Dog Days, 2018

The dog days have arrived.  

 

Image from the online website wilstar.com

 

 

Scorching hot.

The heat rising from streets. The stray cats nowhere to be seen.

The dogs are out and about, though.

 

The Dogs

 

 

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Follette, 1890, oil on cardboard.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

Dans un temps de deuil, un cadeau pour Sylvère et Louis de la part d’un grand peintre francais a l’abri ici a Philadelphie dans notre canicule actuelle.

 

 

 

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Leashed Hounds, oil on canvas, 1860.  Constant Troyon, 180-1865, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

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TBD.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

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The Mad Dog, and detail, 1943, oil on canvas.  Rufino Tamayo, 1899-1991, Mexican.  Philadelphia Art Museum

Actually a statement of the artist’s despair in wartime.

 

 

 

Burning Up

 

 

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Swelter, 2011, and detail, tempera on panel.  George A. Weymouth, 1936-2016.   Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

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Burning Up, 2007, acrylic on birch plywood.  Linda Lee Alter, American born 1939.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Oasis, 1989, and detail, oil and mixed media collage on canvas.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

 

 

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Saturn Time, 1986, oil, acrylic, emulsion, crayon, shellac on photograph on canvas, with poured led and fern frond. Anselm Kiefer, German born 1945.   Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Person in the Presence of Nature, 1935, oil and aqueous medium on cardboard.  Joan Miro, 1893-1983, Spanish. Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

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Detail of Saturn Time, 1986, oil, acrylic, emulsion, crayon, shellac on photograph on canvas, with poured led and fern frond. Anselm Kiefer, German born 1945.   Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Landscape with Bridge, oil on canvas, 1918.  Morton Livingstone Shamberg, 1881-1918, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

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Detail of Saturn Time, 1986, oil, acrylic, emulsion, crayon, shellac on photograph on canvas, with poured led and fern frond. Anselm Kiefer, German born 1945.   Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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From the Lake #3, 1924, oil on canvas.  Georgia O’Keefe, 1887-1986, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

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Flower Beds in the Dresden Gardens, 1910, oil on canvas.  Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938, German.  Baltimore Museum of Art

In memoriam in this anniversary year of his death of the consequences of rampant evil.

 

 

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Detail of Saturn Time, 1986, oil, acrylic, emulsion, crayon, shellac on photograph on canvas, with poured led and fern frond. Anselm Kiefer, German born 1945.   Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Landscape, c. 1915, oil on canvas. Carl Newman, American born Germany.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Detail of Saturn Time, 1986, oil, acrylic, emulsion, crayon, shellac on photograph on canvas, with poured led and fern frond. Anselm Kiefer, German born 1945.   Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Do the Dance, and detail, 2005. oil on canvas on wood.  Elizabeth Murray, 1940-2007.  Museum of Modern Art, NY

 

 

 

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Summer Day, 1911, oil on canvas.  Max Pechstein, 1881-1955, German.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

 

The cold-blooded ones in very heaven

 

 

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Turtle sunning,  Chanticleer, Pennsylvania every year

 

 

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Fused silver-plate tureen thought to have been made in Birmingham, England, 1800-1830, made for a time when green turtle soup became popular.  Campbell Soup Tureen Collection at Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

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Glazed tile seen somewhere

 

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Earthenware tureen, artisan unknown, 1983.  Campbell Soup Tureen Collection, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

 

Plants removed from direct sunlight and in need of heavy watering

 

 

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Pot of Geraniums, 1912, oil on linen.  Henri Matisse, 1869-1954.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

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Still Life with Pansies, 1874, oil on canvas.  Henri Fantin-Latour, 1836-1904, French.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

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Mural in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia until 2017 when it disappeared behind the endless building and rebuilding

 

 

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The Watering Can – Garden at Le Raincy, oil on wood, 1883.  Georges Seurat, 1859-1891.  The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

A very small painting, smaller than an Ipad.

 

 

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French 19th century watering can.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY in 2018.

 

 

 

Clothes off ; people lying down a lot

 

 

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Rhyme,  1956, fabrics, necktie, paper, oil, enamel, pencil, and synthetic polymer paint on canvas.  Robert Rauschenberg, 1925-2008.  MOMA, NY

 

 

 

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Two Girls Under An Umbrella, 1910, oil on canvas.  Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938, German.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

In memoriam in this anniversary year of his death of the consequences of rampant evil.

 

 

 

 

Some people begin to hallucinate with the heat

 

 

Cow with a Parasol, 1946, oil on canvas.  Marc Chagall, 1887-1985.  MOMA, NY

 

 

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Lions and Horses, and detail, 1942, oil on canvas.  Rufino Tamayo, 1899-1991.  Mexican.  On loan to the Philadelphia Art Museum by Washington University in  a St. Louis University purchase; in 2017

 

 

 

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Angel Applicant, 1939, gouache, ink and graphite on paper mounted on cardboard.  Max Ernst, 1891-1976, German.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

I could multiply the Max Ernsts bordering on summer madness.  But I would never get to the end of this post if I did.  And it was really Surrealism which touched him more than summer heat.

 

 

 

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The Drawing Academy, 1828-29, colour lithograph.  J.J. Grandville, 1803-1847, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

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Achille (epoch), 2015, aquatint, and detail.  Julie Mehretu, American born Ethiopia 1970.  MOMA, NY.

The artist has joined the Cy Twombly madness both in subject matter and in the nonsense scribbling.

 

 

 

 

Deep Shade

 

 

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A Man Reading in a Garden, c. 1865, watercolour over black chalk with pen and ink, brush and wash, lithographic crayon.  Honore Daumier, 1808-1879, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

 

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The works of Agnes Martin are a great giver of shade.  Agnes Martin, 1912-2004, American born Canada.  Philadelphia Art Museum exhibition until October 14, 2018.

 

Agnes Martin, "Untitled (1963)", Paper, watercolor, ink.

Untitled, 1963, watercolour and ink on paper. Agnes Martin, 1912-2004, American born Canada. Philadelphia Art Museum.  Image from artblog.com 

The only work of this artist which I have seen which includes a figure.

Diagnosed after she reached New York, far from the Saskatchewan farm where she was raised, with severe mental illness, the artist reached a large calm and lucidity in her work  when she settled in New Mexico in the 1960’s. 

The focus of her work are the questions: what do we perceive?  How do we reconcile our inner and outer perceptions?  Do we need to?  

The Philly Art Museum is fortunate to have received recently a bequest of some of her paintings which provide large shade. 

 

 

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Winterthur, Delaware every summer.  Legacy of Henry Francis du Pont.

 

 

 

 

Always a threat of storms, especially towards dusk

 

 

 

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Summer Evening, oil on canvas, c. 1959.  Elizabeth Osborne, American born 1936.  Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmingon

 

 

 

Water the main relief

 

 

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Right and Left, oil on canvas, 1909.  Winslow Homer, 1836-1910, American.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

 

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Studies for ‘Bathers at Asnières’, oil on wood, 1883/84.  Georges Seurat, 1859-1891, French.  National Gallery of Art

Paintings smaller than an IPAD

 

 

 

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After the Bath (Woman Drying Herself), c. 1896, oil on canvas.  Edgar Degas, 1834-1917, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

 

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Bath Houses, 1915, oil on canvas.  William Glackens, 1870-1938, American.  Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

 

 

 

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Devil’s Pool Bathers, 2016-2018, archival pigment print.  Sarah Kaufman, American, born 1981.  Submitted by the artist to the 77th Juried Show, Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia in 2018. 

This is a natural bathing pool in the Wissahickon Valley, Philadelphia.

 

 

 

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The Swimmers,1959, cliche-verre with watercolour.  Keith Smith, American.  Private collection on loan to the Philadelphia Art Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Skiffs, oil on canvas, 1877.  Gustave Caillebotte, 1848-1894, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Dog Days, 2018

    1. And certain Europeans: the Fauves and members of Die Brucke of your ancestral heritage. The Brexit and the loss of India have the English very down and so no knocking them, if you please!

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