Saturday, August 30, 2014

At the Farmers' Market - Historic American Seeds and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries




19C End of the World Prediction in Canada



Sarah Terwilligar’s attempt to fly to heaven as the world is to come to an end, from Upper Canada Sketches by Thomas Conant, 1898.

Thomas Conant, in his 1898 book, Upper Canada Sketches, details how people in East Whitby and Area thought the world was going to end in February of 1843.  Conant wrote:

“The “Millerite scare,” as it might be called, was another instance of the extent to which religious fanatics could influence their hearers and affect their lives. From some manuscript left by my mother, and the account given me by my father, and by my uncle, David Annis, I have gleaned the following anecdotes of this curious event in our country:  

“During the Winter of 1842-3 the Second Adventists, or Millerites, were preaching that the world would be all burnt up in February, 1843. Nightly meetings were held, generally in the school-houses.

“Sarah Terwilligar, who lived about a mile east of Oshawa “corners,” on the Kingston Road, made for herself wings of silk, and, on the night of 14th of February, jumped off the porch of her home, expecting to fly heavenward. Falling to the ground some fifteen feet, she was shaken up severely and rendered wholly unfit to attend at all to the fires that were expected to follow the next day.”

The apocalypse was to have begun at two o'clock in the morning, at which time the fresh February snow would have turned to blood and started to burn. The Millerites were a bit off in their prediction.

And as for Sarah Terwilligar clad in her diaphanous gown, truly a woman with an instinct for attractive adornment under every circumstance, she broke her leg.


Morning Madonna


Giorgio di Tomaso Schiavone (Dalmatian artist, c 1433-1504) Madonna and Child with musical angels c 1459

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 the core of early Western art.


Friday, August 29, 2014

At the Farmers' Market - Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries




Lovers by Russian-born Marc Chagall & His Own Words



Before you get too excited, yes, I know I posted this yesterday.  But since then, I have found over twice as many Chagall Lovers; and so, I am reposting with all of the new sweethearts & their strange companions included.  I hope you enjoy.


Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in the Moonlight

Marc Chagall (1887-1985), a Russian–French artist, was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He created a unique career in nearly every artistic medium, including paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries & fine art prints. Chagall's haunting, exuberant, & poetic images enjoy universal appeal.



1914 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Blue Lovers

Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.  Chagall



1914 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Green Lovers

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art. Chagall



1915 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Birthday


Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in Pink 1913


1917 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Grey Lovers

Art is the increasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.  Chagall



1917 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) The Promenade

In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.  Chagall



Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Double Portrait 1917

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. Chagall



1954 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Le Champ de Mars

Art seems to me to be above all a state of soul. All souls are sacred… Chagall



1958 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Big Sun

All our interior world is reality, and that, perhaps, more so than our apparent world.  Chagall



Marc Chagall (1887-1985) The Lovers of Venice

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.  Chagall



Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers

One cannot be precise, and still be true.  Chagall



1969 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Artist and His Love

The habit of ignoring Nature is deeply implanted in our times. This attitude reminds me of people who never look you in the eye; I find them disturbing and always have to look away.  Chagall



Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Couple Flying over Village

Mine alone is the country of my soul.  Chagall



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985 Lovers near Bridge 1948



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985)



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Bouquet with Flying Lovers



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in a red sky



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in Blue Sky



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in the Moonlight



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in the sky of Nice, 1964.



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers on a Red Background



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers with a half moon



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Newlyweds and Violinist 1956



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Romeo and Juliet 1964




 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) The Dream, 1939



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985)



 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) The Betrothed and Eiffel Tower 1913



Marc Chagall (1887-1985)The Wedding Candles 1945



Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Equestrian 1931


Morning Madonna


Anthony van Dyck and workshop (Flemish artist, 1599-1641) Madonna and Child c 1620

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 the core of early Western art.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

At the Farmers' Market - Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries





Garden Jewels by Gustav Klimt 1862-1918



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Farm Garden 1905



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Farm Garden with Crucifix 1912



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Farm Garden with Sunflowers 1907



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Pond at Schloss Kammer on the Attersee 1909



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Poppy Field 1907



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). The Sunflower 1907



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Villa on the Attersee 1914



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Apple Tree I 1912



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Flower Field in Litzlberg 1907



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Orchard with Roses 1912



Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter, 1862-1918). Italian Garden Landscape 1913


Gardens by English-born American Artist Walter I. Cox 1868–1930



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Hodges Garden, East Hampton, Long Island, New York

Walter Ignatuis Cox was born in Broxwood Court, Hereford, England. By the age of 13, he was studying at St Gregory's College in Somerset, England. After studying in Paris with Laurens, Lefebvre, & Benjamin-Constant, he returned to England to marry in 1897.  Cox & his wife Lavenia Carson Millett sailed to the United States in 1902, where they were naturalized in Pennsylvania.  They traveled to Victoria, British Columbia and then sailed to San Francisco in 1905. Although he lost many paintings in the 1906 earthquake, they remained active in San Francisco, until at least 1914. By 1920, Cox & his wife were living in Manhattan, frequently making sketching trips to the continent, England, & Scotland. Although he was known as a portrait painter of notables like Presidents Warren Harding & William Taft, I am particularly interested in his garden paintings, which are often images of typically American gardens.  Cox died in Alexandria, Virginia in 1930.


Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Lady under a Tree



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) The Front Porch



Walter I. Cox (American artist, 1868–1930) In the Shade



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Wine for Two



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) The Back Porch



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Outdoor Dining



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Porch Overlooking a Garden