Friday, October 30, 2015
Bastille Day 1890 by van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) is Auvers Town Hall 14 July 1890
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1940s Independence Day in Southern Maryland
Friday, October 16, 2015
Painting Flowers as Symbols - Clara Peeters 1594-1657
Clara Peeters (1594-c 1657) was not painting portraits as were most women painters born in the 1400-1500s. Peeters is the best-known female Flemish artist of this era and one of the few women artists working professionally in 17C Europe, despite restrictions on women's access to artistic training and membership in guilds. Peeters was among the earliest specialist painters of still lifes and flowers, working while this genre was still emerging. Fewer than ten paintings of flowers produced in the Netherlands can be dated before 1608, when she painted her first recorded work.
She was baptized in Antwerp in 1594, & married there in 1639. Her earliest dated paintings, from 1607-1608, are small, detailed images representing food & drink. At the time that Clara Peeters was painting, religious imagery was forbidden in the Dutch Reformed Protestant Church. Artistic symbols were developed to make coded references to life, death, & religion, so her paintings conveyed a meaning to her patrons of much more than objects in a still life. Each painting would be a visual puzzle to be decoded by the viewer.
Some speculate that the skill with which this teenage artist executed her painting suggests that she may have been trained by a master painter. Although there is no documentary evidence of her education, some scholars theorize that Peeters may have been a student of Osias Beert, a still-life painter from Antwerp. By 1612, the 18-year-old artist was producing large numbers of painstakingly rendered still lifes displaying symbols in groupings of metal goblets, gold coins, & exotic flowers.
1935 Picnic in California
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
1910-1925 American Picnic
1910-1925 American Picnic. Photo by John Johnson. Johnson was born in Lincoln in 1879 to Harrison Johnson, an escaped slave and Civil War veteran, & his wife, Margaret. After graduating from high school & briefly attending the University of Nebraska (where he played football), Johnson found work in one of the few realms open to African-Americans at the time: manual labor. He was a janitor & a drayman, but also a very prolific & talented community photographer. From roughly 1910 to 1925, he took as many as 500 photographs using a bulky view camera and flash powder.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
1920 Picnic in North Carolina
Thursday, October 8, 2015
1915 Picnic in Seattle, Washington
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
1908 Fourth of July picnic in Minnesota
Sunday, October 4, 2015
1894 Maine Picnic
Friday, October 2, 2015
1871 The Glorious Fourth - Sending up the Fire Balloon
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