Judith H. Dobrzynski
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'Cezanne' Review: In All His Complexity
An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago includes 80 paintings, 40 works on paper, and two sketchbooks of an artist who defied norms and inspired his contemporaries

June 23, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal


The first painting visitors to "Cezanne" at the Art Institute of Chicago encounter is "Undergrowth (Sous-Bois)" (c. 1894), a pine-forest scene painted from a bit below the trees, gazing up, with a barely perceivable horizon, and formed from patches of distinct marks that suggest just a slight fluttering. Some elements, like a rust-colored mound on the left, take shape only from several steps away.

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Pain and Perseverance on Display at the New First Americans Museum
The museum is the first to put indigenous voices completely in control of telling their story.

April 25, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma occupies a unique place in American history. It is home to more Native American nations than any other state, but that didn't happen naturally. In the 1800s, the federal government drove 67 tribes from their ancestral homelands into the area then known as the Oklahoma and Indian territories—from the Ottawa in the North and the Delaware in the East to the Seminole in the South and the Modoc in the West. By Oklahoma statehood in 1907, 39 remained—and 39 remain today. Only four (the Caddo, Plains Apache, Tonkawa and Wichita) originally lived on this land; four others came seasonally or to hunt.

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'Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources' Review: A New Look at a Familiar Master
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art challenges us to rethink Vincent Van Gogh in an exhibition highlighting his contemporaries and his voracious reading habits

March 31, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Eik Kahng, chief curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, wants to change your mind about Vincent van Gogh. Many people who love his brilliant paintings (and who doesn't?) also believe they know him. Through biographies, movies and monographic museum exhibitions, they see him as a lone genius, a stormy social misfit, a suicidal depressive, a failure in his lifetime. And they surmise that his angst was the wellspring of his groundbreaking art.

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'Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred 1530-1800' Review: A Bedrock of Artistic Ingenuity
At the Saint Louis Art Museum, stunning images created atop unusual materials.

March 14, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

St. Louis

'Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred 1530-1800," on display at the Saint Louis Art Museum, starts out strong, with "The Minions of Henry III" (c. 1570), a stunning image by an unknown artist in the Fontainebleau School, possibly Lucas de Heere. A close-cropped view of three effeminate men in profile, dressed in pearls, curls and sumptuous striped garments, it depicts the French king's male lovers, crisply portrayed in oil on slate. It's a seductive introduction to an exhibition whose thesis may seem esoteric to a public more attuned to image than materials.

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Masterpiece: Underwriting an Outstanding Altar
In the Montefeltro Altarpiece, Mary is surrounded by the patron and recognizable saints, a sublime example of aesthetic and architectural perfection

March 5, 2022  •  The Wall Street Journal

Federico da Montefeltro, an esteemed but ruthless mercenary captain, a bastard child who became Duke of Urbino, a renowned humanist who turned little Urbino into a dazzling European court, also commissioned one of the most fascinating paintings of the 15th century.

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