Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Few End-of-Summer Moments from William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) - With & Without Dogs

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Detail of Afternoon by the Seal at Gravesend Bay

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)In the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Lady with Parasol)

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Good Friends I

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Good Friends II

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Tompkins Park Brooklyn

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Child on a Garden Walk

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Portrait of James Rapelje Howell

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Park in Brooklyn 1887

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lounging under a Parasol

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Lady with a Parasol

Parasols on the Beach

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Detail By the Shore

Back To School

Grandchildren at This Summer's End

Summer is really coming to an end. Last night I was talking to one of my daughters who reminded me that her youngest would join her big sister in "school" next week. It took me aback. Of course, it is just pre-kindergarden, but how could that little baby be so old so soon? When I saw this photo of these sisters at the beach, I remembered another photo of older grandchildren at the beach taken nearly a decade ago.

Older Grandchildren at the Beach 10 Years Ago

These children in 21st-century settings are not as formal as those posed & painted over a century ago by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925); but beyond the clothing & settings, the difference is negligible no matter the surroundings, the decade, or the century. Each one just a fragile, precious life...

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Marian Madge Roller

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Frances Winifred Hill

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Portrait of a Child

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Dorothy Vickers

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Charlotte Cram

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Dorothy

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Jeanne Kieffer

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Teresa Gosse

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Cara Burch

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Helen Sears

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Village Children

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Young Girl Wearing a White Muslin Blouse

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

John White Alexander - Very Lyrical...

Our season tickets to the symphony have arrived, and I am putting the dates on my calendar. These paintings are simply perfect for that task.

John White Alexander (1856-1915), A Ray of Sunlight (also known as The Cellist) 1898

John White Alexander (1856-1915), Study in Black and Green 1906

John White Alexander (1856-1915), Althea 1895

Sleek, Elegant, Sophisticated Dogs

Gaye at Little Augury sent me this photo saying she wished American painter Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942) would have included a dog in one of his windblown-women-with-white dresses-standing-on-a-cliff-in-the-summertime paintings. I cannot find one for her, but I did remember these by his contemporary John White Alexander (1856-1915), that I thought she might enjoy.

Photo sent by Little Augury

John White Alexander (1856-1915), Miss Dorothy Roosevelt (Mrs. Langdon Geer)

John White Alexander (1856-1915), Anna Palmer Draper 1888

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Lovely Portrait by Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)


It's Been 16 Minutes Since She Returned Home and He Still Takes Her Breath Away

Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862 – 1938) After the Ball 1898

The Formula

This American artist loved to paint summer women in white dresses with skirts & scarves blowing in the wind surrounded by blue skies. (It should be noted that they are wearing "sensible" shoes.) His formula worked. Prolific & popular, Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942) from Hartford, Kentucky, was only 23, when he received artistic recognition by exhibiting at New York’s National Academy of Design.

Curran’s style & skill in portraying light were honed by 2 years at Paris’ Academie Julien. On his return, Curran kept studios in New York City & Cragsmore, New York. Curran taught at the Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, & the National Academy. The cliffs & clouds he painted were the landscape of Cragsmore, a community of artists.

He liked to inject just a little bit of whimsical tension into his paintings of fragile, innocent women in white dresses by precariously perching them atop craggy hilltops & ledges engulfed in a perfect backdrop of blue sky & fluffy white clouds. But only a little bit of tension, mind you. At least I think it was whimsy. The women standing alone remind me of early 20th century Lady Liberties.

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Summer Clouds 1917

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) The Boulder 1919

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) On the Heights

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Summer 1906

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Sunlit Valey 1920

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Noonday Sunlight

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) On the Cliff 1910

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) The Veiled Cloud 1926

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Faraway Thoughts

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Ragged Clouds 1922

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Sunny Morning

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) High Country 1917

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Sunshine and Haze

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) The Green Jacket 1917

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) Cliffs at Cragsmor