Sunday, June 29, 2014

Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries




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

Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries





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


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries




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