Above is Matisse's Woman with Hat,

below is Duchamp's Nude descending a Staircase, and I am Steppin' Out.  Also Sonia Delaunay's Love of Circles.  She was one of the earliest and still a top Op Artist.

Chardin's Lady Taking Tea, and Renoir's Flowers in Vase.  Chardin was fascinated by teapots.  Great indoor paintings!  Here is a fancy French countess by Ingress, and a lovely water lily pond outside by Monet.  Ingres was an awesome photorealist, a prized skill before cameras were invented.  Look at her reflection, and the flowers in the shadows.  Whereas impressionists like Monet became all the rage once cameras were in common use, because this was a new way of looking at things.

The slight distortions and adventurist colorations of Impressionism caused fits of apoplexy among the Salonists of the gilded age, but progress could not be stopped, and the new (20th) century opened with some really weird stuff, like Cubism, leading directly into Abstractionism (if that is a word).  Here are two Picassos, from his early blue and pink period and his later signature both-sides-of-a-face at once ouvre.

Unlike the damsel who is this poor sap's object of affection.  He is (WInslow Homer's)

           Waiting for an Answer  

(I am Fred the California doggie.  When the real Fred doggie saw this commissioned portrait of himself, he barked!)

She had a little doggie just like me, and I would play with it and her ermine when the girls went out for Starbucks.

I will close with undoubtably one of the greatest works of art ever created in any medium, and my personal favorite painting.  This is Raphael's "La Disputa" (Disputation of the Holy Sacrament), a breathtakingly harmonious and majestic work.  Sure, it is a statement of Christian religious doctrine, but you don't have to believe in this particular faith or any religious tradition to admire its beauty. Look at it afresh, like you were one of the Tomato People, first time ever in this solar system and just landed on Earth.  Essentially, a bunch of guys are sitting and standing around talking about some thingamajig on a table and a bird.  No one fully understands what is going on, but everyone has an opinion. The discussion is animated but civil. Everyone gets a turn to talk.  At the end, you can bet a fancy sit-down meal will be served on both levels (presumably by all the women not in the picture), with each side toasting the other. And then they will watch the game.

Consult any good art history book for an explanation of the circles, projections, and other geometric devices that Raphael employs, to gain a deeper understanding of its symbolism and vision.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK4DBIMyHsEA

A special welcome to all my foreign visitors from China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and other distant locations.  Thingamajig is an English slang word synonymous with Doohickey, meaning a strangely shaped object that you do not know what to do with or how to otherwise describe. 

Georges la Tour's The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds is a more lighthearted treatment of the same subject.  The shady character is just that, but in this privileged whitest of white girls world, nothing too bad is going to happen.

Benton's paintings always look like he is doing drugs!   Here is another visionary artist - Chagall's Newlyweds at the Eiffel Tower

His paintings depict imaginary scenes of G-rated lovers, completely unlike the reality of war-torn Europe that he was so happy to escape from and come to the US.

I am Red Dress.  This is my grandmother - (Corot's Woman in) Blue Dress!  She is not playing her mandolin at this moment. That is what most of his women do.  He was also celebrated for painting hazy landscapes. 

Compare him to ​King Louis XIV (fourteenth) of France, Rigaud's most famous and greatest painting.  Similar poses, each regarding the viewer with a steady gaze, as I do (I am Embrace).

That's my friend Brigette tending (Manet's) Bar at the Folies-Bergere. She is having second thoughts about her boyfriend, [ yeah, he's always short of cash, and he doesn't kiss me like he means it.  I don't want to end up in a Toulouse-Lautrec painting - I can do better!].   so she is checking out boater boy who seems to be interested in her, too.   Below left are two of Jessica Park's finest works, the Flatiron building and Noah's Ark.​  She does not paint portraits.  But El Greco does, along with landscapes, all moody.  St. Pete in penitence, and Holy Toledo

To everyone, thanks so much for visiting, and come back soon!.  

Pictures on display change from time to time.  I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoyed selecting them for you.  Since art is personal, who cares what other people think, as long as you get something out of it.  But to my surprise, several authorities agree with my choices, for example.: 


and http://www.theartwolf.com/articles/most-important-painters.htm   

Let me also share with you a link for hundreds of fine American artists, all very good:


Hey, time to get off the beach - we got a wedding to go to tonight!

Not his famous Kiss, but another fine painting by Gustav Klimt, of Adele Bloch Bauer, his "golden girl".

I am Grace, and this is Vermeer's View of Delft

Also Mondrian's subdued Pier and Ocean.  Not sure if this qualifies as a Water Painting.  When you actually see it in person, the white spaces look pink.

Sage, what are you doing here?

   Well don't you think I should be here?

Yes, of course!  You are a truly great painting.  But no one has ever heard of you!

There is a strong hint about me in the Yams gallery.

Don't see it


But we will com back to you, Ms. Carpathia, because here is a modern painter who is giving Raphael a run for his money!

Who are you?

​I'm Metri di Trecce.  Call me Darren.

​Will Wilson painted both of us.

I am Dijon the daddy of Cocoa!  Below left is one of the zaniest paintings of the whole 20th century - Dali's visionary Temptation of Saint Anthony, and to the right is a powerful Alice Neel portrait.  She simply did not care about Abstract Expressionism.

The Top Three

Mona Lisa by Da Vinci,                    Starry Night by Van Gogh                       and Demoiselles of Avignon by Picasso


OK, and as long as we're in the Renaissance, it's time for some old church guys.

​Titian                      Michaelangelo                    Tintoretto

hang out in the hallway.  This painting reminds me of the great Velasquez painting of the Spanish princess all dolled up, also with the dark central interior.

Here is my friend Mario.  (Caravaggio's Boy with Basket of Fruit)   We're going to a party in Rome tonight.  I'll spare you the banana jokes.

Here are two wonderful visionary landscapes by self-taught artists Herni Rousseau (Waterfall) and Romare Bearden (Purple Eden). 

     I am Cocoa!!

The Mona Lisa is the

world's most famous painting

(Until FWB gets better known, of course)

So tell us about it. 

What's she smiling about?

                   She just found out she is pregnant.

Or maybe she has a hot date tonight, and is planning to get pregnant, more likely.

That's why it is such a great painting -

 not easy to paint such a faint, 

suggestive smile and wise,

warm eyes the way Leonardo has done.

Where is the painting?

Everything is on Google Images.

No, the actual physical painting.

The Louvre, in Paris France.  It always has

quite a crowd of people gaping at it.

I think Caravaggio inspired Arcimboldo and his Veggie Man   (I am the Foot Yam)

God Almighty, what's going to happen to me when I die? is what he's thinking.

    Unlike Raphael's Pope Leo X and his boy toy cardinals, who have other thoughts and definite plans for the future, centered around money and power, more so than ecclesiatical matters.  As Medicis, they are rulers of the Florentine city-state. 

Here is another party scene, but in a happier outdoor setting - Renoir's Boating Party  (Men still wore top hats then. And see below for when he goes bar-hopping)

Here is the river they were just on - Manet's Banks of the Seine.  

Caravaggio was a master of light and shadow, but also a man of passion and violence, and his paintings are a far cry from the blissful madonnas of his contemporaries.  In his  CardSharps, the boy is getting tricked out of his money and worse is to come.

If she doesn't say yes, we will have to consider Benton's Ballad  of the Jealous Lover.

[Yam Art Museum]

This is Da Vinci's Lady with Ermine, and take a look at her hands.  He made Lisa's hands a little more prominent than they needed to be, and he takes that to an extreme here.   As art historians note, her little friend copies her gesture with its paw.

Here is another hill which Christine is climbing.  She is handicapped and can't stand up, so this is how she gets around.  (Andrew Wyeth) 

And here is her girlfirend Donna Velata  by Raphael

No one could paint women more beautifully, although Renoir tried Twinkle, what are you doing here?  {Twinkle is Cocoa's mother}

I am Rhonda.  I think David Hockney was influenced by Cezanne, with a little bit of Georgia O'Keefe thown in - her Music pink and blue.

First, let's meet the guides

Speaking of paintings full of empty spaces, here is Edward Hopper's Western Motel, and Hopper himself.

This is Van Eyck's wedding.  Quite a outfit the man (boy?) is wearing.  But at least the dame is willing.

This is one of the hills in the French king's realm (Mont St. Victoire by Cezanne)

Cecelia Beaux was a master of warmer, more intimate scenes.  Her Last Days of Infancy, and her cat Sarita

I like to Set Sail myself some times.
And all the folks on Seurat's Grande Jatte Island like to watch me on Sunday .

   This is a big picture - it takes up a whole wall in Chicago's art museum

Five Six hundred years ago, the Popes had kids.

Here is Velasquez's Pope Innocent the 3rd and his grandsons.  Are they trying to pull a fast one on him, or attending to his needs?   And is he wise to them or not?  This ambiguity is part of the power of this painting. 

Velasquez also painted the pope himself, which is a more polished portrait - the folds and shading of the fabric create a lot of visual interest. 

Rebecca                                       Ramona

​Ruthie                                          Rhianna

​        and there will be others as well

Now for a few landscapes with people in them.Gaugin's ladies of Tahiti (Muse Arearea)  and Botticelli's Birth of Venus.  Violating the museum's no-nudity policy for the first and last time because the intent is not prurient, her face is sweet and beautiful, and the composition is so harmonious. 

The Fish with Booties says:

Welcome to The World's Greatest Paintings


A Yam Art Museum Museum

Here is John Singer Sargent's  Daughters of  Edward Boit.  They are also the daughters of Mary Cushing Boit, who must have been a good mother because the kids all look happy.  The 8 year old is looking after the 4 year old, while 12 and 14