Art and Artifice

ARCHIVE PAGE 5 - May 2014

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Goya 1810: Las Viejas - "Time"


"Que tal?" - English: "What's the news?" or, "How are things?"

1810-1812 Oil on linen [181 cm x 125 cm]
Musèe des Beaux-Arts, Lille France

"Goya was approximately 65 years old when he painted this image, a veteran of various life-threatening illnesses which had left him deaf (1792) and would eventually kill him (1828). Thus the painting is hardly the laughter of a robust young man pointing a finger, but the thoughts of an old one simultaneously obsessing on mortality and excoriating the foolishness of his age group. These two old women, with their disintegrating masks of youthful makeup and clothing, are not running in terror from the mystical being bearing down upon them because they simply do not know what's coming – but Goya does." From the Goya site at

N. C. Wyeth, Mowing, Southwest Art

N C Wyeth Southwest Art Cover

The N. C. Wyeth (1882 - 1945) oil on canvas Mowing, 1907, on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine, October 1987. The cover and interior article ties into the Sept-November 1989 American Vision Three Generatiosn of Wyeths exhibit.

Marilyn Monroe over Washington DC

Marilyn over Washington DC

Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Head of Abraham Lincoln

Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Head of Abraham Lincoln 1

Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Head of Abraham Lincoln 2

Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Head of Abraham Lincoln 3

View photo of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens head cast from the "Standing Lincoln" enlarged.

John Henry Hudson, 1894

Neaera Reading 1894 John Henry Hudson

Neaera reading a letter from Catullus, 1894

Oil on canvas, 155.5 x 103 cm, Collection fo Bradford Museums and Galleries at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

Degas - Cassatt at the NGA

National Gallery - Degas and Mary Cassatt

The Degas and Cassatt exhibit in Washington DC contains a selection of work from each artists catalog, with an emphasis on Degas' images of Cassatt herself, along with a representation of letters and other artifacts, besides the paintings and drawings mounted on the walls.

Much of the work is relatively small and includes multiple variations on pieces, for example multiple states of a single etching plate by Degas showing tonal changes from each pull of a print over time. The exhibit includes a mounted copper etching plate for one of these prints so that the spectator can inspect the actual acid-burned grooves into the metal from Degas' drawing needle.

As with much of the National Gallery exhibit rooms, the lighting is slightly dim and shadowing falls across the upper spaces of many images because of overhanging framing.

It's a wonderful set of images by both artists (Degas' Steeplechase looms dominating over one of the rooms, probably the largest piece in the show.) The pieces are arranged to either complement one another or to tell the chronological story of the association between the two artists.

Steeplechase by Degas

The National Gallery Degas/Cassatt exhibit page

There is a 12 panel accordion-fold brochure available for free at the entrance to the exhibit rooms with a great deal of detail about the images and many photos of the artwork. Also a large print, oversized version is available. Audio tours for a fee are at the entrance booth.

Degas and Mary Cassatt - National Gallery brochure


There is a Degas - Cassatt hardcover and softcover exhibit catalog for sale in the various NGA gift shops.

Amedeo Modigliani - Gypsy Woman with Baby

Amedeo Modigliani - Gypsy Woman with Baby

View Amedeo Modigliani - Gypsy Woman with Baby enlarged

This 1911 oil painting by Modigliani is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., in the Chester Dale Collection in the East Building.

Framed Amedeo Modigliani - Gypsy Woman with Baby

Detail Amedeo Modigliani - Gypsy Woman with Baby