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We continue to look at the stories behind the famous paintings that inspired the McIntosh Mugs. Let's find out some amazing facts about Degas' The Dance Lesson.
5 Amazing Facts - Edgar Degas The Dance Lesson
Peter here from McIntosh Mugs. Edgar Degas’ The Dance Lesson is an intriguing Impressionist painting that is much more than it seems on first glance! Check out these amazing facts behind this famous masterpiece from 1879.
1. Edgar Degas was born in Paris, France in 1834. Degas became known as one of the founders of Impressionism but interestingly rejected the movement, and was actually one of its vocal critics, considering himself a realist.
2. Degas studied the masters, working at the Louvre at young age he was able to replicate famous paintings and on his later journey to Italy, he was able to study and reproduce artwork by Davinci and Rafael. This study of the early Masters led to his own mastery as a skilled artist.
3. Degas is known for his paintings of Ballet Dancers such as in the Dance Lesson, a subject he returned to over and over again. He would regularly visit the Paris Opera House to observe dancers and go backstage, in order to accurately capture their effort. Degas made more than 1,000 paintings of dancers throughout his life.
4. Degas was influenced by Japanese prints and this is reflected in the Dance Lesson, Notice how the large expanse of floor appears to tilt upwards while figures are deliberately placed off-centre or are cut off at unexpected angles.
5. The Dancers in the Dance Lesson to the left are exhausted, with the Dancer in the orange shawl sitting on a double bass. The Dancer in the pink shawl sits in a chair for a break, while the dancers to the far right continue practising their moves in the light of the large window.
Thank you for listening to these amazing facts about Edgar Degas’ The Dance Lesson. Visit our website www.mcintoshmugs.com to see the Fine Bone China Tea Mug inspired by this masterpiece. Plus, let us know in the comments what you think of this remarkable painting.
We continue to discover the stories behind famous Old Masters artwork which have inspired our fine bone china McIntosh coffee & tea mugs.
Peter here from McIntosh Mugs. Martin Johnson Heade’s Cattleya Orchid & Three Hummingbirds is a fascinating painting! Check out these amazing facts behind this famous 19th century masterpiece.
1. Martin Johnson Heade was an American artist born in Pennsylvania in 1819, but this and many other of his most famous paintings were inspired by and painted on his travels to the tropics, including Brazil in the 1860’s & 1870’s.
2. An early “painter of light”. Heade’s study of light and his mastery of the subject can be well seen in Cattleya Orchid & Three Hummingbirds as sunlight battles through the canopy of the misty jungle, while storm clouds threaten on the horizon.
3. The oil painting features three hummingbirds but upon close inspection two of the hummingbirds that are hovering are green-and-pink Brazilian amethysts and the hummingbird perched on the branch nearby is a red-tailed Sappho Comet.
4. This painting draws you in, and when you look closely, you discover not only the hummingbird’s nest but eggs inside the nest, making the hummingbirds presence and activity all the more poignant.
5. Heade’s orchid is beautiful and bold, opulent pink with light green stems and pods, dominating the painting on first glance. Heade’s asking us to think about nature and how this lonely defenceless orchid survives and thrives in the jungle environment.
Thank you for listening to these amazing facts about Martin Johnson Heade’s Cattleya Orchid and three hummingbirds. Visit our website www.mcintoshmugs.com to see the Fine Bone China Grande Mug inspired by this masterpiece. Plus, let us know in the comments what you think of this remarkable painting.
Peter here from McIntosh Mugs. One of our favourite tea mugs is Cezanne’s Still Life with Apples! Check out these amazing facts behind this famous post-impressionist masterpiece.
1. Cezanne was fascinated with apples. They were the centre of his attention, due to their variety in colour, and the simplicity and completeness of their form. Plus, they don’t spoil quickly! As his work was prolonged, this was an important consideration for the artist.
2. Cezanne was terrified of women. Many believe that due to this affliction the tormented Cezanne chose the study of apples as they are a symbol of Venus and an attribute of Eve.
3. The painting was transferred to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia after World War II. Taken from the Otto Krebs Collection in Germany by the Soviets in 1949, some claimed it was part of the booty of war, others claim it was taken illegally. The jury on this subject remains out to this day.
4. Still life paintings were considered the lowliest genre of its day, but Cezanne didn’t subscribe to this viewpoint, saying “painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations”.
5. Cezanne painted apples from different perspectives and viewpoints, straight on, above, and sideways, always experimenting. Cezanne proclaimed “With an apple I want to astonish Paris”, and he did!
Thank you for listening to these amazing facts about Paul Cezanne’s Still Life With Apples. Visit our website www.mcintoshmugs.com to see the Tea Mug with Lid & Infuser inspired by this masterpiece. Plus, let us know in the comments what you think of this remarkable painting.
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