Anders Zorn – The “Swedish Impressionist”

Anders Zorn was a remarkable Swedish painter known mostly for his nude female portraits painted with virtuoso brushwork and luminous colors. He is often referred to as the “Swedish Impressionist”. In this post, I provide some of the key facts about his life and art, breakdown his style and technique and take a closer look … Read more

Mary Cassatt – Artist Spotlight

Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker who became one of the most prominent members of the Impressionist group. She is best known for her artworks which depict the daily lives of women and the relationship between mothers and children. Cassatt was one of the very few women who managed to achieve critical and … Read more

Edgar Payne – Master of Landscape Composition and Color

When I think of landscape painting, one of the first artists who comes to mind is Edgar Payne. He was one of America’s most prominent landscape painters who had a remarkable eye for composition and color (he literally wrote what many consider to be the book on landscape composition). In this post, I will cover: … Read more

John Russell – The Great Australian Impressionist

I watched a fascinating documentary the other day about an Australian Impressionist artist named John Russell. This was my first time hearing about this artist, despite him being a fellow Australian and also being connected with many prominent artists like Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. It seems like there is an endless pool of … Read more

William Wendt – Inspirational Landscape Paintings

William Wendt (1865 – 1946) was a German-born American painter who was known for his bold and colorful landscapes. He spent much of his life painting the California landscape and his prominence earned him the title “the dean of Southern California artists”. Many of his paintings feature lush trees, rolling hills and a beautiful sense … Read more

William Holman Hunt – Intricate Brushwork and Vivid Colors

William Holman Hunt (2 April 1827 – 7 September 1910) was an English painter known for his incredibly intricate paintings and clever use of color. He also founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848, which was a group of artists who rejected the mechanistic approach adopted by artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. He was actually not all that … Read more

Willard Metcalf – Beautiful Impressionist Landscapes

Willard Leroy Metcalf (July 1, 1858 – March 9, 1925) was a prominent American painter known for his beautiful impressionist landscapes. He initially started with portraits and illustration, during which time he would have developed his accuracy and drawing ability, but it was his landscapes that brought him to fame. The Ten American Painters Willard Metcalf … Read more

Elegant Realism By Martin Rico

Martín Rico y Ortega (12 November 1833 – 13 April 1908) was a remarkable Spanish painter who had international success mostly for his landscapes and cityscapes. His paintings seem to have this peaceful elegance to them. This is probably due to the relatively high key which he painted in (most of the colors are on … Read more

Artist Spotlight – Realistic Landscapes by Peder Mørk Mønsted

Peder Mørk Mønsted (10 December 1859 – 20 June 1941) was a Danish painter known for his realistic landscapes. He began painting from an early age and attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1875 to 1879. His landscapes are incredibly detailed, yet do not appear to be overworked. This is not easy to achieve. Many realist paintings … Read more