My Last Duchess and Other Poems by Robert BrowningThe Victorian poet Robert Browning (1812 –1889) is perhaps most admired today for his inspired development of the dramatic monologue. In this compelling poetic form, he sought to reveal his subjects true natures in their own, often self-justifying, accounts of their lives and affairs. A number of these vivid monologues, including the famed Fra Lippo Lippi, How It Strikes a Contemporary, and The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxeds Church, are included in this selection of forty-two poems.
Here, too, are the famous My Last Duchess, dramatic lyrics such as Memorabilia and Love among the Ruins, and well-known shorter works: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Home-Thoughts, from Abroad, Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, and more. Together these poems reveal Brownings rare gifts as both a lyric poet and a monologist of rare psychological insight and dramatic flair.
Charles Sheeler Artworks
THE restrospective of Charles Sheeler's work at the Whitney Museum of American Art has a dry, cautious feeling to it, as if there's not quite enough art on the walls or enough personality in the art. As seen here, Sheeler's career spans five decades, from to the late 's, in the media of painting, drawing and photography. From beginning to end, it is a remarkably consistent career - a modest, yet highly formal picturing of the world that seems never to have faltered in its restraint or its technique, but that never seems to have aimed very high either. His work is not fired by the same kind of transformative imagination. As an artist, he was foremost an inspired craftsman and skilled designer who celebrated craft and design by making the beautiful well-made thing the primary subject of his art. This thing could be an old stone barn or the inside of a house filled with Shaker furniture and hook rugs.
Seurat, Drawings and Paintings by Robert L. Herbert, First Edition
Painting from the Past: Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Charles Sheeler
The below artworks are the most important by Charles Sheeler - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist. The two worked in a shared studio space in Philadelphia during the week, and retreated to the quiet, ramshackle house in Doylestown at the weekend. Although in the s Sheeler's art would primarily be associated with America's urban and industrial landscape, he clearly cherished the quiet and solitude he found in rural Pennsylvania. Working at night and using a bright artificial light to create strong shadows while obscuring finer details, he created a series of photographs with daringly modernist compositions that emphasized the flat, geometric design of the house. Radiating what Sheeler described as "a welcome warmth," the 19 th -century stove replaced the older fireplace just glimpsed to the left as the center of this 18 th -century room.
In a period such as ours when only a comparatively few individuals seem to be given to religion, some form other than the Gothic cathedral must be found. Famous for both his photographs and the paintings he often made from them, Sheeler was an influential American artist for most of the first half of the 20 th century. Sheeler used both photography and painting, which he referred to as his 'separate eyes,' to capture the function, abstraction, and the human element of the American industrial and urban age. Sheeler found and captured the beauty of the functional design of factories, barns, and skyscrapers, but also the allure of the inherent geometric abstraction of these structures. He was considered one of the artists most in tune with the modernization and industrialization of America, as his work revealed how the American pioneer spirit had transferred from exploring natural frontiers to the technological and industrial progress of the nation.