August’s Paintings

The paintings that grabbed me this month and made it into my classroom.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, in my Advanced Math class, I show my students a “daily painting.” These are mostly self-serving, breaths-of-fresh-air in the midst of humorless, colorless numbers, but my students seem to appreciate them as well.

I’d like to make a habit of sharing these paintings with the broader world each month, so here are August’s choices.

  1. Gathering Plums by Henry Herbert La Thangue (1901)

I absolutely love the light and shadows in this painting. I also love plums.

Forgive me.

They are delicious.

2. Antique Legend by Samuel Mutzner (1929)

I picked this painting as I was finishing The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. For me, it does such a perfect job of evoking the timelessness and universality of legends and myths.

3. Man and Woman on the Beach by Thomas Pollock (1893)

My students actually picked this one. I think because they wish they were on a beach.

4. The Poppy Field by Willard Metcalf (date unknown)

I love poppies, and the colors and contrast in this painting work so well.

5. The Spring Sun by Abraham Manievich (1913)

I guess I have a thing for complex light and shadows. This painting also captures the clarity of a cold spring morning perfectly.

6. People by Konstantin Yuon (1923)

It looks like people underground projecting stars onto their ceiling. I have no clue what it means, but it’s cool to look at.

Who doesn’t love a little Russian symbolism, anyway?

7. Jardin De Las Elegias, Son Moragues by Santiago Rusinol (1903)

More symbolism! More fun shadows!

I hope there’s at least one painting here that spoke to you in some way.

All of these paintings can be found at

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