Romance Through the Ages

Love is in the air!

Ah yes! It’s a fresh new start to the year, things have started to settle down, and February is slowly creeping onward. The florists are prepping, the jewelers are polishing up their finest, and the chocolatiers are whipping up their best creations. Everyone is getting ready for the most lovable holiday of the year. Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, are you ready? We are! So here’s a special love letter to you!

 

Dear Art Enthusiasts,

I’m sure most of us have had a few mixed emotions about this holiday. But, no need to get huffy! What we can tell you is that love is in the air, and Romance has been around through the ages. Whether you’re single and looking (or not), taken, or even married for years that you stopped counting; Romance will last through the ages.

 

 

For those of you singletons, don’t sweat it! One of the great things about love (that is commonly overlooked on the dreaded V-day) is you don’t have to have a significant other to appreciate this day. Everyone holds different interpretations; what’s yours? Years can pass by, and you won’t always have a date, but don’t take this as an offense. Love yourself. Respect yourself. Take a moment to remember that there’s always platonic love, and there’s nothing like love from your guardians. Take time to remember those that put in the effort to raise you, and help guide you into who you’ve become today. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about being single, or taken, it’s about respect for yourself and for others. Maybe you love your pet, your job, your hobby; whatever love you have embrace it! Celebrate it!

Let’s take a look at some interesting art from the days of yore all about romance, from our Collection. If you’re lucky, we’ll even hold your hand. But, don’t get frisky!

This cute couple shown here is a famous Impressionist Styled piece by Edouard Manet.

 

We’ve noticed many Tumblr fans would love to see Disney do an Impressionistic Movie. A fellow blogger has illustrated their interpretation below! Pretty neat right?

 

Here’s a young woman shown in elegance with a love letter and roses!

 

 

 

Sometimes you’ll see public displays of affection, love can do that to people. Like this young couple on the subway!

 

 

Or this couple from what looks like a long journey back to each other!

 

 

Here’s a couple so in love they’re dancing in the streets! Try it! Safely of course!

 

 

Robert Frost couldn’t have said it any better!

 

 

Love Always,

Global Gallery

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Impressed by Impressionism

Can you picture yourself in Paris? Send yourself back in time, around the 1800’s perhaps. It’s interesting isn’t it, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the sensation of being alive.

Pierre Auguste Renoir-Pont Neuf, Paris 

The Impressionist movement began in France with a few artistes, maybe you’ve heard of them: Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, & Pierre-Auguste Renoir just to name a few. They took what was the standard for art and threw the rules to the wind. Instead of painting images that were pompous and grandeur they depicted life differently. They proved that the everyday life can hold just as much beauty as a portrait of royalty.

Gustave Caillebotte-The Floor Scrapers

As with any revolutionary, or free thinker these artistes were criticized:

“Five or six lunatics, one of them a woman, have met here to exhibit their works. Someone should tell M. Pissarro forcibly that trees are never violet, the sky is never the colour of fresh butter, that nowhere on earth are things to be seen as he paints them.”-La Figaro, 1876

This movement shook things up, and paved the way for more radical thinking, creativity, and expression. It was shocking, pushed the boundaries, and embraced the common everyday as something special.

Claude Monet-An Orchard

We are so impressed by The Impressionism Movement  that we’ve decided to celebrate it by offering 30% Off of Everything in our gallery, giving you the opportunity to explore different Impressionist artists and the movement. But hurry, the sale ends Friday, 4/11!

Search Impressionism at Global Gallery here: http://bit.ly/1gS9Wk2

Wanting even more Impressionism? Check out The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s Intimate Impressionism Exhibit http://bit.ly/1lx26UD

Museum Exhibition of the Week: Impressionists on the Water

Sailboats at Argenteuil by Impressionist Artist Monet

Exhibition: Impressionists on the Water

Location: Legion Of Honor – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Dates: June 1, 2013 – October 13, 2013

Website: legionofhonor.famsf.org

Coinciding with San Francisco’s hosting of the America’s Cup races this summer is the Legion of Honor’s newest exhibition: Impressionists on the Water.  Another side of nautical life is revealed by more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro and Post-Impressionists such as Maurice Denis and Paul Signac—artists whose breathtaking artistry reflects their own deep understanding of pleasure boating and competition.

Paintings on loan from prestigious international collections, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and private collections will be joined by paintings and works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings.

Guest curators Christopher Lloyd, former keeper of Queen Elizabeth II’s collection; Phillip Dennis Cate, former director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; and renowned marine historian Daniel Charles will illuminate the personal interactions of leading French artists with yachting and, more broadly, underscore the important role that access to the sea and extensive inland waterways played in the development of the art, culture, and commerce of France.

Examination of the Impressionists’ engagement with boating as both pastime and artistic subject is at the heart of the exhibition. In the countryside west of Paris new patterns of life, including the idea of middle-class leisure, reflected the social and economic energies of an emerging modern world. Artistic innovations such as painting out of doors developed to capture the spirit and quick pace of recreational activities. The Impressionists’ brushwork suggests both the atmospheric effects and the sensations of movement that contribute to the invigorating experience of boating.

 

View our Impressionism Collection featuring masterworks by artists such as Gustave Caillebotte, Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh: http://www.globalgallery.com/search/style/impressionism/pg/5

Banks of The Seine at Argenteuil by Impressionist Gustav Caillebotte

Signac

 

Art Giveaway: Path In The Wheat at Pourville

Thanks to all who participated in our October Giveaway, and congrats to Stephanie N. of Nipomo, CA!

This November, in honor of Claude Monet’s birthday, we are giving away this amazing canvas piece. This is one of our most popular pieces by Claude Monet and it will make a wonderful addition to any home or office.

Path In The Wheat at Pourville, Claude Monet
retails for: $149.99
image size: 22 x 16 3/8 in.
finish style: gallery wrap

Click here to enter our November giveaway! Free art is good for you.


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