Saturday, November 19, 2022

Another Lady Reading

"Child Hassam (1859-1935). Portrait of Edith Blaney, Pastel on paper, 1894. This portrait shows Mrs. Blaney at rest with the island garden behind her. The book in her hand, charmingly, is Celia Thaxter's An Island Garden, about Thaxter's own garden on Appledore, illustrated by Hassam, and published that same year."

I was re-reading The Down East Dilettante just now & found this wonderful pastel from his posting on Sunday. Another lady resting in the shade of the garden & reading a book. One of my favorite blogs about architecture, design, landscape, arts, antiques, & other passing fancies from Maine, New England, & Points Yonder. Can't recommend it enough.


Thursday, November 17, 2022

A Women & Her Garden in Maine

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Poppies on the Isles of Shoals.

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935). In the Garden (Celia Thaxter in Her Garden.)

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine.

For Carol & Brad.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Girls of Summer by James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903)

James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Symphonie in White No 2 1864

James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Tanagra 1867-70
James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Symphony in White no 1 1862

James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Harmony in Pink and Grey Valerie, Lady Meux 1881
James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland 1871-73
James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Harmony in Grey and Green Miss Cicely Alexander 1873
James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Symphony in White No 3 1866

James Mc Neill Whistler (1834-1903). Resting In Bed 1884

Friday, November 11, 2022

John Singer Sargent's (1856-1925) Lazy Summer Days

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Reclining Figure

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Zuleika Reclining

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Woman Reclining

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Two Girls in White Dresses
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). The Chess Game.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

American John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) in European Gardens

John Singer Sargent was not actually brought up in America. Sargent was born in Florence, Italy, and spent his childhood & adolescence touring Europe with his American parents who had decided on a nomadic lifestyle abroad in pursuit of culture rather than a more secure existence back home.

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Villa di Marllia Lucca
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Villa di Marlia Fountain
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)The Garden Wall
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Villa Torlonia Frascati.
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Garden in Corfu 1

Monday, November 7, 2022

John Singer Sargent's (1856 - 1925) Beloved Lily

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Garden Study of the Vickers Children
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Millets Garden
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Carnation Lily Lily Rose

The same lily was also a favorite of Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Among the Lilies.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) from European Loggia to American Veranda

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). Villa Torre Galli The Loggia
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). A Gust of Wind
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) On the Veranda at Ironbound Island, Maine.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Thomas Eakins' (1844-1916) Melancholy Women of Summer

If you follow this blog, you already know that I am drawn to close-up portraits that capture the essence of a person without being distracted by their clothing or surroundings. They seem to me to be more honest depictions reflecting either the painter's bias or the sitter's mood.

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Portrait of Alice Kurtz
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Portrait of Weda_Cook 1891
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Portrait of Miss Lucy Lewis 1896
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Portrait of Mrs. Leigo
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Portrait of Maude Cooks 1895

Friday, October 28, 2022

Mary Cassatt's (1844-1926) Children in Summer

A little girl may begin, at five or six years of age, to assist her mother; and if properly trained, by the time she is ten, she can render essential aid. From this age until fourteen or fifteen, it should be the pricipal object of her education to secure a strong and healthy constitution, and a thorough practical knowledge of all kinds of domestic employments.Catherine E. Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy, 1843
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Children Playing on the Beach 1885

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Children in a Garden 1878

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Child in a Straw Hat 1886

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Summer Women & Walls by Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

The sun will not rise or set without my notice, and thanks. Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Peach Blossoms
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Girl in a Garden
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Peach Blossoms
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Girls with Lobster
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) The Garden Wall

Monday, October 24, 2022

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) in the Garden

Although Mary Cassatt is usually remembered for her paintings of mothers and children, she also painted a few lovely garden portraits. Here are some of my favorites.

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Lydia Seated in the Garden with a Dog in Her Lap

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Red Poppies Detail
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Young Woman Sewing in a Garden

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marley 1880

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Young Woman Sewing in the Garden 1886
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). The Cup of Tea 1879