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Mary Cassatt, After the Bath, 1901, pastel, 26 x 39 3_8 in (66 x 100 cm), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA - deatil - feature image

Mary Cassatt – After The Bath

In honour of Mother’s day, a close look at “After the Bath,” a painting of a mother and her children by Mary Cassatt. We take a close look at this glorious painting!

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Paula Rego, "Bride" (Dog Woman series), 1994, pastel on paper on aluminum, 120 x 160.6 cm. Tate Gallery, UK.

Paula Rego Fearless and Fantastical Artist Dies at 87

I’ve been down a deep rabbit hole since 8 June, the date that artist Paula Rego died at age 87. I was saddened to hear about her death, particularly as it struck me that I’d been meaning to do a blog post on this incredibly courageous magnificent artist but that it had now taken her death

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Selection of five painting details fro Learn From The Masters blog post

Learn From The Masters At The Utah Museum Of Fine Arts

I’m just home from Salt Lake City, Utah. Cam, my sweetie was taking a workshop there and I went along for the ride having never been there. One of my favourite things to do when visiting a new city is to check out the local art galleries, particularly the public institutions. I’m always inspired and

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Three portraits in black and white by Eric Kennington

Eric Kennington – Three Portraits For Remembrance Day

I had decided it was time for another ‘Close Look” blog. A number of possibilities came to mind but as I began preparing, I realized it was almost Remembrance Day. So it made sense to choose work related in some way to war. I began to recall pastel portraits I’d seen somewhere along the way,

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Edgar Degas - two paintings of ballet rehearsal onstage

Edgar Degas – Ballet Rehearsal Onstage x 2!

While researching another project, I came across two paintings by Edgar Degas – one in oil, one in pastel – on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website. I was so taken by these pieces that I had to bring them to you! They have slightly different titles but are basically the same painting of a

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Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean, "Les Confidences," ca. 1898, pastel on blue-grey mounted paper on canvas, 48 1/16 x 38 in, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. DETAIL

“Les Confidences” By Edmond-François Aman-Jean – A Close Look

Sometimes you come across a painting that keeps you looking beyond a cursory – oh-that’s-wonderful thought. I especially love when the deeper looking involves a painting (and artist) previously unknown to me. This is true of today’s close look blog post. Check out Les Confidences by Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean (b. 13 January 1858, Chevry-Cossigny, France – d.

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