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Modigliani and Simone Martini

Simone Martini - Annunciation with Two Saints (detail) - 1333 - Tempera on wood - Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy (click photo for larger image)Simone Martini (c. 1285-1344) was among the early Italian artists who particularly moved Amedeo Modigliani(1884-1920). Discussions of both artists are featured elsewhere on this site.

The beautiful detail featured here (from Annunication with Two Saints) was painted around 1333 by Martini for the altar of Sant’Ansano in the Cathedral of Siena. Martini’s work reveals his great love of harmonious, pure colors. To these he added a gracefulness of line and delicacy of interpretation that were inspired by French Gothic works that the young artist studied in Italy. He carried to perfection the decorative line of the Gothic style and subordinated volume to the rhythm of this line.

Amedeo Modigliani - Jeanne Hebuterne, Left Arm Behind her Head - 1919 - Oil on canvas - Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (click photo for larger image)Modigliani had a passion for the same type of beauty. Heavily influenced by the Italian painting tradition, Simone Martini was among the early Italian artists who particularly moved him. A relationship between his and Martini’s work is definitely evident.


Quote of the Day

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” - Claude Monet 


OAC “Off the Wall” and “Souper” Supper - Saturday, October 21st (6:30-10:00 PM)

For this truly FUN event, there will be a diverse selection of art from traditional paintings to elegant pottery to wild and wacky sculptures on sale—all at affordable prices! 15 artists are participating. Regardless of your favorite style of art, you’ll find something to suit your taste in Off the Wall! Time to start holiday shopping!

The Opening Reception on Saturday, October 21st (6:30-10:00 PM) will be a Souper Supper! Come and enjoy several varieties of warm, hearty, homemade dishes served in handmade ceramic bowls that you get to keep—along with bread, salad, and dessert. Beverages will be sold at the bar. The number of bowls is limited, so make sure to get there early!

$25 will buy you two plentiful and delicious servings of food, plus salad, bread and dessert! A variety of beverages will be on sale at the bar.

$15 for those of you who arrive too late to get a handmade bowl OR who don’t want one.

OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery – 117 Main St. - 2nd Floor – Ossining, NY 


Theodore Rousseau: A Barbizon Master

Theodore Rousseau - The Forest in Winter at Sunset - ca. 1846-67 - Oil on canvas - 64 x 102 3/8 in. (162.6 x 260 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (click photo for larger image)The Barbizon School was a group of landscape artists working in the area of the French town of Barbizon, south of Paris. They rejected the Academic tradition, abandoning theory in an attempt to achieve a truer representation of life in the countryside. They are considered part of the French Realist movement.

The Barbizon School artists are often considered to have sown the seeds of Modernism with their individualism, and they were the forerunners of the Impressionists, who took a similar philosophical approach to their art. Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867) is the best-known member of the group.

The work featured here is unrivaled for its scale and ambition. This monumental forest scene was begun early in Rousseau's career and remained unfinished at the time of his death. According to one account, Rousseau’s intention was to recreate the effect of a sunset he had seen in a section of Fontainebleau forest, in December 1845. “The tangled web of trees, denuded of foliage and suffused with deep color, conveys a sense of awe before nature that is amplified by the presence of two stooped peasants at the center.”


Did You Know?

Contrary to popular belief, Michelangelo painted the fresco ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—including the most famous panel called “The Creation of Adam,” which depicts God giving life to the first man—entirely standing up. The artist invented a series of scaffolds specifically designed to attach to the chapel walls, with brackets so he and his assistants could be close enough to the ceiling to reach above their heads to work and paint.

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