Au piano (c.1900). Louise Abbéma (French, 1853–1927). Oil on canvas.
Abbéma began painting in her early teens, and studied under such notables of the period as Charles Joshua Chaplin, Jean-Jacques Henner and Carolus-Duran. She first received recognition for her work at age 23 when she painted a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, her lifelong friend and possibly her lover.

Frau auf der Treppe, 1825, Caspar David Friedrich

Joseph Mallord William Turner. Moonlight, A Study at Millbank, 1797. Oil on panel, 31.5 x 40.2 cm. Tate Britain - London, United Kingdom.

Rain and Buttercups - Sandy Dooley

Henry Stacy Marks (1829-1898)
South African Crowned Cranes, oil on canvas, 63,5 x 122 cm.

The Iles d’Or c.1891by Henri-Edmond Cross


Gardens in Venice, from Jacopo de’ Barbari’s magnificent Veduta

"I am on firm ground in rejoicing in the little garden directly opposite our windows and in feeling that the gardens of Venice would deserve a page to themselves. They are infinitely more numerous than the arriving stranger can suppose; they nestle with a charm all their own in the complications of most back-views. Some of them are exquisite, many are large, and even the scrappiest have an artful understanding, in the interest of colour, with the waterways that edge their foundations. 

On the small canals, in the hunt for amusement, they are the prettiest surprises of all. The tangle of plants and flowers crowds over the battered walls, the greenness makes an arrangement with the rosy sordid brick.

Of all the reflected and liquefied things in Venice, and the number of these is countless, I think the lapping water loves them most.” 

-Henry James

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Porstrait of Clara Weil - Paul-César Helleu