Saturday, August 31, 2013

Australian Artist Hugh Ramsay 1877-1906

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Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Woman in White 1902

Hugh Ramsay (1877-1906) was born at Glasgow, Scotland, 6th son of John Ramsay, die-sinker & engraver, & his wife Margaret, née Thomson. In 1878, the family migrated to Melbourne. The Ramsays raised their 9 children piously at the substantial family home, Clydebank, Essendon. Hugh attended Essendon Grammar School. Gifted in both art & music, he was organist & choirmaster at the Congregational Church, Ascot Vale.

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Nellie Patterson

In 1894, he entered the National Gallery schools under Bernard Hall & Frederick McCubbin. Hall's teaching steeped Ramsay in the tonal tradition of Velasquez & stimulated his interest in the portraiture of Whistler & Manet. In 1897, he briefly attended classes with E. Phillips Fox & T. St G. Tucker at Charterisville, Heidelberg. Ramsay was a diligent student with a natural facility; his prize-winning was impressive, but he failed to gain the traveling scholarship in 1896 & 1899.  Tall, slim & dark, Ramsay was remembered as modest & sensitive with a keen wit & a critical eye. He was close to his family &, of his large output from ten years of active work, they are often his subjects.

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Ambrose Patterson

Determined to study in Europe, he sailed in September 1900, meeting on board George & Amy Lambert. In Paris, he shared James MacDonald's studio, a dilapidated building at Montparnasse which housed other artists including Ambrose Patterson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, & Frederick Freiseke. The Lamberts lived nearby. Both Ramsay & Lambert studied at the Académie Colarossi. Ramsay's visits to the Louvre to study Velasquez & the Old Masters improved his work. He reportedly painted from dawn till late at night & his influence on Patterson & Lambert became evident.

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Nellie Melba

In April 1902, Ramsay won international acclaim when four of five paintings submitted to the New Salon were accepted & grouped together, an honour normally extended only to members of the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. Ramsay seemed on the brink of success but within weeks of his arrival his doctor diagnosed tuberculosis, caused by the overwork & poor living conditions during 2 winters in Paris. An immediate return to Australia was prescribed.

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Jeanne

Melba returned to Australia soon after Ramsay. She held an exhibition of his works at her Toorak house, Myoora, in December 1902, & commissioned him to paint her father & niece. In Australia, Ramsay was appointed to the judging panel for the gallery school's annual student exhibition & to the Victorian Artists' Society's selection committee.

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Lady in Blue

Despite medical orders to rest, Ramsay continued to work, painting with a new vigour & breadth of style derived from his recent admiration for Sargent, producing large-scale canvases exhibited at the V.A.S. in 1903 & 1904. In 1904, he was forced to end his 5-year engagement to Lischen Muller & to rest in the country at Barnawatha. He died at Clydebank in March 1906, at the age of 28.



Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), The Sisters

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Portrait of a Young Girl

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Madge 1902

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Self Portrait 1902

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Seated Figure

Hugh Ramsay (Australian artist, 1877-1906), Self Portrait

Much of the biography from the Australian Dictionary of Biography essay by Patricia Fullerton.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

A Few Hungarian Women 1800s-1900s



1800s Janos Donat (Hungarian artist, 1744-1830) Young Lady


1810 Janos Donat (Hungarian artist, 1744-1830) A Woman


1818 József Czauczik (Hungarian painter, 1789-1857) Woman Fishing


1850 Jozsef Borsos (Hungarian artist, 1821-1883) Lady with a Lace Collar


1855 Friedrich von Amerling (Hungarian artist, 1803-1887) Countess Nako


1856 Jozsef Borsos (Hungarian artist, 1821-1883) Lady with Lorgnette


1868 Gyula Benczur (Hugarian artist, 1844-1920) Girl with Roses


1904 Béla Czóbel (Hungarian artist, 1883-1976) Girl by Window with Flowers


1930 Geza Bene (Hungarian artist, 1900-1960) Seated Woman


1933 Geza Bene (Hungarian artist, 1900-1960) The Artist's Wife

Monday, August 19, 2013

Women by French Realist Painter Jules Breton 1827-1906



Jules Breton (French Realist Painter, 1827-1906) Peasant Woman Holding a Taper


Jules Breton (French Realist Painter, 1827-1906) Peasant Woman Threading a Needle


Jules Breton (French Realist Painter, 1827-1906) The Wounded Sea Gull


Jules Breton (French Realist Painter, 1827-1906) Young Woman Knitting 1873


Jules Breton (French Realist Painter, 1827-1906) Petite Bretonne


Jules Breton (French Realist Painter, 1827-1906) A Peasant Girl Knitting 1887

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Few Unexpected Portraits of Women by Spanish Painter Savadore Dali 1904-1989



Salvador Dalí (Spanish artist, 1904 -1989) Seated Girl Seen from the Back. 1928


Salvador Dalí (Spanish artist, 1904 -1989) Figures at a Table (Portrait of My Sister). 1925


Salvador Dalí (Spanish artist, 1904 -1989) Galarina. 1944-45


Salvador Dalí (Spanish artist, 1904 -1989) Geodesic Portrait of Gala. 1936


Salvador Dalí (Spanish artist, 1904 -1989) Portrait of Maria Carbona. 1925


Salvador Dalí (Spanish artist, 1904 -1989) Woman at the Window at Figueres. 1926

Sunday, August 11, 2013

William Shakespeare 1564-1616 Quote on His 447th Birthday

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Perhaps the only painting of Shakespeare made during his life.

"Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful."

William Shakespeare from Measure for Measure.
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Human Jewels by Gustav Klimt 1862-1918

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Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Portrait of Eugenia Mada PrimavesiGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). The Virgin Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). HopeGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Baby. 1917-18Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Portrait of Emilie FlogeGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Lady With FanGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Portrait of Baroness Elixabeth Bacchofen EchtGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Girl Friends 1916Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Portrait of Adelel Bloch BauerGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Portrait of Friederike Maria BeerGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). The DancerGustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). The Kiss c 1908