Saturday, August 23, 2014

Even more flowers for you, because you deserve to be spoiled...


Edouard Manet (French artist, 1832-1883) A bouquet of violets


At the Farmers' Market - Historic American Seeds and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries





Summer to fall with French artist Gustave Courbet 1819-1877 + his own words


Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Zelie Courbet c 1842

Gustave Courbet was a controversial French painter, who bridged the gap between Romanticism & the Impressionist school of painters. For the most part, he rejected the sentimentality of the Romantics. Courbet's interest in portraying people & places as they really appeared, together with his non-academic orientation lead him to become an early realist. He actually encouraged controversy by addressing social issues in his work & by painting the rural folk, peasants, & the working conditions of the poor. He stated that he was a socialist but also declared, that his subject matter had as much to do with his interest in "real & existing things" as with politics. Critics charged that he was creating a cult of ugliness. While some were incensed that he was attacking the established social standards, he was also praised by social reformers.

 Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine.

Abandoning the study of law for art, Courbet arrived in Paris from his native Ornans in 1840. He taught himself the rudiments of his profession by studying the works of Caravaggio in the Louvre. In 1847, Courbet traveled to Holland, which strengthened his growing belief that painters should work from the life around them, as Rembrandt, Hals, & other Dutch masters had done.

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Laure Borreau

When Courbet's work was rejected for the Paris International Exhibition in 1855, he decided to open his own pavilion for his works.  Still at the centre of political activity in the 1870s, he was arrested & imprisoned in 1871, when the Commune he supported fell. The following year he was released, and he moved to Switzerland, spending the remainder of his life in exile painting the rough Swiss terrain in experimental ways.

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). The Hammock

"The beautiful is in nature, & it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it."  Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Peasant Woman Wearing Madras

"I am 50 years old & I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty."  Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Juliette Courbet (1831-1915) 1844

"I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota."  Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). The Sleeping Embroiderer 1853

"Fine art is knowledge made visible."  Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). The Trellis 1862

"Art is a wholly physical language whose words are all the visible objects."  Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Woman Sleeping

"Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal."  Gustave Courbet

 Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Woman in a Podoscaphe

"Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things."  Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Madame de Brayer 1858

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) La Sieste

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Mother Gregoire

 Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). The Happy Lovers 1844

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Study for Girls on the banks of the Seine

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Madame Jacquet

Gustave Courbet (French painter, 1819-1877) A Young Woman Reading 1866-68

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Young Girl 1857

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Woman in a Riding Habit

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Woman with Garland

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Zelie Courbet 1847

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Young Girl Asleep

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) The Hunt Breakfast

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Portrait of a Young Woman in the Style of Labille Guiard

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) The Lady of Frankfurt

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Girl with Seagulls Trouville

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Woman with Pigeons

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). The Stories of Grandmother Salvan 1847

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877).  Madame Prudhon

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Gypsy in Reflection

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). The Clairvoyant or The Sleepwalker c 1865

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Gabrielle Borreau (or The Dreamer)

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Countess Karoly 1861

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Madame Auguste Cuoq (Mathilde Desportes)

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Reflection

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Head of a Woman with Flowers

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Woman with a Cat 1864

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Juliette Courbet 1874

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Three English Girls at a Window

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Girl Arranging Flowers

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Spanish Lady 1855

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Peasant Woman Sleeping 1853

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877). Village Girl with a Goatling 1860

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877)  Dog on Cushions

Gustave Courbet (French artist, 1819-1877) Self Portrait with Black Dog


Flowers for you...


Edouard Manet (French artist, 1832-1883) Banch of White Peonies wih a Pruning Sheer


Morning Madonna


William Adolphe Bouguereau (French academic painter, 1825–1905) Holy Family

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were the core of early Western art.