3/15/2013

Paintings of Spring: Doug Ferrin's choices

Artist Douglas Ferrin has chosen two favorite paintings of spring for today's post: 

Jean-François Millet Spring or Le Printemps oil on canvas 1868-1873
Here's a spring painting that has always stuck with me, and reminds me of one of Jim McVicker'sJean-François Millet's "Spring". 
I'm always filled with an exciting sense of dread when the sun hits the land in the foreground and the sky behind is dark. In this painting the storm seems to have passed, but I also like the same contrast when the storm is coming.

John SInger Sargent Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose oil on canvas 1885-6

This Sargent is more or less a spring painting. It's one of my favorite paintings and I love the way the whites and near whites are so similar yet stand out as different colors. Also it's interesting that the orange of the lights is darker than many of the whites.
Thank you Doug!

The month of March will be dedicated to the theme of spring. Have some favorite paintings of the season of spring by other artists you'd like to share? Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to describe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

1 comment:

  1. I love the painting 'Spring' by Millet. I saw it in the flesh back in 2000. I may have never painted a rainbow myself had I not been aware of this painting. It's stunning, moody and has always carried a strong effect with me.

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