Water View

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Turning the pages of art history back to the 1860’s brings us to the time of  professional travel painting.  Artists traveled to unfamiliar locations and captured a sense of place for a curious public. Often the paintings were commissioned by … Continued

Source Material

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In 1845 William Parson looked through the world’s  biggest telescope, then in Ireland.  He found and illustrated a spiral nebula, as he called it (example 1). Later we would recognize this as another galaxy.  In 1845 the idea of multiple … Continued

City Cut Ups

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We hear the crash of glass breaking. We look in the direction of the sound and search for broken glass. As we look upon the world we search, we anticipate, we predict. Our predictive sense determines where we look and … Continued

Winter Traditions

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In the history of landscape painting the tree of knowledge is often presented as a bare tree in opposition to the fruitful abundance of the tree of life. Winter however, presented  peculiar challenges to 16th Century European artists aiming for … Continued

Simplicity Hypothesis

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Ernst Gombrich proposed the simplicity hypothesis as an explanation of how perception operates.  We scan a territory and selectively attend to just a few objects because, we recognized a pattern of redundancies. Selective attention gives us all the information we … Continued

Winter Atmosphere

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Among Painters who enjoyed winter we have examples from Pieter Bruegel to Claude Monet to Winslow Homer.   Homer’s windy studio on Prouts Neck, Maine was so cold the ice in his water bucket froze if it sat more than 4 … Continued