Sunday, August 26, 2012

Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 & John Singer Sargent - On Windy Days


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Gust of Wind 1883


THE WIND by Emily Dickinson

Of all the sounds despatched abroad,
There's not a charge to me
Like that old measure in the boughs,
That phraseless melody

The wind does, working like a hand
Whose fingers brush the sky,
Then quiver down, with tufts of tune
Permitted gods and me.

When winds go round and round in bands,
And thrum upon the door,
And birds take places overhead,
To bear them orchestra,

I crave him grace, of summer boughs,
If such an outcast be,
He never heard that fleshless chant
Rise solemn in the tree,

As if some caravan of sound
On deserts, in the sky,
Had broken rank,
Then knit, and passed
In seamless company.



Emily Dickinson 1830-1886


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ancient American art

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Mica Hand, Hopewell Cultural Tradition, Ross County, Ohio Mound 25 c 100BCE - 500 CE at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois 

This hand is carved from a single sheet of mica, and is almost a foot long and approximately 6 inches wide. There are two holes delicately pierced into the bottom of the hand, which indicates that this may have been worn as a necklace. Because of the fragility of this work, it is likely that it was only worn as a decorative piece for public viewing on rare occasions.
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Women by Francesco di Giorgio Martini Italian painter, 1439–1502

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian painter, 1439–1502) Chastity with a Unicorn 1463

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian painter, 1439–1502) Detial Nativity San Domenico

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian painter, 1439–1502) God the Father

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian painter, 1439–1502) Fidelity, c. 1485

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian painter, 1439–1502) Saint Dorothy and the Infant Christ.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Women by Stefan Lochner 1400-1451

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Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Saint Ursula 1430


Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Saints Matthew, Catherine of Alexandria, and John the Evangelist


Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Presentation of Christ in the Temple (detail)


Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Saints Ambrosias, Cecilia and Augustine


Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Saint Ursula


Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451)  Saints Anthony the Hermit, Cornelius, Mary Magdalen Left hand wing of the two wings of the Altarpiece of the Last Judgement  1445



Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Saints Mark, Barbara and Luke


Stefan Lochner (German artist, 1400-1451) Saints Katharina, Hubertus und Quirinus
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Paints His Wife

. Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1872-77


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet Leaning on Her Elbow 1873-1874

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in a Striped Skirt 1877

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1881


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in a Striped Robe 1882-1884

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1885-87


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in Blue 1886


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1885-1887

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1888-1890

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquetin a Yellow Chair 1888-1890

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1885


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in a Yellow Chair 1888-90

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1890


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet with Unbound Hair 1890-92


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in a Red Stripped Dress 1891-92


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in the Greenhouse 1891

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in Red 1890-94


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1891-92


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet in a Green Hat 1894-95

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet


Paul Cézanne (French painter, 1839–1906) became a Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of art to a new & radically different concept of art in the 20th century. Cézanne is said to be the bridge between Impressionism & Cubism. Both Matisse & Picasso said Cézanne "is the father of us all."

 

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Self Portrait c 1875
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Maine painter Susan Marcia Oakes 1865-1914 looks at Dutch women & children



Yesterday I was looking at a posting on the blog American Gallery & saw this painting. I could not get it out of my mind, so I decided to post it for you this morning. It is about the hopeless tedium of life in the 19th century & before for many women.


Susan Marcia Oakes (American artist, 1865-1914) Mother and Daughter, Their Whole Life 1894


Maine painter Susan Marcia Oakes (1865-1914) was a student of painter Charles Woodbury in 1888, in Boston at his School Street studio. They were married in June 1890, & sailed to Europe in August to continue their art studies. Much of their married life was spent abroad in Holland. She is known for her studies of Dutch women & children. A memorial exhibition of Woodbury's work was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in April, 1914.  While she portrayed the life of the Dutch women above with utter hopelessness, she also painted the Dutch children looking forward with some joy.


Susan Marcia Oakes (American artist, 1865-1914) The Procession, a Parade of Dutch Children


Oakes is an interesting American artist.  If you wish to learn more about her, a few of her sketchbooks & a journal, entitled "Bicycle Journey in Drenthe, September 2-27, 1895," are housed at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in Washington DC.  The journal contains 50 pages of daily lengthy descriptive entries about the region, the people, paintings, & drawings made on the trip, the weather, and Woodbury's feelings. It is illustrated with numerous pencil sketches & contains small photographs of the people & the countryside. A sketchbook (1891-ca. 1898), ca. 25 pages, contains sketches of Dutch people done in Vollendam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, & other locales. One page is labeled "Harwich, England, May 30, 1891." It also contains 17 loose sketches, mainly of young children. A sketchbook (1907), ca. 30 pages, made while Woodbury was in Holland contains sketches of Dutch children & notes with descriptions of buildings & clothing.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Women attributed to Giovannia Ambrogio de Predis active 1472-1508

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Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian artist, active 1472-1508) Bianca Maria Sforza 1493


Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian artist, active 1472-1508) Portrait of a Lady 1499


Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian artist, active 1472-1508) Portrait of a Lady 1490


Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian artist, active 1472-1508) Portrait of a Lady 1500


Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian artist, active 1472-1508) Portrait of a Lady 1500


Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (Italian artist, 1472-1508) Bianca Maria Sforza (1472-1510)


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Women by Jacopo Pontormo (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557

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Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) - 1532  Portrait of a Lady in Red

Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) Detail from Jacopo da Pontormo's Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, ca. 1527-28

Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557)

Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) Lady with a Basket of Spindles

Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) Detail The Visitation

Attributed to Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) Woman in a White Dress

Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) Nativity of St John the Baptist

Jacopo Carucci known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, (Italian Mannerist painter, 1494–1557) Detail from The Deposition of Christ, 1525-28