Today's "Feel Art Again" takes a brief look at two influential but little-known artists who were born 130 years apart on this date, January 22.
The French painter Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) is described as "Paris's best-known practitioner of the fÃªte galante," a style of painting that focuses on the pursuits of the "idle, rich aristocrats" of the 18th century. Like many French painters, Lancret studied at the AcadÃ©mie Royale; unlike most other French painters, though, he was supposedly expelled for "bad behavior." However, his bad behavior didn't prevent him from later being an AcadÃ©mie Royale member, nor did it hinder his career. He had the "enthusiastic patronage" of Louis XV, who hung Lancret's paintings throughout the royal residences, including the famed Versailles.
Shown is Wolf's "A Pair of Doves amongst Honeysuckle; and Group of Pheasant Chicks in the Undergrowth" (1871). For more information on Wolf, read "The Life of Joseph Wolf: Animal Painter" by Alfred Herbert Palmer.
Don't forget to enter the first-ever "Feel Art Again" contest! Design a Rube Goldberg device and submit it today, January 22, 2009, for a chance to win Secret Lives of Great Artists by Elizabeth Lunday. For full details, visit the contest page. "Feel Art Again" appears every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org artist suggestions, with details of current exhibitions, or for sources or further reading.