Friday, October 4, 2013

A few portraits by American artist Alice Pike Barney 1857-1931


The privileged daughter of a whiskey distiller & opera lover, young Alice Pike became engaged to the explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Her mother considered the match unsuitable due to the age difference – she was 17, he 33 – & insisted that they wait to marry. While he was away on a 2-year expedition in Africa, she instead married Albert Clifford Barney, son of a wealthy manufacturer of railway cars in Dayton, Ohio. She studied art in Paris with Carolus-Duran & Claudio Catelucho. She also briefly studied at James Abbott McNeill Whistler's academie. She befriended fellow artists Lucien Levy-Dhurmer, John White Alexander, & Edmond Aman-Jean & adopted a Symbolist influence. She converted to the Bahá'í Faith around 1900, shortly before her husband's death in 1902. In 1911, the 53-year-old Washington D C society widow married 23-year-old Christian Hemmick drawing worldwide press attention. They were divorced by 1920.


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Woman and Peacock


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Laura Attentive 1912


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Woman with a Red Hood


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Japanese Lullaby 1903


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Mrs Patrick Campbell 1898


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Dreambook


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Waterlily or Ophelia 1909


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Evalina Cortland Palmer 1911


And a few self-portraits...


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait


Alice Pike Barney (American artist, 1857–1931) Self Portrait with Hat and Veil


End of the Season


William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) End of the Season 1884

The sad, wealthy Victorian women of English artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Alice Ellen Terry


George Frederick Watts created both portraits & symbolist paintings. He intended that his symbolist paintings would form part of an epic symbolic cycle called the "House of Life," in which the emotions & aspirations of life would all be represented in a universal symbolic language. He also painted portraits, such as these, of the most powerful & wealthy English men & women of the era, intended to form a "House of Fame." In his portraits Watts sought to create a tension between disciplined stability & the power of action. He was known for emphasising the signs of strain & wear on his privileged sitter's faces. Oh, the oppressive burden of power & wealth...


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Julia Margaret Cameron


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Dorothy Tennant Later Lady Stanley


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Choosing


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Lilian MacIntosh


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Eveleen Tennant (Mrs F W H Myers)


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Mrs Arthur Sassoon


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Portrait of a Lady


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Josephine Elizabeth Gray Butler


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Violet Lindsay


George Frederic Watts (English artist, 1817-1904) Self Portrait 1834


Rain expected...


Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919) Lizie Lynch 1910