April 19, 2013 |
"RENOIR" aims to do for the great Auguste Renoir what "The Last Station" did for Leo Tolstoy. It's a lovely, painterly period piece that mimics the colors of Renoir's art, but one that never manages to find the warm, beating heart of the man. His paintings inspired passion in art galleries and museums, and in those who surrounded him and tended to his needs as he soldiered on, ravaged by old age, hell-bent on capturing more "beauty" at the expense of...
February 16, 2010 |
"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge. " This quotation from Gauguin stands as the epigraph to David Hare's superb play The Breath of Life, currently in a brief run by the Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater. See it for the engrossing dialogue. See it for the subtle acting. See it for this small company's courage in choosing it. See it for "revenge" on all the crass, shallow stuff we're drowning in every day. This is drama made entirely of dialogue - it's all talk and no action, but what interesting talk!
August 17, 2002 |
Our new flat-screen, 32-inch stereo television is a thrilling miracle ablaze in our now way-too-small living room. My wife and I feel like ancients viewing a full moon for the first time: "It will crush us!" we cry. And yet we cannot turn away. For years, we explored the cathode universe through Linda's worthy 19-inch workhorse, purchased in 1978. It didn't even have a remote control. When we moved to this area, we were forced to get a satellite hookup for it, because we live in a part of Deepest South Jersey where they apparently forgot to string cable.
May 31, 2002 |
These are flush times for people who like prints. Six art history students at the University of Pennsylvania, directed by lecturer James Hargrove, have put together an exhibition of about 80 19th-century French prints that reveals a broad range of themes. "Leaving a Mark" at the Arthur Ross Gallery concentrates on the last half of the century. But the highlights aren't where one would expect to find them, among the impressionists and postimpressionists. The several landscapes by Camille Pissarro are wonderful, but the prints by C?zanne and Gauguin are less so. The real excitement begins with a large group of lithographs by Eug?ne Delacroix, including his 18-print Faust suite and a magnificent Lion Devouring a Horse.
May 18, 2001 |
Landscape painters can either transcribe what they are looking at in strictly realist language or transpose the scene and its emotional impact into another mode of expression. In a series of landscapes made in Mexico over the last decade, Philadelphia artist Lee Lippman chose the second option. His colorful pictures describe actual locales, but they also convey his responses to those places and, in exemplary abstract expressionist technique, to the process of painting them.
April 25, 2001 |
TASTYKAKE PAINTINGS by artist Jan Elmy, Rittenhouse Fine Art, 1723 Spruce St. Show opens with reception 5:30-8:30 tonight, and continues 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through June 10. Info: 215-735-2676. Provence has its starry nights, so Van Gogh painted those. Tahiti has beautiful women in sarongs, so Gauguin painted them. And Philadelphia? Well, we have Tastykakes, so Jan Elmy is painting them. The Maryland-based artist is known mostly for her Chesapeake landscapes and snack-food-free still lifes.
December 15, 1995 |
"Toulouse-Lautrec to Picasso," the exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century prints at the Delaware Art Museum, should be called "From Daumier to Picasso," or even "From Daubigny to Picasso," because it begins early in the 19th century rather than in Lautrec's time. But then, there's only one Daumier print in the show, and relatively few museumgoers have heard of Charles-Francois Daubigny, an artist associated with the Barbizon landscape movement. Lautrec and Picasso are the titular anchors of this exhibition because they're responsible for about half its prints.
April 6, 1991 |
A country scene by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot that is expected to sell for more than $150,000 will highlight next week's three-day gallery sale of fine furnishings and artworks at Freeman/Fine Arts. Timed to coincide with the Pennsylvania Antiques Show, the sale Thursday, Friday and next Saturday will offer more than 1,200 catalogued items, plus some additional items, such as a bizarre bronze that puns on the name of the artist Man Ray. The sale includes property from a variety of estates, including those of Blanche Levy and Mildred R. Montgomery, and property from the Philadelphia Club.
April 1, 1990 |
The major van Gogh exhibitions of the last six years might be described as "Vincent on the Installment Plan. " The sequence began in 1984 with "Van Gogh in Arles," where the artist painted sunflowers and postmaster Roulin, fought with Gauguin and mutilated his ear. Two years later, "Van Gogh in Saint-Remy and Auvers" followed him to a mental institution, where he painted wheat fields and irises - one of which sold for $53.9 million in...
March 24, 1990 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a bequest from the late Williamina de Schauensee, widow of Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, of three postimpressionist paintings - by Renoir, Gauguin and van Gogh - and three pieces of 18th-century French silver commissioned by Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Mrs. de Schauensee actually began transferring ownership of the paintings to the museum incrementally some years ago; under the terms of her will, the museum received the remaining percentages of the paintings in her control when she died Dec. 26. At that time, the museum had owned a five-eighths interest in the van Gogh, a one-quarter interest in the Renoir and a one-tenth interest in the Gauguin.