American Gothic painter Grant Wood created this work in celebration of historian Parson Weems and first President George Washington. Weems’ 1800 work Life of Washington first told the anecdote of the six-year-old future President hatcheting down his father’s favorite cherry tree and then owning up to it. Weems reported the story “too valuable to be lost, and too true to be doubted,” was told to him by a relative of Washington, allegedly present when the event took place. Continue reading
French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted in the academic style prevalent in the late 19th century. He specialized in painting female nudes as present in The Youth of Bacchus. The painting shows Bacchus (Greek Dionysus), the Roman God of wine, music, and dance, in a celebratory scene. It captures Bacchus’s ability to free people from the restraints imposed by social norms and powerful institutions; much like the effect from the spirit of Saturnalia. This painting may reflect how Ancient Romans observed Saturnalia.
The image above shows former Minerva, Ohio Councilman and Deputy Mayor Phil Davison walking on the front lawn of the White House as President of the United States. Continue reading
In 2013, Americana icon Bob Dylan released Another Self Portrait, an album of unreleased tracks and alternative takes of songs he recorded for his 1970 albums Self Portrait and New Morning. The album’s cover features a recent self-portrait that Dylan painted, alluding to the cover he painted for Self Portrait. Continue reading
Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí employed the Paranoiac-critical method to paint Invisible Afghan. The method, which Dalí developed, enabled him to enter a “paranoid” state, altering his perception of reality to gain inspiration for art. He often referred to his paintings as “hand painted dream photographs.” Continue reading
Contemporary society typically associates Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh with his 1889 masterpiece The Starry Night. However, Starry Night Over the Rhone is perhaps a better illustration of van Gogh’s mastery of light. The reflections on the water of gas lamps along the shore of the Rhone in Arles, contrasts with the stars of the night sky.
[I]n short the starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet. The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground.