Thursday, July 7, 2016

Children of Summer

William Sidney Sidney Mount (American genre artist, 1807-1868) The Blackberry Girls

Robert Lewis Reid (American painter, 1862-1929) Boy with Red Peonies

Sophie Anderson (British artist, 1823-1903) Spring Blossom

Edward Lamson Henry (American genre painter, 1841-1919) The Sunny Hours of Childhood

George Clausen (English artist, 1852-1944) Portrait of a Young Girl

 John George Brown (American genre artist, 1831-1913)   Three Girls on a Swing

Sophie Anderson (British artist, 1823-1903) The Time Of The Lilacs

 Rae Sloan Bredin (American painter, 1881-1933) A Young Girl

Jerome Thompson (American genre painter, 1814-1886) Prairie Flowers 1862

Sophie Anderson (British artist, 1823-1903) Windfalls

Wojciech Weiss, (Polish artist, 1875-1959) Zasmucona  1898

Samuel S. Carr (American genre artist, 1837–1908)  Picking Daisies

George Clausen (English artist, 1852-1944) Head of a Young Girl (Rose Grimsdale)

Morning Madonna

The oldest known image of Mary & Child in Rome. Legend has it that it was one of the many icons painted by St. Luke, though historians date it to the 5C.

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.