“Medium Specificity in Nineteenth Century Watercolors: Winslow Homer and Julian Alden Weir”

In the watercolor Autumn Trees from 1878, Winslow Homer nicked the surface of his drawing to create curt, white marks seen across the swath of grass in the foreground of the scene. This enlivening technique, though present in the work of other artists including J. M. W. Turner, is unusual for Homer. It is likely the… Continue reading “Medium Specificity in Nineteenth Century Watercolors: Winslow Homer and Julian Alden Weir”

Aesthetics of the Nude: Childe Hassam and George Ault

In his 1988 treatise on Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), art historian Leo Steinberg asks us, “Are the anatomies of these women… a matter of changing taste, or of substituting the abstract expressiveness of sharp angles for anatomical curves?”[1] The subtext of Steinberg’s query is clear: is it the way the nude is… Continue reading Aesthetics of the Nude: Childe Hassam and George Ault

Mary Fairchild Low & Women Artists During WWI

Like their male peers, women artists depicted the atrocities of World War I, which was characterized by muddy land battles and stifling trench warfare, from a diversity of vantage points. Several of these iconic works were commissioned from the women directly by the Imperial War Museum in London, where many of them are still located.… Continue reading Mary Fairchild Low & Women Artists During WWI

Upcoming Exhibition: “Soaring Sights: Luminist Landscapes by Female Hudson River School Painters (1825-1875),” on View Feb. 6-April 20, 2017 at Hawthorne Fine Art

Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of its upcoming exhibition, Soaring Sights: Luminist Landscapes by Female Hudson River School Painters (1825-1875). Featuring a selection of women artists who were active throughout the nineteenth century, the exhibition focuses on these women’s contributions to the history of the Hudson River School, Luminism, and American… Continue reading Upcoming Exhibition: “Soaring Sights: Luminist Landscapes by Female Hudson River School Painters (1825-1875),” on View Feb. 6-April 20, 2017 at Hawthorne Fine Art

Marguerite Zorach and the Park Avenue Cubists

Marguerite Zorach, Flowers and Shells II, 1956, Hawthorne Fine Art, New York City. When we discuss women artists, it is crucial to remember that their careers were often defined by limited access to education and proper means for exhibition. In the case of Marguerite Zorach, who was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1887, the artist was… Continue reading Marguerite Zorach and the Park Avenue Cubists

Hawthorne Fine Art Announces the Release of its Annual Publication, Summer Reading

Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce the release of its annual publication, Summer Reading. Featuring a selection of works from the collection alongside complimentary passages by seminal American authors, Summer Reading encourages a dialogue between the disciplines of art and literature, which both expands and enriches the experience of viewing. The forthcoming edition centers… Continue reading Hawthorne Fine Art Announces the Release of its Annual Publication, Summer Reading

Picturing Public Space in New York City circa 1900

Artists have been recording the act of ‘promenading’ for display in public spaces since its rise in popularity in the late eighteenth century. The great French flaneur Constantin Guys (1805-1892) made several works depicting a promenade, which in Paris was “at once the activity of taking a stroll or a horse or carriage tour, and… Continue reading Picturing Public Space in New York City circa 1900