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Łempicka brings Parisian art to WTF

In a studio at night, two women are holding each other. The room smells of paint and turpentine and smoke and sweat. An artist trying to build a career and raise a daughter comes to a bar after her first big opening and meets a woman who has always lived on the edge, on the streets,…

Women Artists in Paris at the Clark

Rosa Bonheur had won international fame for her scenes of horse fairs and ploughing oxen. She went to abattoirs and open markets to study animals, and she dissected them to learn their anatomy, like Leonardo Da Vinci learning the chambers of the human heart. But she had to get a letter of permission from the…

‘Tartuffe’ tantalizes at the ’62 Center

Leather boots. Falls of curls streaked with color. Women in corsets and men in long hair and silk stockings. Lights dance on the ceiling, and a man in spangled facepaint is doing the limbo under the chandelier — the 17th century has gone clubbing in Paris. And it’s glorious. On Saturday night, David Eppel celebrated his…

BTW Flashback: The Magi in Persian perspective

The scene gleams out of the Renaissance — the three wise men kneel before the barefoot, tired new parents and the infant. The color, perspective and detail come out of Persian miniatures and Mughal paintings from northern India. And the artist is a British painter in the middle of World War I. On a winter…

Mountain Meadow on a fall morning

Berkshire naturalist Thom Smith takes a fall walk in the northern hills. With land in Pownal Vermont and Williamstown, Massachusetts, I cannot think of a lovelier autumn walk than the preserve we call Mountain Meadow. Choose an afternoon with few clouds, when walking will be even more pleasurable if skies are blue and foliage contrasting, and…