Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sewing outdoors - Paul Serusier 1863-1927


Paul Serusier (French painter, 1863-1927) La Couseuse

In 1875, Parisian Paul Sérusier (1863-1927) entered the Condorcet Lycée, where he studied classical philosophy, Greek, & Latin, plus the sciences. Ten years later, he entered the Condorcet Lycee, where he became lifelong friends with Maurice Denis. In 1888, Sérusier arrived at Pont-Aven in Brittany, where he became friends with Emile Bernand & Paul Gauguin, who encouraged the young painter to release himself from the constraints of imitative painting, to use pure colors, not to hesitate to exaggerate his impressions, & to give to his paintings his own decorative logic & symbolic system.

Paul Serusier (French painter, 1863-1927) A Girl of Savoy 1890

Upon his return to Paris, together with the friends Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Henri Ibels (1867-1936) & Paul Ranson (1862-1909), Sérusier formed a group, which they called Nabis (Hebrew "prophets"). They met regularly to discuss theoretical problems of art, symbolism, occult sciences, & esotericism. Later, Armand Seguin, Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) & Kerr-Xavier Roussel (1867-1944) joined the group. Many of the Nabis artists participated in the scene decoration & costume design of the Symbolist plays of the theater, Sérusier among them. The theater made it possible for them to try out on a large scale their principles of simplification & the synthesis of the various means of expression. However, after Gauguin's departure to Tahiti, in 1891, the group gradually fell apart.

Paul Serusier (French painter, 1863-1927)


In 1895, Sérusier went to the Benedictine monastery of Beuron in Germany. The monk-artists of the monastery practiced the aesthetic principles, according to which the laws of beauty were divine ones; they were mysteriously hidden in nature & could be revealed only to the artists who were able to perceive the proportions & the harmony of the sizes: "God did everything in the Holy Spirit according to measurement, a number & weight." After several successive voyages to Beuron, he settled in Brittany & cultivated painting primarily based on calculations & measurements.

Paul Serusier (French painter, 1863-1927) The Embroideress


Upon his return to Paris, together with the friends Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Henri Ibels (1867-1936) & Paul Ranson (1862-1909), Sérusier formed a group, which they called Nabis (Hebrew "prophets"). They met regularly to discuss theoretical problems of art, symbolism, occult sciences, & esotericism. Later, Armand Seguin, Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) & Kerr-Xavier Roussel (1867-1944) joined the group. Many of the Nabis artists participated in the scene decoration & costume design of the Symbolist plays of the theater, Sérusier among them. The theater made it possible for them to try out on a large scale their principles of simplification & the synthesis of the various means of expression. However, after Gauguin's departure to Tahiti, in 1891, the group gradually fell apart.

Paul Serusier (French painter, 1863-1927) Young Girl with a Pink Stocking or Young Breton Knitting 1920


From 1908, he started to teach regularly at the Ranson Academy. In 1921 Sérusier published "ABC of Painting", a short treatise in which he developed a theory of the curves & simple shapes, plus a theory of color & a method of research of the deafened colors. The painter died in 1927 in Morlaix.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sewing Outdoors - Mary Cassatt 1844-1926


Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Young Woman Sewing in a Garden

Every young girl should be taught to do the following kinds of stitch, with propriety. Overstitch, hemming, running, felling, stitching, back-stitch and run, button-stitch, chain-stitch, whipping, darning, gathering and cross-stitch.   Catherine E. Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy, 1843

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marley 1880


Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Young Woman Sewing in the Garden 1886


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sewing outdoors - Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841-1919


Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Marie Therese Durand Fuel Sewing


Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) The Embroiderer a Woman Embroidering in a Garden


Friday, December 25, 2015

Sewing outdoors - Berthe Morisot 1841-1895


Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). The Sewing Lesson or The Artist's Daughter Julie with Her Nanny 1884


Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Lilacs at Maurencourt


Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). On the Balcony of Eugene Manet's Room at Bougival


Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Woman Sewing with Child in a Garden



Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). In the Garden



Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Patsie Sewing in the Garden



Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Young Woman Sewing in the Garden


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sewing outdoors - Camille Pissarro 1830-1903



Camille Pissarro (Danish-born French artist, 1830-1903) Woman and Child Doing Needlework 1877



Camille Pissarro (Danish-born French artist, 1830-1903) The Pretty Mother



Camille Pissarro (Danish-born French artist, 1830-1903) Seated Peasants Sewing



Monday, December 21, 2015

Sewing outdoors - Knitting 19C Europe



William Lee-Hankey (British, 1869-1952) Knitting Lesson 1914



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



Max Liebermann (German artist, 1847-1935, German) Girl Knitting


Charles Sprague Pearce (American Painter, 1851-1914) Knitting in the Fields



Jozef Israels (Dutch Realist Painter, 1824-1911) Three Woman Knitting by the Sea



Frans Pieter van Lodewyk Kuyck (Belgian, 1852-1915) Knitting Girl



Charles Sillem Litterdale (British painter, 1831-1895) Knitting


Christopher Dean (Glasgow-born artist Inglese, fl. 1895-1924 Dutch Girl Knitting by the Sea



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sewing outdoors - 19C Girls



 Janet C Fisher (Welch artist, 1867–1926), In the orchard, c.1900.



Mary E Dear (English artist, 1848-1867) Patchwork 1857



John Thomas Peele (English-born American genre artist, 1822–1897)  The Knitting Lesson



John Dawson Watson (British artist, 1832-1892)



William Frederick Witherington (British artist, 1785-1865) The Sewing Lesson



Charles Edward Wilson (British 1854-1941) Girl Sewing


Albert Edelfelt (Finnish artist, 1854-1905) A Girl Knitting Socks 1896


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sewing Outdoors - 19C - 20C Europe & Beyond



Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) A Child in the Artist's Garden


Peder Severin Krøyer (Danish artist, 1851-1909) Marie and Her Mother in the Garden, Peder Severin Kroyer



Carl Larsson (Swedish artist, 1853-1919)  Sewing 



Giovanni Sottocornola (Italian artist, 1855-1917)  Luce et lavoro 1914


August Macke (German artist, 1887-1914)  Woman Embroidering on Balcony, 1910



Eilif Peterssen (Norwegian artist, 1852–1928) Sunshine, Kalvoya 1891



 Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Finnish (1865 - 1931) Mary Sewing in Kalela



Cristiano Banti (Italian artist, 1824 – 1904) Woman Embroidering on the Terrace 



 Adriano Cecioni (1836-1886) Le Ricamatrici (The Embroiderers) 1866



 Charles Francois Jalabert (French painter, 1819-1901) Jeune Mere Italienne 1850



 Daniel MacNee (Scottish, 1806-1882). A Lady in Grey 1859



 Franz Skarbina (1849-1910) Woman Sewing in the Garden



 Frederik H. Kaemmerer (Dutch artist, 1839-1902) Woman Sewing



 Henri Privat-Livemont (Belgium, 1861–1936) La brodeuse 1904



 Louis Valae (1869-1952) Femme cousant dans le jardin, 1904 



 Léon Brion (1842-1923) Marie-Jeannic



 Marcus Stone (1840-1921) Woman Sewing



 Oscar Arnold Wergeland (Norwegian artist, 1844-1910) Woman Sewing 1891



 Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909) - 1881 The Hirshsprung Family



 Telemaco Signorini. (Italian artist, 1835 - 1901) The embroiderer



 Théo Van Rysselberghe (Belgian artist,  1862-1926) Woman Sewing


Odilon Redon (French artist, 1840-1916) Portrait of Madame Arthur Fontaine 1901



Mikhail Vasil'evich Nesterov (Russian Painter, 1862-1942) Embroidery 1909 



Gustave Francois Lasellaz (French artist, 1848-1910) Woman Sewing



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) La Lecons de Couture



Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov (Russian artist, 1869-1939) Sewing



Jan' Toorop (Dutch artist, 1858-1928) Domburgse kantwerkster  Domburg laceworker - 1903



Julien Gabriel Guay (French artist, 1848- ) Sewing



Henri Martin (French Post-Impressionist Painter, 1860-1943) A Women Sewing



Frederick Arthur Bridgman (English artist, 1847-1928) Sewing



Edmund Blair Leighton (English historical genre painter 1852-1922) Sewing




Albert Roelofs (Dutch Painter, 1822-1897) Sewing in the Garden



Daniel Hernandez Morillo (Peruvian artist, 1856-1932) Lady on a Bench




William Kay Blacklock (English, 1872-1922) Sunlight and Shadow



Léon-Jean-Bazille Perrault (French artist, 1832-1908) Young Seamstress



 Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Women Sewing



Arthur W. Percy (Swedish artist, 1886-1976) Woman Embroidering 1925