Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 5-7 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard-copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

“CITY OF THE SOUL” AT THE MORGAN: A NEW KIND OF ROMANCE

July 27, 2016

Tags: Turner, Ingres, Corot, Louis-Jean Desprez, Bartolomeo Pinelli, Rembrandt

Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835), Carnival Scene, 1816. Pen and black ink, and watercolor over graphite. Roberta J. M. Olson and Alexander B.V. Johnson. Photography by Janny Chiu.
You didn’t have to shout to get me to the media preview of “City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics” at the Morgan Library and Museum (through September 11). I adore anything Romantic, but this show wasn’t what I expected—which is not to say that, once I understood how the Morgan defines “Romantic,” I didn’t like it -- a lot. (more…)

VON DAVID BIS DELACROIX

October 6, 2011

Tags: David, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix

Théodore Géricault (1791-1824). Leda and the Swan, ca.1816-17. Brown wash and blue watercolor, with black chalk, heightened with white gouache, on brown paper. Musée du Louvre, Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY. Photography: Jean-Gilles Berizzi.

To the unsophisticated art-lover, a drawing is merely lines made by a pencil or pen upon a piece of paper. To a museum curator, a drawing can be almost anything except a print, as long as it’s made on paper (sometimes not even then) This means that a drawing can be colored with (more…)