only way to get closer is to visit the museum exhibit.

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New York State Of Mind

I never quite ‘got’ all the fuss about Van Gogh’s work… His paintings always looked a little strange to me.

And then I went to MoMA a few years ago and saw ‘The Starry Night‘ for the first time and just like the Jackson Pollock pieces I’d seen minutes before,  it grabbed me and gave me a thorough shake.  I’d never seen paintings where texture leapt off the canvas.  (I still find myself looking down the side of Mr P’s works  – as close as I’m allowed – to try take pictures of how the paint lies on the canvas – or indeed looks as if it’s fighting with gravity – literally trying to leap off the surface).

Last December, we went back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This time we wandered around their modern art section and saw Van Gogh’s ‘Wheat Field With Cypresses‘…

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One of the things I like about Gustav Klimt is his versatility. He has paintings of beautiful women, beautiful houses and now these Beech Tree landscapes that give the feel of another world where wood nymphs and elves might live.

Birch in Forest


Beech Trees

Forest of Beech Trees

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter. Symbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described indirectly. In regard to Art, Symbolism became known as a contemplative refuge from the world of strife. To produce these results, it used themes of mysticism and other worldliness.

“Portrait of Adele  Bloth-Bauer” 1907

Painted in Vienna and commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist who had made his fortune in the sugar industry, this portrait took three years to complete. In 2006, Ronald Lauder purchased it for $135 million for the Neue Galerie in New York.

The Kiss” 1907-1908

(Klimt`s most famous work. Painted during his “golden period”. Currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Museum,  housed in the Belvedere palace, in Vienna, Austria.)

“Musique” 1895

(Considered one of two studies Klimt submitted to secure a contract with Franz Matsch to decorate the Palais Dumba.)

Lady with a Fan” (Donna Con Ventaglio) 1918

(Known as the last painting of Gustav Klimt)

“Lady with a Hat and Feather Boa”

(Around 1899 (This portrait resulted from a long-lasting relationship of Klimt with  Emilie Flöge, a proprietress of Viennese fashion salon. Most of the names of the models and other women in his life have not survived, partly because Flöge burnt much of Klimt’s correspondence after his death from a stroke in 1918. Recent findings reveal the young woman in the portrait as Hilde Roth, a Bohemian redhead from Budapest.)

“Portrait of Emilie” Floge” 1902

(Emilie Floge, 1874-1952, Klimt’s lifelong companion, mistress and one of his principal heirs was born into the family of  a prosperous pipe manufacturer, Hermann Floge . Klimt’s first portrait of her dates to 1891 and would appear in many of his paintings as both subject and model. After Klimt’s death in 1918, Emilie inherited half of his belongings.)



Gustav Klimt:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt

Symbolism:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism_(arts)#The_Symbolist_Manifesto

Gustav Klimt:   http://vezur.com/art/catalogue/reproductions/gustav-klimt

Gustav Klimt. Portrait of Emilie Flöge:   http://www.abcgallery.com/K/klimt/klimt89.html

Franz Jozef Kline, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1910 is an American painter whose usual style falls into within the Abstract Expressionist, a movement that centered around New York in the 1940s and 1950s. He was labeled an “action painter” due to his spontaneous and intense style that focused on the actual brush strokes against canvas. Many of his “spontaneous” sketches were practiced on telephone book pages before they were rendered on actual canvas.

His best known abstract expressionist paintings are in black and white, though he re-introduced color in 1955, and used it more consistently after 1959. His paintings are deceptively subtle though on closer inspection have a dynamic, spontaneous and dramatic impact. Most of his paintings are taken from studies of bridges, tunnels, buildings, engines, railroads and other architectural and industrial icons.


Cardinal 1950

Chief 1950

Painting Number 7 1952

Untitled 1952

New York, N. Y. 1953

Suspended 1953

Painting Number Two 1953

Orange Outline 1955

Untitled 1957

C and O 1958

Heaume 1958

Black Reflections 1959

Untitled 1959

60 Blueberry Eyes 1959

Harlemen 1960

Le Gros 1961

Scudera 1961

Untitled 1961


Paul Webb Art Blog     http://poulwebb.blogspot.com/2011/05/franz-kline-abstract-expresssionist.html

Franz Kline     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kline

Franz Kline Images http://www.google.com/search?q=franz+kline+paintings&hl=en&prmd=ivnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=nqcHTsO_F8T30gGC19W0Cw&ved=0CFQQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=709

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Picasso Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler 1910

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Picasso three musicians moma 2006

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Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant, 1872

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Renoir – The Two Sisters, On the Terrace

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Pierre Auguste Renoir Jeune garcon sur la plage d Yport

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