This Self-Portrait represents Russell as he most clearly saw himself a working cowboy with an artistic flair. Authentic and colorful details abound: the yellow rain-slicker rolled neatly at the back of the saddle, the predominantly red scarves with their multiple uses tied neatly around his collar and waist, and, completing the picture of the cowboy bon vivant, a rolled-up cigarette in his right hand and his cowboy hat insouciantly tilted back on his head. Even his faithful pony Grey Eagle has been gussied up with silver medallions on his bridle. Grey Eagle was Charlie's first "significant other". His friend would later declare they knew Charlie had been...
Created by: Russell, Charles M.
Like the Hudson River School painters, McCarthy brings back drawings and watercolor sketches from his travels and creates the final oil painting in his studio. He explains, "A photograph for me is just this mechanical instant that is too limiting. So much more can be distilled into a sketch." Also, like those earlier artists, he isn't above re-arranging nature to suit his composition: of one painting, he says, "The pinnacle on the left was behind me but I moved it over to give the view a 360 degree type of view." His career can probably be summed up in his...
Created by: McCarthy, D. Michael
Though he specialized in gardens and floral still-lifes, Edward Szymd often traveled to explore other vistas for his art, for instance, painting a rough wintry seascape for a friend based on a trip he made to Maine. On a trip to Tennessee in the 1960s, he passed through Blowing Rock, North Carolina and was enchanted by the area. He returned repeatedly, finally settling there permanently in 1985. His national reputation continued to grow as he added mountain scenery and wintry landscapes inspired by his new home, like that depicted in "The Sentinel."
Created by: Szmyd, Edward
One of the first internationally renowned American artists for his own unique style, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was most famous for his seascapes, frequently stormy North Atlantic scenes, though "Shadows on the Dunes" (observe the artists own shadow at center) is in a sunnier mode. Starting his career as an illustrator during the Civil War, Homer later focused on showing people in conflict with nature. He also helped to popularize watercolor as a professional medium for finished paintings and to complete pieces painting "en plein air" (outdoors in a single sitting).
Created by: Homer, Winslow
As more and more of the European population moved from farms into the city and the economy shifted from agrarian to industrial, people became nostalgic for the countryside and a vogue arose for paintings of domestic animals. Certain painters even became known for specializing in certain animals, as for instance, Landseer and Stubbs were for horses. Among these specialists was Charles Jacque. Jacque was a member of the French Barbizon School, best-known as an etcher, but also for painting domestic animals, particularly pigs; he was affectionately known as the ''Raphael des couchons'', or the ''Raphael of pigs''. In this painting, he focuses on a different domestic animal, but...
Created by: Jacque, Charles Emile