Le Soir (detail) by Gabriel Ferrier (1847-1914)
oil on canvas, 1911
Joan of Arc by Albert Lynch (1851-1912)
engraving from Figaro Illustre magazine, 1903
Self Portrait in Studio (detail) by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
oil on canvas, 1865
Hi! I am going to be a college freshman this coming fall, and I will be majoring in art history...I was wondering if you have any advice? Thanks :) I adore your blog btw
Hi! Sorry this has taken so long for me to reply!
I’m assuming you’re living in America and in that case I can’t really give you that much advice, since the way art history is taught in America is different to the way it’s taught in the UK. However there are some tips I could give you I guess;
- If you have weekly assigned readings, read them, because most of the time your lecturers will ask you questions about them or you will have a seminar on the readings and it would just be easier for you to read the texts rather than just bullshitting your way through everything.
- Take advantage of things like Jstor and artstor!!!!! They can be lifesavers
- Also, if you can’t find a book in your library and you can’t be bothered to buy it from amazon, there’s a chance that it might be on google books.
- Speaking of google books, it’s always good to look for key words in there, you might find a book or an article or an essay relevant to whatever you’re doing
- Seek out primary sources- texts written by artists, contemporary critics, newspaper articles, journal articles, etc.. They’re really really really important.
- I would suggest that when writing an essay, do the referencing along the way. It may be a hassle but it makes life so much easier.
- ummm what else… I can’t really think of anything more to say?
Here’s a great resource for undergrads by the way, it really helped me when I was about to start my degree (and I’m pretty sure it’s moreso tailored towards American students?) - http://caravaggista.tumblr.com/forundergrads
Cupid and Psyche by Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933)
oil on canvas, 1891
The Rome-based Swynnerton was one of the most daring female painters of the nude, often shocking audiences with her robustly painted figures. Despite receiving some training at the Manchester School of Art and the Académie Julian, Swynnerton was largely self-taught which may explain the originality of her technique and vision. […] Her treatment of the nude was more vivid and naturalistic, enlivened by a bold expressive manner.
~Exposed: The Victorian Nude, ed. by Alison Smith (Exhibition catalogue)
Ligeia Siren by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
Coloured chalk on paper (?), 1873
The Sense of Sight (+ details) by Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933)
oil on canvas, 1895
At the First Touch of Winter, Summer Fades Away by Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)
oil on canvas, 1897
Portrait of Lily Elsie by Sir James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923)
oil on canvas, ca. 1916
Matilda or Beatrice by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
oil on canvas, c.1915