Fine Arts

The Masters’ Thread: How the Engraver’s Mark Inspires Colleen Barry

“Portrait of a Man with a Cast in his Eye,” (Detail) 1521, by Lucas van Leiden (circa 1494–1533, The Netherlands). Charcoal and black chalk, with traces of white chalk, Nationalmuseum, Sweden. (Milene Fernandez/Epoch Times)
“Portrait of a Man with a Cast in his Eye,” (Detail) 1521, by Lucas van Leiden (circa 1494–1533, The Netherlands). Charcoal and black chalk, with traces of white chalk, Nationalmuseum, Sweden. (Milene Fernandez/Epoch Times)

In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how masterpieces inspire their current work. I am trying to understand how to...




  • “Woman in Grecian Gown,” (detail) circa 1894, by Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921) Oil and resin on canvas, glue lined, 54 inches by 38 inches. (Addison Gallery of American Art)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Thayer Inspires Jennifer Gennari

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  • This painting by Henri Felix Emmanuel Philippoteaux (1815–1884) depicts Lamartine, a reformist, before the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, rejecting the Red Flag on Feb. 25, 1848. The red flag represents terror, blood, and a "party's republic," Lamartine told the crowd. (Public Domain)

    Of ‘-isms,’ Institutions, and Radicals

    For many centuries, classical Western art was transmitted from generation to generation. Masters passed down their skills to disciples, who eventually became masters themselves, and... Read more

  • A landscape of Moscow architecture with the Borodinsky bridge, old classical buildings and modern city skyscrapers. (Dmitry Polonskiy/Shutterstock)

    Communism and Culture: Ugly, Sterile Buildings

    In the 1920s and ’30s, the “intelligentsia” in Europe and the liberal left in the United States became smitten with socialism and the grand Soviet... Read more

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    The Art of Architecture Celebrated at Eleventh Street Arts

    NEW YORK—Since the Renaissance, architecture has been called the mother of all the arts. Traditionally, architects had to master all of the other artistic skills of... Read more

  • "Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile," exhibited 1825, but subsequently dated 1826, by J.M.W. Turner.
Oil on canvas, 68 3/8 inches by 88 3/4 inches,
The Frick Collection (Michael Bodycomb)

    Luminous J.M.W. Turner Paintings in Fresh Context at The Frick

    NEW YORK—Land and sea, sky and sun, fascinated the great British painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). He traveled incessantly to ports and harbors to... Read more

  • Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 - 1867) 
Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845
oil on canvas
51 7/8 in. x 36 1/4 in. (131.76 cm x 92.08 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1927.
Accession number: 1927.1.81

    The Masters’ Thread: How Ingres Inspires Brendan Johnston

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) is a hero of... Read more

  • Penn Station, New York, circa 1911. (Public domain)

    The Grand Gateway in Waiting: Envisioning the New-Old Penn Station

    NEW YORK—Nostalgia and heartbreak for the original Pennsylvania Station has persisted since it was destroyed over half a century ago. The beauty of that beaux-arts... Read more

  • Richard Cameron, architectural designer and co-founder of Atelier & Co. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Jan. 19, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Affirming the Art in Architecture

    NEW YORK—When Richard Cameron shows up at a meeting with a portfolio full of handmade drawings, people are almost flabbergasted. The drawings almost take on... Read more

  • "The Triumph of Venus,"  1740, by François Boucher (French, 1703–1770). Oil on canvas. (Nationalmuseum of Sweden)

    Exquisite Art Chosen by a Man of Great Taste

    NEW YORK—A politician, courtier, diplomat, artist, writer, historian, philosopher, and art collector, the Swedish Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1695–1770) was multitalented but apparently not skilled in... Read more

  • Mandy Hallenius in front of her paintings at an exhibit. (Courtesy of Mandy Hallenius)

    Art Educator Mandy Hallenius: Classical Training in Art Opens Creative Choices

    Mandy Hallenius, an artist and art teacher, says children can master the skills needed to draw or paint whatever they can imagine. To help children... Read more

  • “Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls,” 1651, by Jan Jansz. Treck (circa 1606–1652). Oil on canvas, 30 by 25 inches. (The National Gallery, London)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Jan Jansz. Treck Inspires Carlos Madrid

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. I draw inspiration from the... Read more

  • Frederic Chopin at 25, by his fiancée Maria Wodzińska, (Public Domain)

    A Rare, Unknown Photo of Frederic Chopin Probably Found

    WARSAW, Poland—Poland’s culture institute in France says it believes a previously unknown photograph of Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin has probably been found by... Read more

  • Burton Silverman talks about his art and life in his studio at his home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York on December 20, 2016 (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    The Spark and Wisdom of Artist Burton Silverman

    NEW YORK—As his photo was being taken, Burton Silverman instinctively held on to a bunch of his paintbrushes with a relaxed, yet determined grip—the way... Read more

  • Portrait of Herman Doomer, 1640, by Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam).  Oil on wood, 29 5/8 by 21 3/4 inches. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Rembrandt Inspires Dale Zinkowski

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread,” artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. Most artists can recall that “one... Read more

  • "Orpheus Playing for Persephone and Eurydice in the Underworld," 2013, by Patricia Watwood. Oil on linen, 72 by 108 inches. (Courtesy of Patricia Watwood)

    Artist Patricia Watwood Imagines Transforming Worlds

    NEW YORK—A woman sitting on a rock by the sea reads a royal blue book. A pink stole draped over her knee swirls up around... Read more

  • Artist Gregory Mortenson at his studio in Manhattan, New York, on Dec. 11, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Artist Gregory Mortenson Exalts the Human Spirit

    NEW YORK—A year has passed since Gregory Mortenson reached that quintessential artist’s milestone—a one-man show at a top gallery in New York City. For three... Read more

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