All posts in category Impressionism

What’s in a wall text? At galleries, it may be masking an artist’s heritage

…Across town at the Phillips Collection, wall texts accompanying the four Degas paintings on display identify the artist as Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas. The Phillips also uses the full names of Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin and Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix alongside their paintings, but curiously it truncates several other artists’ names, including Ignace-Henri-Jean-Theodore Fantin-Latour, Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro, Morris Louis […]

How Alfred Dreyfus Laid the Foundations for Blogging and Social Networking

The public trial for treason of French Jewish captain Alfred Dreyfus has proven fodder for everything from anti-Semitic walking cane handles to a riot-inducing 1931 play and another play in 1974, which the New York Times panned as a flop. Roman Polanski is reportedly directing a film about Dreyfus, which is no wonder, since the […]

Tracking Manet’s Mysterious Jewish-Painter Friend Down the Rabbit Hole

Cast in the Art Institute of Chicago’s major exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” (through Sept. 29), jointly organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay, certain paintings expose their undergarments so to speak. At first blush, the crowd-pleaser Georges Seurat’s pointillist “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884,” of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” […]

Seinfeld’s George on Impressionism

“I find the soothing pastoral images very conducive…,” says George Costanza of his love for thumbing through Impressionism catalogs in book store bathrooms.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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