Field of Poppies, Giverny by Claude Monet

Art of the Week

In its latest exhibition “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art,” the Frist Art Museum is presenting work from some of the world’s most widely revered and accomplished artists.

The show features famous examples of French Impressionism, alongside other works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that exemplify Romanticism and Cubism, all borrowed from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to the show’s namesakes, work from Picasso, Delacroix and others will be on display.

Field of Poppies, Giverny by Claude Monet is just one highlight of this special collection. Monet is perhaps the best known Impressionist painter in history and this piece captures both his en plein air approach and ability to capture the visual sensations of natural beauty in ways that a photograph cannot.

Field of Poppies, Giverny is one of four paintings of poppy fields that Monet completed during the summer of 1885″ according to a label prepared by Frist’s chief curator Mark Scala. “Monet quite likely set up his easel in a field near his house to capture the scene. His home appears in the middle distance, and to the right is the future site of his studio, in which he would paint his famous water lily canvases.”

The piece, along with the full exhibition, will be on display at Frist until May 5.

Frist Art Museum is located at 919 Broadway.

Unspeakable (demonic attack) by Leslie Holt

Art of the Week

Unspeakable (demonic attack) is an exemplary piece from Leslie Holt’s new show, “Hysterical Women,” on view at David Lusk Gallery from January 29 to February 23.

Inspired by the work of Goya, de Kooning and Lichtenstein, with references to Picasso, Kahlo, Kathe Kollwitz and others, Holt’s work for the show illustrates mental disorder and isolation through a combination of lonely, embroidered figures and large, disorienting globules of colored acrylic.

“In ‘Hysterical Women,’ Holt examines the first mental disorder attributed to women, and only women, through these references,” according to a press release from David Lusk Gallery. “Her figures are suspended and isolated, removed from their original context, and meticulously embroidered onto canvas. Aggressive stains of saturated acrylic paint hovers around each figure. The sewn marks are intimate and tender in contrast to the unruly drips and bleeding of the paint.”

Holt is from Maryland and works in the Washington, D.C. area. She has served as a social worker and advocate for those with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

Holt will be giving an artist’s talk at the gallery on February 2 at 2:00 p.m, preceding an exhibition opening event.

The David Lusk Gallery’s Nashville location is located at 516 Hagan Street in We-Ho.