Kristin Johnson

I love art, and writing. One is deeply personal, the other helped me get my BA in journalism from IU. I am passionate about storytelling. My greatest professional compliment came from a business owner who said, “Your profile piece captured everything I believe about my business.”
Wedding Theme
Kristin Johnson

Celebrating The June Wedding

June is the month for weddings.  Celebrating this month, we have created a post that is dedicated to the different aspects of the wedding.  Starting off with a look at William Johnson’s The Wedding Couple.

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Dutch Flower Still Life
Dutch Masters
Kristin Johnson

Dutch Golden Age Flowers

During the Dutch Golden Age, flower painting was a niche industry. These still life scenes were sought after by the newly wealthy merchant class. In addition to being status symbols, the paintings could be read

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Vincent van Gogh
Kristin Johnson

Vincent van Gogh and his Japanese Prints

In 1887, Vincent van Gogh purchased a large number of Japanese prints. His goal was to sell them. This did not pan out. Instead, these ukiyo-e prints opened Van Gogh’s mind up to new ideas

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African American Artists
Kristin Johnson

Romare Beardon: Storyteller Artist

Cartoonist, soldier, social worker, philosopher, these are just a few of the titles Romare Beardon held during his lifetime. We remember him best as an artist. His art was shaped by his breadth of experiences,

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nonchaloir_(repose) by John Singer Sargent
American Art
Kristin Johnson

Nonchaloir (Repose), John Singer Sargent

Just before the turn of the Twentieth Century there was one name in American portraiture. It was John Singer Sargent. When Theodore Roosevelt hated his presidential portrait, he persuaded the artist to paint a new

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Modern Art
Kristin Johnson

Wayne Thiebaud, Sweets, Streets, and Scenic Sweeps

Wayne Thiebaud Wayne Thiebaud painted unabashedly American moments. Because his early works focused on food, he was placed into the Pop Art category. Thiebaud didn’t share the art world’s assessment of his work. He viewed

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Religious Art
Kristin Johnson

Sacred Art and Christmas

It’s Christmastime, and a great time to look at the sacred art of the season. Modern Nativity scenes encompass everything: The Holy Family, a host of animals, shepherds, angels, and the wise men. You could

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Spring by Arcimboldo
Renaissance Art
Kristin Johnson

Allegorical Arcimboldo

We know Arcimboldo for his wry, and clever anthropomorphic paintings like “Four Seasons in One Head.” Unfortunately, art historians have struggled to place Arcimboldo, and the small group of artists who created similar works, in

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Grapes and Pomegranates by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin
French Art
Kristin Johnson

Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin (1699 – 1799) was a bit of an outlier in the French art world during his day. He came into his own during the height of the French Rococo period, yet his

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