Sunday, June 29, 2014

Women by the water from Finnish artist Eero Järnefelt 1863-1937



Eero Järnefelt (Finnish artist, 1863-1937) Women Washing

Eero Järnefelt (Finnish artist, 1863-1937) studied at the St. Petersburg art academy between 1883-1885, the same school at which Albert Edelfelt had studied. Eero Järnefelt's sister Aino Järnefelt married composer Jean Sibelius in 1892.  He studied in Paris in 1886, where he was inspired by the naturalistic paintings of Jules Bastien-Lepage On a trip to Keuruu in 1889, he met actress Saimi Swan. They were married in 1890.


Eero Järnefelt (Finnish artist, 1863-1937) Kotimatkalla, 1903



Eero Järnefelt (Finnish artist, 1863-1937)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mary Cassatt's (1844-1926) painting that wasn't quite right

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Mary Cassatt (American artist, 1844-1926) Lady at the Tea Table 1883-85

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where this painting is on view, tells us that the sitter is Mrs. Robert Moore Riddle, 1819-1890, the former Mary Johnston Dickinson, a 1st cousin of Mary Cassatt's mother. Cassatt began this portrait in 1883, finishing it 2 years later. The sitter's daughter, Anna Dike Riddle (Mrs Thomas Alexander Scott) 1839-1901, objected to the size of her mother's nose in the picture. The artist put the painting away until 1914, nearly 13 years after the protesting daughter had died.

In 1914, when Cassatt showed the painting to collector, philanthropist, & civil rights activist Louisine Waldron Elder (Mrs Henry O. Havemeyer) 1855-1929, she was encouraged to exhibit it. Longtime friends Cassatt & Louisine Havemeyer had met in Paris in 1874.

The painting was exhibited later in 1914, at Durand-Ruel Galleries in Paris, where it created a sensation. In 1915, the painting was included in an exhibition of works by the French Impressionists held at Knoedler & Co. in New York.

Mary Cassatt gave the painting the the Met in 1923, just 3 years before her death. When Louisine Havemeyer died in 1929, over 2,000 art works from her collection came to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the largest collection, the museum has received ever.


Mary Cassatt's painting of Louisine Havemeyer


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Football!


Henri Rousseau (French artist, 1844-1910) The Football Players (Les joueurs de football), 1908. 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Everyday life in 19C America - On the farm



George Henry Durrie (American Painter, 1820-1863)  Haying at Jones Inn



John Whetten Ehninger (American artist, 1827-89) October 1867



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) The Milk Maid



Nelson Augustus Moore (American artist, 1824-1902)  Farmer, Son and White Horse



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) Fresh Eggs



John Whetten Ehninger (American artist, 1827-89) Bringing in the Hay



Jerome Thompson (American genre artist, 1814-1886)  Noonday in Summer



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) Boys in a Pasture



George Henry Durrie (American Painter, 1820-1863) Cider Pressing



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) The Shepherdess of Houghton Farm



William Sidney Mount (American genre painter, 1807-1868)  Ringing the Pig (Scene in a Long Island Farmyard)



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) The Sick Chicken



Jerome Thompson (American genre artist, 1814-1886) In the Fields



John Joseph Enneking (American artist, 1841 – 1916) Woman with a Rake



William Sidney Mount (American genre painter, 1807-1868)  Raffling for the Goose



Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836-1910) Shepherdess Tending Sheep



Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919)  A Meal for the Pigs



John Joseph Enneking (American artist, 1841 – 1916) A Summer Afternoon



Samuel S. Carr (American genre painter, 1837–1908)  With the Sheep



Eastman Johnson (American genre painter, 1824-1906) Corn Husking 1860



Jerome B. Thompson (1814–1886) Apple Gathering



Eastman Johnson (American genre painter, 1824-1906) Man with a Scythe



James Goodwyn Clonney (American genre artist, 1812–1867) In the Cornfield



Eastman Johnson (American genre painter, 1824-1906) Feeding the Lamb



Frank Blackwell Mayer (American painter, 1827-1899) The Invasion 1867



 Eastman Johnson (American genre painter, 1824-1906) Winnowing Grain



Theodore Robinson (American painter, 1852–1896) Haying, 1884



Thomas Waterman Wood (American painter, 1823-1903) Seeking Advice Gathering Eggs  1882



Frank Waller (American genre artist, 1842-1923) Harvesting Hops near Cooperstown, New York



 Eastman Johnson (American genre painter, 1824-1906).   Girl in Barn


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Waiting...


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) By the Window 1928


Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday 13th & The Strawberry Moon




Tonight, moon watchers will see a full moon on a Friday the 13th in the month of June, something that hasn't happened in June since 1919.  It is believed that the name "strawberry" comes from the fact that June is strawberry season, & Algonquin Native American tribes chose the name.  This is the 1st time since Oct. 13, 2000, that a full moon has occurred on a Friday the 13th of any month, & the last time it will happen until Oct. 13, 2049.


Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 - Friday 13th + Full Moon


"Nature is a Haunted House - but Art - a House that tries to be haunted."  Letter to T.W. Higginson, 1876


Emily Dickinson 1830-1886


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dogs from the early 1300s Codex Manesse


Codex Manesse Konradin von Hohenstaufen - Hunting Dogs

Manesse Codex is a book copied & illustrated between 1305 & 1340 in Zürich. It contains love songs in Middle High German by important poets, several of whom were famous rulers. The Codex Manesse portrays fearless knights & coy maidens engaged in hunting & fighting as well as courtly intrigues. Within these small paintings, dogs occasionaly appear. The manuscript was compiled at the request of the Manesse family as an attempt to record the major figures of the minnesang - the German tradition of composing & performing love songs.


Codex Manesse Von Obernburg - Lap Dog



Codex Manesse Meister Johannes Hadlaub - Lap Dogs


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Maurice Pendergrast (1858-1924) paints public spaces



 Maurice  Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1905-10c In the Park

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist who worked mostly in watercolor, & monotype. He is known for the delicacy of his compositions & mosaic-like beauty of his style.  Prendergast painted leisurely scenes set on beaches & in parks with boldly contrasting, bright jewel colors, & pattern forms rhythmically arranged on canvas.


 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-01c The West Church



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1907-10c The Holiday



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1907-10c Under the Trees



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1910-13c Park Scene Near Bay



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1910-13c The Park at Sunset



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1914-15c Along the Shore



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) Madison Square 1901



 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) Summer in the Park 1907