Gossaert’s Adoration

Imagine a world without the constant barrage of digital images.  The Renaissance was such a world where fantastic paintings like Jan Gossaert’s Adoration of the Kings were viewed only in special places like churches or abbeys.  This painting was finished in 1515.  Among the greatest technological achievements at the time were European ships just beginning to circumnavigate …

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John Singer Sargent

One of the most remarkable artists in the Cedarhurst collection is John Singer Sargent, an American by birth, who lived his entire life based in Europe.  Born in Florence, Italy to wealthy American parents, Sargent often traveled to America for commissions, but settled permanently in London.   Sargent was the preeminent society portraitist of his …

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Beauty, Truth, and a New Year

Since the time of the Greek philosopher Plotinus, Beauty has been regarded as inextricably linked to Truth.  Modern writers John Ruskin, Walter Pater, and Oscar Wilde shared this conviction. In appraising Beauty, we sense something greater than the sum of the form’s parts.  No single attribute defines the object, it is a cumulative effect. During …

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American Artists of Asian Heritage

In this week’s blog, we celebrate three permanent collection artists: Jiyong Lee, Arthur Towata, and Cheonae Kim.   JIYONG LEE, South Korea (b.1971), Cube Segmentation, 2014, Cut and carved glass, color laminated, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Cedarhurst Collectors Club, 2015.01 Jiyong Lee on the metaphors in his art: “The segmentation series is inspired by my …

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Mount Vernon’s Second Best Art Teacher

Born in the 19th-century, Mt. Vernon, Illinois native Ivan Summers established himself as one of the accomplished practitioners of American Impressionism with his colorful landscapes.  He studied at the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts where he was an award winning artist.   His painting style is dynamic, spontaneous, yet disciplined with an eye …

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James Baldwin & The Toilette of Venus

James Baldwin is having a revival of sorts, in 2020 and continuing in 2021, in the mass media as renewed attention is brought to his writings on civil rights.  The Fire Next Time is again being referenced for its eloquent prose and condemnation of American racism.   In Jed Jackson’s painting, titled, The Toilette of Venus, the James Baldwin image plays …

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