Blog Posts tagged with british art

A Summer Walk by Dorothea Sharp

Impressions of Innocence: Dorothea Sharp

Posted: July 25, 2016 15:34 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Spontaneity. Pure color. Rapid brushstrokes. These and more are words that come to mind when envisioning the impressionist style, and all embody the oeuvre of the British artist Dorothea Sharp. Yet, unlike the Impressionists who came before her and served as her inspiration, Sharp’s extraordinary canvases also evoke another word: innocence. Her charming scenes capture the simple joys of childhood through swift brushstrokes and bright hues that mimic the energetic lightness of youth. Perhaps more than any other British artist, she understood the simple pleasures of everyday life through the...


Godward's "Phyleis" renders the Greek tragedy with an exquisite color palette and meticulous detailing

Misunderstood Genius: British Neoclassical Artist John William Godward

Posted: August 27, 2014 11:44 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Known as the most talented Neoclassical painter of all time, John William Godward’s (1861-1922) Classical-inspired canvases, with their sensual subjects and scrupulous attention to historical detail, reflect a complexity and sensitivity unlike those composed by any other artist of the Victorian era. Godward’s technical skills were second to none. His works were often compared to those of Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema (to whom Godward was a protégé) depicting Greco-Roman themes with maidens draped in sheer fabrics. Yet, the artistic prowess of the two masters could not be more distinct. Go...


"Barine" is a recent rediscovery in the oeuvre of the great Sir Edward John Poynter

Beauty Rediscovered: M.S. Rau Antiques Finds Forgotten Poynter Painting

Posted: October 15, 2012 16:26 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

After being in business for 100 years, you would think that it would be a tough task to surprise us. After all, the fine art and antiques that M.S. Rau Antiques deals with are older than the company itself. Where's the surprise in that? But for me, the most rewarding aspect of our business is that there's always something new to discover. Or in this particular case...rediscover. I was in Europe earlier this year attending an art exhibition. I was on the last leg of my trip and was actually rushing to catch my train when I caught a glimpse of a magnificent, unsigned painting attributed t...


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