Month: August 2020

George Bellows: The Bridge, Blackwell's Island

The Bridge, Blackwell’s Island: George Bellows

George Bellows’ The Bridge, Blackwell’s Island depicts spectators watching, as we do, the spectacle of a boat scything through a lively current on the river under an unpredictable sky. Bellows, an American modernist, uses thick paint to show the unfathomability of the body of water especially, and the gigantic size of the bridge. This picture …

The Bridge, Blackwell’s Island: George Bellows Read More »

Antoine-Jean Gros: Portrait of General Claude Legrand

Portrait of General Claude Legrand: Antoine-Jean Gros

In 1810 French artist Antoine-Jean Gros painted a portrait of General Claude Legrand who was a distinguished general of Napoleon. He was a veteran leader of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and was to die of his wounds in 1815 at the River Berezina. In Gros’s portrait here the general is shown full-length out …

Portrait of General Claude Legrand: Antoine-Jean Gros Read More »

Antoine-Jean Gros: Equestrian Portrait of Prince Boris Yusupov

Equestrian Portrait of Prince Boris Yusupov: Antoine-Jean Gros

Antoine-Jean Gros was commissioned by the boy’s father to paint this spirited piece Equestrian Portrait of Prince Boris Yusupov in 1809. Primarily known as an Academic painter of Napoleon, Gros never saw Russia and so paints an imaginary landscape here. The horse rears up energetically while the young prince manages the reins adeptly with his …

Equestrian Portrait of Prince Boris Yusupov: Antoine-Jean Gros Read More »

Vincent van Gogh: The Stagecoach to Tarascon

The Stagecoach to Tarascon: Vincent van Gogh

The Stagecoach to Tarascon is an 1888 painting by Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The Stagecoach to Tarascon Analysis The painting is based on a 19th-century novel in which the stagecoach remembers its day on the route from Tarascon to Nimes. This 1888 painting shows the coach unoccupied but perhaps about to be loaded with …

The Stagecoach to Tarascon: Vincent van Gogh Read More »