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Academies and History Painting in Latin America “The Royal Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City, founded in 1785, was the first academy of art in America, and the only one established under colonial rule…. In Brazil, the Academia Imperial de Belas Artes was founded in Rio de Janeiro…in 1826 with the French painter J.B. Debret, who trained in David’s studio, as director…. In Peru, the Academy was founded in 1919….” (coinciding with the arrival of avant-garde modern art) Dawn Ades
Natalia Majluf, “Ce n’es pas le Peru,” or, the Failure of Authenticity: Marginal Cosmopolitans at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855” “The movement of artists and intellectuals from Latin America to metropolitan centers (and usually back) increased dramatically after independence from Spain in the early nineteenth century…young Creole Americans traveled to Paris, London, and Rome not as exiles or émigrés but as cosmopolitans, as participants in a world culture.” “…but the international community has systematically rejected any sign of their sameness.” (Majluf)
Francisco Laso, The Indian Potter (or Dweller in the Cordillera), 1855, o/c, 4’4” H., Lima “The same comparative context that rejected the cosmopolitanism of the Latin American artists served simultaneously to locate France at the very center of the international art scene.” Majluf
José Ferraz de Almeida Junior (Brazil ), The Guitar Player, 1899, o/c, 56” H, Pinocoteca do Estado de Sao Paolo Academic genre paintings - “costumbrismo”
(left) Aztec goddess, Coatlique, c C.E. discovered in 1790, Mexico City; (right) Praxiteles, Hermes & Dionysus, 4 th Century B.C. The Royal Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City was thoroughly European in its aims and practices. Students studied from a selection of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures sent from Spain. The question of “beauty” of European versus ancient indigenous Mexican work was discussed.
Juan Cordero (Mexico, ), The Bather, c.1860, oil on canvas, 59 X 45 in. Cordero’s draped nude shocked Mexican visitors at a 1864 exhibition in Mexico City.
Felix Parra, Friar Bartolomé de las Casas, 1875, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City. The woman turns to the Christian friar and not the Aztec god.
Juan Cordero (Mexico, ), Columbus Before the Catholic Monarchs, 1850, o/c, 68” H. First history painting of an American subject seen by Mexican viewers. Academic history paintings were popular in the New World.
José Maria Obregón, The Inspiration of Columbus, 1856, oil, 58” high
José Maria Obregón, Discovery of Pulque, 1869, oil on canvas 73 x 91 in., Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City Xochitl, who discovered pulque, presents it to Tecpancaltzin Academic Neoclassicism in Mexico
Impressionism "All that is solid melts into air" (Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto, 1848) "Capture your Moments" (Kodak ad, 1888)
IMPRESSIONISM – Paris, the 1870s Quiz question for Thursday, May 14 th : Exactly what was so “Avant-garde” and “modern” about Impressionism? How can it have been radical when it is so easy to like, not at all “shocking”? Use at least three works of art, fully identified, by three artists as examples.
(left) Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Claude Monet. 1875, o/c, Musée d'Orsay, Paris (right) Claude Monet. Self-Portrait. 1886, o/c, private collection, Paris (center) Edouard Manet, Portrait of Monet, 1880, india ink on paper, Musée Marmottan
(left) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) Color Theory, (center) Michel-Eugène Chevreul, color wheel, c —First Kodak Camera
Map of France showing Impressionist and Post- Impressionist locations for painting en plein aire (in the open air).
James Whistler (American expatriate in London) - Harmony in Blue and Silver, Trouville, 1865
James Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, 1875 Oil on wood, 23 3/4 x 18 3/8 in. (60.3 x 46.6 cm) Detroit Institute of Arts 3/rpower/archives/ html Information re slander suit against John Ruskin “I have seen, and heard, much of cockney impudence before now; but never expected a coxcomb to ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face” - Ruskin, 1877 review 3/rpower/archives/ html
Gustave Courbet, Low tide, Trouville, 1865
Eugène Boudin (French, ), (top) Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville, 1864; (bottom) Boudin, The Beach at Deauville, 1863, oil on canvas. Painted out of doors, “en plein air.” Influential teacher/mentor of Claude Monet
(top) Claude Monet, The Beach at St-Address, 1867 Bottom) Boudin, View of Portrieux,1865
Precursor painters – sources of Impressionism
John Constable (English), The Haywain, 1821
Constable, Cloud Study, 1822, Oil on paper laid on board,12 x 19 1/4 inches Courtauld Institute Galleries, London
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, ), Rain, Steam & Speed: The Great Western Railroad, exhibited in 1844 at the Royal Academy, London, oil on canvas. Romantic landscape painter studied by Claude Monet in London in1870 (in refuge from the Franco-Prussian war.
Eugene Delacroix (French Romantic painter), (top) Tiger Hunt, 1854 (bottom) Odalisque, 1855, oil on wood with source photographic study Gestural painting and optical theory. Orientalist, not a Painter of Modern Life “Delacroix, an alchemist of color, miraculous, profound, mysterious, sensual, awesome: explosive color and subdued color, a penetrating harmony. The gestures of man and animal. The scowl of the beast, the snufflings of animality.” - Charles Baudelaire
(left) Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Madame Leblanc 1823 Oil on canvas. Metropolitan MA, New York City; Eugène Delacroix. Self Portrait. c oïl on canvas. Louvre, Paris
Claude Monet, Luncheon on the Grass, oil on canvas, 165 x 59 in Musée d’Orsay, Paris
(left) Claude Monet, Dejeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), 1866, Oil on canvas. Edouard Manet, Dejeuner sur l’herbe, 1863
Claude Monet, Women in the Garden, , oil on canvas, 8’4” x 81”
Claude Monet, La Grenouillère ("The Frog Pond"), 1869, oil on canvas, 29 x 39 in. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Claude Monet, La Grenouillère, 1869 Auguste Renoir, La Grenouillère, 1869, 26 x 32 in. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm Painted side by side at Bougival on the Seine river
Claude Monet, The Thames at Westminster, 1871, Oil on canvas, 47 x 72.5 cm (18 1/2 x 28 1/2"), National Gallery, London. Monet left France for England to escape the Franco Prussian war and was not in Paris during the seige or Commune.
First Impressionist Exhibition 15 April 1874: “Exhibition of the Société Anonyme of Painters, Sculptors, and Printmakers” (left) Nadar (Gaspard-Felix Tournachon) ( ) Nadar¹s Studio at 35 Boulevard des Capucines’ (right) Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873 (31 1/4 x 23 1/4") A new “modern” view: one of Baron Haussmann’s new boulevards
Edward Anthony (American, 1818–1888) & Henry T. Anthony (American, 1814–1884) Broadway on a Rainy Day, 1859; Albumen silver prints from glass negatives, each 3x3 in., stereograph. (right) Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873 (31 1/4 x 23 1/4") Compare: Stop-action or "instantaneous" stereographic urban views by the Anthony brothers, New York’s first manufacturers of cameras and photographic supplies, with Monet’s flickering “impression.” Which is more “real”?
Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise 1873
Monet, Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil, 1874 Anonymous, photo of the Argenteuil Railway Bridge, c The Impressionist Eye is, in short, the most advanced eye in human evolution Jules Laforgue
Claude Monet, The Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877, National Gallery, London
(left) Katsushika Hokusai, South Wind, Clear Dawn, from Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji, c , color woodblock, 10 x 15” (right) Claude Monet, Haystack, Sunset, 1891, oil on canvas, 28 x 36in, MFA Boston Monet’s 23 views of haystacks (1891-2) under various light conditions is thought to be influenced by Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji. Monet owned a copy of this print by Hokusai. “People are not sufficiently aware of how much our contemporary landscape Artists have borrowed from these pictures, especially Monet, whom I often encounter at Bing’s in the little attic where Levy is in charge of the Japanese prints.” Edmund de Goncourt, 1892
Monet, Rouen Cathedral, the West Portal, Dull Weather, dated 1894, painted 1892 oil on canvas 39 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (100 x 65 cm) Musée d'Orsay, Paris /swf/ Click for information about Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, , and reproductions of most of the paintings. /swf/
Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral, the West Portal and Saint-Romain Tower, Full Sunlight, Harmony in Blue and Gold, dated 1894, painted 1893, Oil on canvas, 42 1/8 x 28 3/4 in. Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Claude Monet, Water Lilies (The Clouds) 1903 Oil on canvas (29 3/8 x 41 7/16 in.) Private collection
Monet's home and garden at Giverny (below right) Studio constructed for the Nympheas (Water lilies) Series
(left) Utagawa Hiroshige, Wisteria Blooms Over Water at Kameido, from One Hundred Views of Edo, c. 1857, color woodblock 14 x 9 in. Brooklyn MA (below) Claude Monet, Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899, oil on canvas, Princeton University
(left) photoportrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (right) Frédéric Bazille, Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1867, Oil on canvas, (37 x 32 1/3 in); Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Claude Monet, La Grenouillère, 1869 Auguste Renoir, La Grenouillère ("The Frog Pond") 1869 Painted side by side at Bougival on the Seine river
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Dance at the Moulin de La Galette (Montmartre), 1876
( left) Auguste Renoir, Torso of a Woman in Sunlight, 1876 (Impressionism, considered first modern, democratic art movement, born out of the class revolution that brought down the Ancien Régime) Hedonism and veiled eroticism (right) Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Bathers, 1756 (Rococo, considered the cultural epitome of French aristocracy, the Ancien Régime swept away by the class revolutions beginning in 1789) Hedonism and veiled eroticism
Mary Cassatt (American, ), Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1978, oil on canvas, 35 X 51” (88.9 x cm). Point of view, photographic cropping, sensuous immediacy = modern painting
(left) Auguste Renoir, The Loge, 1874 (right) Mary Cassatt, In the Loge, 1880
Mary Cassatt, In the Omnibus, drypoint and aquatint in colors, series of 10, Suzuki Harunobu, (Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaker) ) Women and Child, woodblock print, c.1750 Ukiyo-e prints were key source for modernist form - flatness, rejection of Renaissance illusionism - but also in content: daily life of the middle and working classes.
Women's Building, Sophie Hayden, architect, World Columbian Exhibition of 1893 in Chicago, featuring Cassatt’s Modern Woman mural, 12’- 58’ (lost)
Young Women Picking Fruit of Knowledge and Science, 1892 Women’s Building, Chicago Worlds Fair Center panel
Mary Cassatt, Young Women Picking Fruit, 1891/92, oil on canvas, 52 x 36 in (132 x 91.5 cm.) Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
(below) Edgar Degas, The Tub, 1886, pastel on paper, 23 x 32” (left) Katsushika Hokusai, Women at the Public Bath, from the Manga vol. I, c. 1820, color woodblock, 7 x 4” In the manga, Degas said, he found relief from Western art’s obsession with “the female form divine.” European artists continually borrowed motifs from the manga. Both subject matter – contemporary woman bathing – and style that was considered radically anti-academic and modern, are directly influenced by Japanese art.
Motion Photography and the Beginnings of Cinema Eadweard Muybridge, 1879
Eadweard Muybridge (Edward James Muggeridge, British ), AKA “Helios” San Francisco Landscape photographer, Valley of the Yosemite, ca.1867 Muybridge’s five-month trip to the Yosemite Valley in 1867 yielded 260 published views, 160 of them stereographs. His were among the most celebrated images taken of the Valley.
Eadweard Muybridge (Edward James Muggeridge, British ), Galloping Horse, Motion Study: Sallie Gardner, owned by Leland Stanford, running at 1.40 gait over the Palo Alto track, June 19, 1879, wet plate collotype, a sequence of photographs with 12 cameras Muybridge began the project in In 1878, he succeeded in taking a sequence of photographs with 12 cameras that captured the moment when the animal’s hooves were tucked under its belly. Publication of these photographs made Muybridge an international celebrity.
Edgar Degas, At the Races, 1877–1880, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, informed by Muybridge’s photography.
Eadweard Muybridge, The Zoopraxiscope, projector presented in autumn of 1879 The private gathering that watched the first Zoopraxiscope projections at Mayfield Grange, the home of Muybridge's sponsor, Leland Stanford at Palo Alto farm, in the autumn of 1879 has the distinction of being one of the earliest motion picture audiences.
Zoopraxiscope disc and detail of stencil
Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion: Man Shoveling (Self Portrait), 1895 University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Eakins (American Realist Painter, ), George Reynolds: Seven Photographs, 1883, albumen print, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (lower left) Motion Study: male running jump to left, ca. 1885, (lower right) Motion Study: female nude, blindfolded, walking to left, ca Eakins approached the human figure with the analytical eye of a scientist.
(left) Thomas Eakins, The Swimming Hole, oil on canvas, (right) Eakins Eakins's Students at the Site for Swimming, albumen print, ca.1884
Thomas Eakins, Max Schmitt in a Single Scull, 1871, oil on canvas, c.32X46” (82x117cm), Metropolitan Museum, NYC
Etienne-Jules Marey (French Physiologist 1830–1904), Photographic Gun: camera with a rotating plate capable of taking rapid sequence of separate images. (below) Marey, Pelicans in Flight, c.1882 Marey saw Muybridge’s motion photographs when they were published in Paris in Muybridge’s multi-camera system wasn’t scientific enough for Marey.
Marey, Chronophotographic study of Man Pole Vaulting, , albumen silver print Marey used dry photographic plates, faster than the wet plates Muybridge used, and an ordinary camera with its lens left open. Behind the lens, Marey put a rotating metal disk that had from one to ten slots cut into it at even intervals. As the subject, dressed in white, moved in front of a black background, the rotating shutter exposed the glass plate, creating a sequence of images.
Thomas Eakins, Motion Study using Marey’s wheel camera, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1885
Edgar Degas (French Realist/Impressionist Painter and Sculptor, ) Frieze of Dancers, 1895, oil on canvas, 27 3/4 x 79” Multiple views of a single figure, an approach that violated the traditional notion that a painting must represent a unity of time, place, and viewpoint