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Great collection at Harvard Art Museums shines, pt 1

The Black Countess, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1881; long a mystery, in 2019 it was discovered that the countess is likely Anne Justine Angele Delva de Dalmarie, a member of the aristocracy from Haiti known in Paris for her fabulous parties

The Black Countess, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1881; long a mystery, in 2019 it was discovered that the countess is likely Anne Justine Angele Delva de Dalmarie, a member of the aristocracy from Haiti known in Paris for her fabulous parties

Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, Edgar Degas, c. 1881-90; in 1872, the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge revolutionized perceptions of motion by developing a stop-action camera; Degas then modeled his horses after such photographs

Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, Edgar Degas, c. 1881-90; in 1872, the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge revolutionized perceptions of motion by developing a stop-action camera; Degas then modeled his horses after such photographs

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, c. 1901; this piece, at the beginning of Picasso's Blue Period, reflects Picasso's concern for social issues after he visited a prison-hospital; the influence of El Greco is evident with the attenuated limbs

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, c. 1901; this piece, at the beginning of Picasso's Blue Period, reflects Picasso's concern for social issues after he visited a prison-hospital; the influence of El Greco is evident with the attenuated limbs

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; in early 1888, van Gogh moved to Arles, in the south of France, where he hoped to establish an art colony; he encouraged other artists there to paint themselves

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; in early 1888, van Gogh moved to Arles, in the south of France, where he hoped to establish an art colony; he encouraged other artists there to paint themselves

Seated Figures, Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Pierre Seurat, 1884-85; Seurat made roughly 30 studies for his enormous masterpiece (definitely worth seeing at the Art Institute of Chicago!)

Seated Figures, Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Pierre Seurat, 1884-85; Seurat made roughly 30 studies for his enormous masterpiece (definitely worth seeing at the Art Institute of Chicago!)

Eugenie Graff (Madame Paul), Claude Monet, 1882; Monet reserved the painting of portraits for his closest associates; he stayed with the Pauls for 2 months at their hotel in Normandy

Eugenie Graff (Madame Paul), Claude Monet, 1882; Monet reserved the painting of portraits for his closest associates; he stayed with the Pauls for 2 months at their hotel in Normandy

Upper Deck, Charles Sheeler, 1929; this piece is a quintessential work of the American precisionist movement; based on a photograph, Sheeler stripped away many extraneous details to streamline his composition

Upper Deck, Charles Sheeler, 1929; this piece is a quintessential work of the American precisionist movement; based on a photograph, Sheeler stripped away many extraneous details to streamline his composition

Red and Pink, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; this work was a commission for the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Co, the largest American producer of the fabric in the 1920s; it was reproduced in ads beginning in 1926

Red and Pink, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; this work was a commission for the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Co, the largest American producer of the fabric in the 1920s; it was reproduced in ads beginning in 1926

Analogia I, Victor Grippo, 1970-71; one of Latin America's most influential conceptual artists, Grippo here symbolizes the people whose collective power is controlled by the authoritarian state; this was among the more thought-provoking pieces

Analogia I, Victor Grippo, 1970-71; one of Latin America's most influential conceptual artists, Grippo here symbolizes the people whose collective power is controlled by the authoritarian state; this was among the more thought-provoking pieces

Three Figures with Furniture-Like Forms, Oskar Schlemmer, 1929; at the Bauhaus, where he led the sculpture and theater workshops from 1921 to 1929, Schlemmer's devotion to figuration distinguished him from colleagues that were exploring pure abstraction

Three Figures with Furniture-Like Forms, Oskar Schlemmer, 1929; at the Bauhaus, where he led the sculpture and theater workshops from 1921 to 1929, Schlemmer's devotion to figuration distinguished him from colleagues that were exploring pure abstraction

Hercules and Omphale, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1535; this work belongs to a secular genre in German Renaissance art known as Weibermacht. images illustrating the power of women; according to classical mythology, Hercules was enslaved for 3 years by Omphale

Hercules and Omphale, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1535; this work belongs to a secular genre in German Renaissance art known as Weibermacht. images illustrating the power of women; according to classical mythology, Hercules was enslaved for 3 years by Omphale

This Italian marriage chest (c. 1475-1500) illustrates two of Petrarch's Triumphs, the Triumph of Chastity on the left and Triumph of Love on the right; imagine the world events that have occurred since 1475!

This Italian marriage chest (c. 1475-1500) illustrates two of Petrarch's Triumphs, the Triumph of Chastity on the left and Triumph of Love on the right; imagine the world events that have occurred since 1475!

George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, c. 1795-96; Stuart painted nearly 100 portraits of Washington (every museum seems to have one) which have seared the image of the 'father of our country' into the national consciousness

George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, c. 1795-96; Stuart painted nearly 100 portraits of Washington (every museum seems to have one) which have seared the image of the 'father of our country' into the national consciousness

Miss Alice Kurtz, Thomas Eakins, 1903; this portrait was commissioned by the sitter's father, a prominent Philadelphia banker; he was displeased with the portrait and stored it in his attic for 20  years

Miss Alice Kurtz, Thomas Eakins, 1903; this portrait was commissioned by the sitter's father, a prominent Philadelphia banker; he was displeased with the portrait and stored it in his attic for 20+ years

Victor Chocquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1875; as a boy, Renoir had a great talent for singing but due to his family’s financial situation, was forced to quit; he got an apprenticeship at a porcelain factory where his talent for painting was noticed

Victor Chocquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1875; as a boy, Renoir had a great talent for singing but due to his family’s financial situation, was forced to quit; he got an apprenticeship at a porcelain factory where his talent for painting was noticed

Charing Cross Bridge: Fog on the Thames, Claude Monet, 1903; Monet visited London 3 times between 1899 and 1901 for a total of 7 months; he would rent the same room at the Savoy Hotel from which he could paint this view of the Thames

Charing Cross Bridge: Fog on the Thames, Claude Monet, 1903; Monet visited London 3 times between 1899 and 1901 for a total of 7 months; he would rent the same room at the Savoy Hotel from which he could paint this view of the Thames

Favrile Vase, Tiffany Glass Co., 1900; Tiffany's naturalistic art glass catered to elite Americans' taste for singular, handmade objects at a time when uniform, mass-produced objects were proliferating

Favrile Vase, Tiffany Glass Co., 1900; Tiffany's naturalistic art glass catered to elite Americans' taste for singular, handmade objects at a time when uniform, mass-produced objects were proliferating

Spring Bouquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1866; for many French artists during the 1860s, the floral still life persisted as a test of pure painterly ability; instead of applying the paint with a palette knife, Renoir solely used a brush

Spring Bouquet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1866; for many French artists during the 1860s, the floral still life persisted as a test of pure painterly ability; instead of applying the paint with a palette knife, Renoir solely used a brush

Madame Pierre Henri Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this is one of two pendant portraits that Renoir painted of his elder brother and his wife; when paired, the sitters look across at each other in the 'en regard' format

Madame Pierre Henri Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this is one of two pendant portraits that Renoir painted of his elder brother and his wife; when paired, the sitters look across at each other in the 'en regard' format

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