Hello everyone! In this week’s blog I am going to be talking about my experience I had last summer of going to the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island. It has a lot of collections and exhibits that are filled with amazing, eye-catching art.
The National Museum of American Illustration was founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler. The venue is in Newport, Rhode Island in a French-style chateau. It houses “Golden Age” American Illustrations from all periods, styles, and mediums. Their overall mission is to “present the best venue for the public to appreciate the greatest collection of American illustration art in perpetuity.”
- Philip Boileau
- Norman Rockwell
- Jessie Willcox Smith
- NC Wyeth
- Leslie Thrasher
- Harrison Fisher
- James Montgomery Flagg
- Mary Jane Begin
- Howard Chandler Christy
- And many others…
My Favorite Art Pieces
This museum had some amazing works of art and I would like to share some of my favorites and why I like each one.
Her Eyes Were Meant To Be Worshipped by Harrison Fisher
This piece really stood out to me as I was walking through the exhibits. The color choice is pastel with some dark tones for shadow. I love the dramatic tone of the overall artwork. The hair is what really caught my eye, it’s very texturized and I feel like I can see every single piece of hair. The work overall has a very nice composition, it fills the entire page and the pose guides your eye in a curve and I find that very pleasing to look at.
LaPush Beach, Washington by John Clymer
I love this painting so much. The art style is very smooth. The atmosphere of the painting is relaxing and magical. I feel like I am actually there on the beach, looking at the sunset, touching the water. The color palette is very soft and dark and gives the sunset a very mysterious vibe.
Diary of a Mere Man by Coles Phillips
The framing of this is what caught my eye. The composition is a very interesting shape. The color palette is very limited, it consists of different shades of light and dark colors, mainly white and black. I love the simplicity of this piece. I also love how smooth the texture is in the clothing, it gives a very realistic feel.
Woman With Long Stemmed Rose by Philip Boileau
I absolutely adore this illustration. The atmosphere this piece gives is very dark, dreary and somewhat sad yet beautiful at the same time. The art style is what I love so much because it’s smooth and wispy. I especially love the detail on the dress and overall I wish I had a dress like that in my wardrobe. The color palette is dark and smoky. The background is also something I love because it’s simple and not very elaborate.
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