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

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


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


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