The Shy Museumgoer

ART + HISTORY

When we thoughtfully run our eyes over a great painting, we carry with us something we didn’t have before. We take with us the artist’s way of looking at the world. Why is this valuable? Because it increases our potential to see the world and human experience in different ways.

Thank you for spending time on this site. I promise to regularly add stories about some wonderful paintings….

  • Who cancelled Berthe Morisot?

    Who cancelled Berthe Morisot?

    Berthe Morisot’s unusual brushwork was audacious — even for an Impressionist — and yet most contemporary critics reviewed her work favorably. Today she is the least-known member of this popular group of painters. The lady (almost) vanished. Where did she go?

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  • George Bellows: Last stop, 59th Street

    George Bellows: Last stop, 59th Street

    “Bellows paints the city in undress,” grumbled the New York Daily News, and they were right. But did the artist’s fidelity to the hard truth about urbanization necessarily thwart his ability to create beautiful paintings?

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  • Leonardo’s brazenly feminist portrait

    Leonardo’s brazenly feminist portrait

    During the Italian Renaissance, women were often portrayed as ideals, symbols, and allegories — even in their own portraits. Then one day Leonardo da Vinci said goodbye to all that.

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