A small gallery of works by Melville Holmes with recurring themes of the human figure, the “Beautiful City,” objects of contemplation, and idyllic landscapes.
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One of Holmes’s earliest impressions of art came from a book that his mother checked out from the library in 1963. It was Chardin by Georges Wildenstein. If one concurs with the opinions reported therein to have been held by Chardin’s contemporaries, it is that no one should ever again paint like Chardin–not even Chardin! … More The Influence of Chardin
“It took many years to realize how great a gulf separates the contemporary artist from his or her seventeeth-century counterpart. There are few teachers of the ‘old way,’ for there are no living links to the workshops of the ‘golden age’ where technical understanding and sound craftsmanship were the norm. Speculations about the ‘secret of … More Elements of Varnish Making
“Works of fine art are perhaps best distinguished from other human products in that, beyond any other function, they serve as objects of contemplation. A painting affirms its content, saying to the viewer: ‘Think on this.’ For example, the still-lifes of Chardin, the landscapes of Frederick Church, Vermeer’s View of Delft or Woman Holding a … More An Object of Contemplation