If You Had One Wish…

Birth of Venus empty painting

If I had one wish (provided say by a wish-fulfilling genie), I would probably wish never to wish for anything. But to be alive means to wish for things, you may say. What sort of life would it be without any wishes in it? The life of an ascetic? Of a recluse? Of a socially … Continue reading If You Had One Wish…

10 Best Boy with a Hat Paintings

The Torn Hat Thomas Sully

The word "best" in this title is, of course, subjective. What this gallery of a post features are some of my favorite boy with a hat paintings from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Boys wearing hats are an interesting subject in painting. They wear on their faces the innocence of their young age, but … Continue reading 10 Best Boy with a Hat Paintings

Summer in 19th Century Painting

If you have a moment, let us take a stroll through the world of painting and experience summer as the artists of the 19th century saw it, from Edouard Manet to Edward Charles Williams. The following paintings all evoke summer in one way or other, even if summer was not necessarily their chief subject. Some … Continue reading Summer in 19th Century Painting