Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Decorative Gardens of American Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939)

After weeks of very hot weather, a cooling rain is falling here this morning. The grandchildren are gathering school supplies & getting ready to return to the classroom. I can feel a hint of fall in the air; so perhaps I should post these gardens for you, before autumn sets in.

Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874–1939) was an American Impressionist decorative painter. He was born in Owosso, Michigan & studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago & the Académie Julian in Paris. Frieseke & his family resided for 14 years in Giverny, home to Monet. Frieseke was attracted to women, gardens, & bright sunlight.

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Lady in the Garden

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Lilies

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Sewing in the Garden

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Green Chair

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Judas Tree

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Under the Alder Tree (Sadie in the Garden)

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Under the Trees
Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Woman in a Doorway

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939)The Garden in June
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Monday, September 26, 2022

The Decorative Gardens of American Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939)

I promise this is the last posting of romantic, decorative American Impressionists who focused on painting women in gardens. Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), was born in Massachusetts. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; in 1884 he moved to New York to study at the Art Students League, and a year later he went to Paris to study at the Julian Academy, returning to New York in 1889.

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Woman on a Porch with Flowers

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), The Yellow Flower, The Artist's Wife in the Garden

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), The White Parasol

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Tending the Garden

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Pond Lilies

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Fleur de Lis, 1895–1900

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Reverie.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939) at the Library of Congress

Before we leave Robert Lewis Reid, I should mention, that he alternated between the easel & painting murals in public buildings. These at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress are worth note.

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Library of Congress 1896 Wisdom
Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Library of Congress 1896 Understanding

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Library of Congress 1896 Knowledge

Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Library of Congress 1896 Philosophy
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Still Another American Decorative Impressionist Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943)


Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943), American Impressionist painter, studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, & then sailed for Paris to study at Academie Julian (1898–1901). Paris was the art capital of the 19th-century. Its museums, exhibition spaces, art academies, & the manner in which the arts were perceived as an integral part of everyday life drew painters, sculptors, & architects from around the world to the French capital. As the painter Cecilia Beaux expressed it, "Everything is there." Miller became part of the “Giverny Group,” the 2nd generation of mostly American artists to study & paint near the gardens created at his home by Claude Monet. Here are a few of Miller's women in gardens.

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) In the Garden

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) Reading in the Garden

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) Summer Reverie

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) Sylvan Dell or Reverie

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) The Garden Seat

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) Woman Reading in the Garden

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) Young Woman Sewing (in the Garden)

Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) Woman with Parasol

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943)
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Fans of Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

This summer's hot, hot weather has made me notice the fans in the hands of Victorian ladies. Here are a few of Mary Cassatt's fans.

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) At the Theater

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) Portrait of Lady or Miss Mary Ellison

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) At the Theater

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) The Lamp 1891

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) Woman in a Loge

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) In the Box

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) In the Loge 1879
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) Lady with a Fan or Portrait of Anne Charlotte Gaillard

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) Two Women in a Theater Box

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) The Flirtation, a Balcony in Seville
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) Contemplation or Calrissa Turned Right with Her Hand to Her Ear

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Friday, September 16, 2022

A Little History & a Few Victorian Ladies with Fans

The origin of hand fans can be traced at least back to ancient Egypt, where the fan was seen as a sacred instrument used in religious ceremonies, & as a symbol of royalty power. Two elaborate fans were found in King Tutankhaumuns's tomb, one with a golden handle covered in ostrich feathers & the other was ebony, covered with gold & precious stones. Drawings from 3000 years ago show elegant Chinese ladies using fans. The ancient Greeks wrote poems of fans being the "scepters of feminine beauty" & Romans brought Greek fans back to Rome as objects of great value.

In the 1600s, China was importing huge quantities of exotic fans into Europe, which could provide self-cooling; prevent an unwanted tan; & shield eyes from the sun. By the 18th century, fans had become more than utilitarian, they were objects d'art for the fashionable lady. Fans became even more popular, as the fad of masquerade balls spread across Europe in that century, hiding the faces of their owners. They came to be part of an elaborate ritual of flirtation that carried on into the 19th-century.


Alfred Stevens (1828-1906) The Lady with the Fan

Jacques-Joseph Tissot (1836-1902) Young Lady with a Fan

Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Woman Seated on a Balcony

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Detail Spanish Girl with Fan

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Lady With Fan

Jacques-Joseph Tissot (1836-1902) The Fan

Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). Girl with Fan

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

John Singer Sargent's (1856-1925) Portraits of Ladies of the Light

I cannot believe that the summer is almost gone. I had meant to post a series of John Singer Sargent's women & girls in glistening light gowns. Better late than never, so I think I will begin the series here in late August. They might lend some light to dreary autumn days sure to come. They might even brighten up the week ahead.

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Ruth Sears Bacon.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Preparing for the Lady's Day by Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939)

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Afternoon Yellow Room

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Girl in Blue

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Girl on Couch

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Girl With A Necklace

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) La Poudreuse

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Lingerie

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Coral Earrings

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Dressing Room

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Gold Locket

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Pink Kimono

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Robe

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) The Window

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939)
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