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Turpentine Diaries

Aug 3, 2022

I discuss the great Dutch Golden age artist David Teniers.

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The PDF contains illustrations of all the paintings I discuss.

Mar 11, 2020

I talk about a well-known artist whose experiments with mediums and techniques led to some tragic failures. A cautionary tale. I also discuss why I visit art museums so much.

Oct 24, 2019

Where and when did modern art start?

Jul 9, 2019

I talk about the history of the French Academy of Fine Art and defend it from charges of kitsch. Artists mentioned: David, Manet, Courbet, Watteau, and Fragonard among others.

May 19, 2019

I pick up last episode's discussion about Clement Greenberg and the avant-garde and kitsch, and talk about academic art. Artists mentioned: Gerome, David, Bouguereau, Ingres, and Thomas Couture.