Pygmalion and Galatea (1797). Louis Gauffier (French, 1761-1801). Oil on canvas. Manchester City Galleries.
A mythological scene from Ovid, depicting Aphrodite breathing life into the statue of Galatea. Cupid follows, aiming his bow and arrow at the statue. Pygmalion, King of Cyprus stands gazing up at the statue. A tripod altar stands, smoking with burnt offerings, there is a fallen statue head on the ground.
Reproduction of “The World” by John Speed, 1627. It was reproduced by Rand McNally from printed maps in the Library of Congress.
The Cello Player. Franz Xaver Wölf or Wölfl (Austrian 1896-1990). Oil on panel.
Wölfl’s subjects include still lifes, landscapes and figurative genre scenes. His paintings are vibrant, responding wonderfully to the intensity of light and atmosphere. With his interiors he became the perfect recorder of that glorious period in which the well-to-do British Society of the 18th century dressed richly.
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Night Cafe (2012). Sally Storch (American, 1952-). Oil on canvas.
Storch cites Edward Hopper and Thomas Hart Benton as great inspirations. She combines their style with that of the early Ash Can and Regionalist schools of New York to create passionate contemporary paintings that incite feelings of timelessness and romance.
Painter’s Inspiration (1897). Jacek Malczewski (Polish, 1854-1929). Oil on canvas.
The vision of the eternal muse Polonia appears to the artist. Like a sleepwalker, Polonia presents a disquieting rather than reassuring image, with a tattered army greatcoat falling from her shoulders, a straw crown hanging from her head, and a soap bubble borne carefully before her—the symbols of degradation, betrayal and illusion.
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