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Daily Art Moment: Édouard Vuillard

Artist Édouard Vuillard found inspiration from the people closest at hand, as seen in our current special exhibition, Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889–1900. Vuillard’s mother, Madame Marie Vuillard, was a constant in her son’s life and in his art. More than 500 paintings in which she is depicted,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Private Lives

After resetting the clocks and settling in for a dark winter, I am reminded of the many scenes of lamplight in the exhibition Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889–1900. Families gathered around oil lamps, candles, or the hearth in tenebrous Parisian apartments. Each artist in the exhibition brought a…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Francisco de Goya

When it comes to bats, gremlins, witches, and bogeymen, it is hard to beat the graphic work of Francesco de Goya. In honor of #Halloween, I offer you four prints from our collection acquired in 2019. All four hail from Los Caprichos (Caprices), a series of 80 enigmatic, satirical, and frequently bizarre etchings published in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Pierre Bonnard

After a hot, dry, summer, I cheered the recent return of rain to Portland. More than 100 years ago, French artist Pierre Bonnard captured the magic of a rainy night in Paris. In the foreground, a woman with a plumed hat trimmed with red flowers moves to the right. Behind her, another parisienne gingerly steps…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Diego Rivera

It’s back-to-school time! In this lithograph of 1932, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera celebrates the importance of “education for all” as one of the guiding tenets of the Mexican Revolution. Here, an Indigenous woman instructs a range of students from young children to elders in an open field. Behind her, laborers prepare the soil for planting,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Beatrice S. Levy

As cooler temperatures roll in, I am already feeling nostalgic for summer. This moody etching by Beatrice S. Levy captures some of the longing and freedom of the season. Born in Chicago and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Levy quickly distinguished herself in both painting and printmaking. In 1915, Song…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Pierre Bonnard

As we enter the dog days of summer, I offer you seven pups by French artist Pierre Bonnard. Bonnard was a keen observer of animals, whether pampered pets or urban strays. In this lively lithograph, five dogs interact on an urban street. Well-groomed pets wearing collars mix with scruffy street dogs. Bonnard captures the distinctive…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Summer of Love

The summer of 1967 was filled with drugs, sex, and rock and roll, earning it the title “Summer of Love.” It was, in other words, Hot Vax Summer before any vaccine was needed! Psychedelic posters proliferated across the streets of San Francisco advertising concerts, happenings, and events. Recently, the Portland Art Museum received a distinguished…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Josef Albers

Artist, teacher, and color theorist Josef Albers spent decades refining his concepts of color relationships and form. Formulation: Articulation, published after his retirement from the art department at Yale University, is a compendium of Albers’s research. Albers considered this book to be a work of art in its own right—not purely didactic. In his words,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Edward Penfield

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This charming poster, advertising the June edition of Harper’s Magazine, gives a nod to the graduates of 1895. Artist Edward Penfield is credited with inventing the American publishing poster, a boom that thrived in the 1890s. Each month, Penfield created a lithograph to promote the magazine. He drew on…  Read more