John Sloan, The Haymarket, 1907
unknown - Robert McGinnis
“Odalisque" (detail), Guillaume Seignac.
Morning Awakening or The Dream by Eva Gonzales, 1877
painting of the day: Jean-Léon Gérôme - The Duel after the Masquerade
Caspar David Friedrich
Woman in Front of the Setting Sun
c.1818 - 1820
This painter exemplifies Friedrich as a painter of spirit. This, as well as many of Friedrich’s other works, shows the influence of Kosegarten, the pastor/poet that sparked Friedrich’s belief that god is found in nature. Woman in Front of the Setting Sun is one of the first examples of the Ruckenfigur (when the subject is scene from behind in a work of art). This painting is heavily laden with Christian symbolism. The rocks serve as a metaphor for god that can also be traced back to mehirs in the pagan context. The sun represents the “hidden father who dwells in light”. The painting captures the woman in an experience of awe, asking the audience to experience it with her.
View of Dresden by Moonlight (detail)
Johan Christian Dahl
Oil on canvas
British infantry storm a Russian artillery battery during the Crimean War.
Felix De Boeck, Tête d’homme, 1935