Maybe eleven Volvos are equal to one Rolls Royce Silver Coud, but is a work by John Singer Sargent equal to a Claude Monet? Such is the problem in dividing up well-heeled estates like that of Christopher Larson and Julia Calhoun. According to the Seattle Times, the biggest challenge in the recent divorce was dividing up the $102 … Continue reading But How do we Divide the Art?
This weekend I spent a couple hours with four paintings by John Singer Sargent in a new exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The four paintings were created when the artist was between the ages of 22 and 26, and represent a period of artistic development prior to the Amon Carter's own … Continue reading Sargent at the Amon Carter
I didn’t quite know what to expect from the San Antonio Museum of Art, but if the charm of the city was any indication I may be again surprised. The museum sits in an industrial area removed from the downtown tourist district. It is connected via the River Walk, however and a leisurely stroll could … Continue reading Brewing Up Art in San Antonio
On a visit to the Philbrook Museum of Art, most likely like other first-time visitors, I was immediately amazed by the 72-room Italian Renaissance mansion and its 23-acre garden. However, I agree with what the former director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art said: “what counts in a museum is above all the quality of … Continue reading Laura Clubb and Oklahoma’s Art Collection
John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet went together to paint outdoors. Sargent asked Monet if he could borrow some black. Monet replies, "black? I don't have black," to which Sargent replies, "then I can't paint!" I haven't verified the authenticity of this historical change, and it seems like it could have been contrived to convey … Continue reading The Agile Brush