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Our Changing Seas III / Courtney Mattison. Glazed stoneware and porcelain.
Vincent van Gogh, Le Moulin de la Galette:
[1886, oil on canvas, 55 x 38.5 cm, Private Collection], [1886, oil on canvas, 38.5 x 46 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo], [1886, oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires], [1887, oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh] (1, 2, 3, 4)
This is only a selection of the many paintings executed by Van Gogh depicting the famous Moulin de la Galette windmill, located near the Montmartre apartment the artist shared with his brother, Theo. The styles here are really quite different; it’s hard to believe all four paintings are by the same artist!
Zhu Daoping 朱道平 (b.1949, China)
Born in Huangyan, Zhejiang, Zhu Daoping graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Nanjing Art Academy. Zhu’s paintings were exhibited in the annual national art exhibition even before his graduation. Since 1998, he has been president of the Nanjing Institute of Calligraphy and Painting. In 2004, he received the first prestigious Huang Binhong Award, named for the leading literati painter of the early 20th century. Having grown up near Nanjing, Zhu’s art us closely related to the New Jinling (Nanjing) School, painters deeply influenced by Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), who revivified the local landscape tradition; and the lush terrain of southern China and the Yangzi River, While the application of dotted surfaces in Zhu Daoping’s paintings is reminiscent of the style of earlier Nanjing masters such as Mei Qing (1623-1697) and Shitao (1642-c.1707), Zhu goes further by rediscovering and emphasizing the relationship between dots, lines, and the pictorial surface: he has created a modern aesthetic that is still rooted in the long Chinese tradition. (source: Michael Goedhuis Gallery) Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to iamjapanese for this Curator’s Monday.
The Course of Empire is a five-part series of paintings created by Thomas Cole in the years 1833-36. It is notable in part for reflecting popular American sentiments of the times, when many saw pastoralism as the ideal phase of human civilization, fearing that empire would lead to gluttony and inevitable decay.
The series of paintings depicts the growth and fall of an imaginary city, situated on the lower end of a river valley, near its meeting with a bay of the sea. The valley is distinctly identifiable in each of the paintings, in part because of an unusual landmark: a large boulder is precariously situated atop a crag overlooking the valley. Some critics believe this is meant to contrast the immutability of the earth with the transience of man.