Mar 30

Arts Everyday Living: Earth Poem—A Child’s Homage to Spring

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EARTH POEM

A CHILD’S HOMAGE TO SPRING

 

 

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Theodoor Verstraete, Spring in Schoore, detail, 1894, oil on canvas, Musee des Beaux-Artes, Tournai, Belgium

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Full painting

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It’s Spring Again.  The earth is like a child that recites poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus

Belgian artist Theodoor Verstraete (1850-1907) focused on scenes  of the countryside, particularly of peasant life. Although I have used the above excerpt from the poetry of Austro-Bohemian Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) before, it seems perfect for Verstraete’s painting.

For more on Rainer Maria Rilke, click:

California Dreaming: Paradise in Winter

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Mar 28

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Italian Artist’s Eyes—The Art of Flirting

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THROUGH AN ITALIAN ARTIST’S EYES

THE ART OF FLIRTING

 

 

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Pietro Rotari, Girl with a Book, date unknown, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Italian artist Pietro Rotari (1707-1762) began his career in his native country, but he also resided in Russia, where he both painted portraits for the court of Empress Catherine the Great as well as genre portrayals like Girl with a Book above.  British writer Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) created one of the classic novels of English literature, Jane Eyre.

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Mar 26

Arts Everyday Living: A Medieval Tale— The Story of Star-Crossed Lovers

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A MEDIEVAL TALE

THE STORY OF STAR-CROSSED LOVERS

 

 

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Frederic William Burton, Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 1864, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

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 Princesss Hellelil and her body guard Hildebrand had fallen in love but her father regarded the young soldier as an unsuitable match for his daughters and ordered his sons to kill her.

National Gallery of Ireland website

This watercolor by Irish artist Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) captures a pivotal moment based on a Danish medieval tale of star-crossed lovers.

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Mar 24

Arts Everyday Living: Through an Impressionist’s Eyes-Degas & Art of Hair Combing

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THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES

DEGAS & ART OF HAIR COMBING

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Edgar Degas, Women Combing Their Hair, c. 1875-1876, oil on paper mounted on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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I always urged my contemporaries to look for interest and inspiration in the development and study of drawing but they would not listen.  They thought the road to salvation lay by the way of colour.

Fortnightly Review

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Mar 22

Arts Everyday Living: Looking Ahead to Summer—Little Girl on the Beach

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LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

LITTLE GIRL ON THE BEACH

 

 

 

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Peder Severin Kroyer, Summer Day on Skagen’s Southern Beach, 1884, oil on canvas, Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The beaches are beautiful with whiter than white sands and the sea water is clear and inviting…Visit the inspiring museums and dwell in the world famous paintings by artists such as Michael and Anne Ancher and P.S. Kroyer.

Toppen al Danmak

According to the website of Toppen al Danmak today, the beaches of Danish seaside resort Skagen are still worth a visit.  For more on one of Denmark’s memorable artists Peder Severian Kroyer (1851-1909), who painted often at Skagen, just click on the following two blogs:

Artists of the Northern Light—Two Women by the Sea on a Mid-Summer’s Eve

A Family Affair in Art—Memories of Summers by the Sea

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Mar 20

Arts Everyday Living: Portrait of an Aristocrat—On the Brink of Adulthood

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PORTRAIT OF AN ARISTOCRAT

ON THE BRINK OF ADULTHOOD

 

 

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James Jebusa Shannon, Lady Majorie Manners, 1900, oil on canvas, National Trust, Plas Newydd, Anglesey, Wales

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A beautiful body perishes but a work of art does not.

Leonardo da Vinci*

Although James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923) was born in the United States, the future artist moved to England when he was in his teens, soon studying at British art schools. He eventually won acclaim as a portrait painter, his subjects often including members of the aristocracy such as 17 year old Lady Majorie Manners above. Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has left posterity numerous reflections and theories regarding art in his Notebooks; however, I was not able to find the source of the quote above.

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Mar 18

Arts Everyday Living: Through a Botanical Artist’s Eyes—Wildflowers of South Africa

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THROUGH A BOTANICAL ARTIST’S EYES

WILDFLOWERS OF SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

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Marianne North, Wild Flowers of Ceres, South Africa, c. 1882, oil on canvas?, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London, UK

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None can have a healthy love of flowers unless he loves the wild ones.

Forbes Watson

British artist and botanical painter Marianne North (1830-1890) traveled the world, immortalizing exotic flowers and plants including the striking arrangement from South Africa above.  I was able to find little about Forbes Watson, although his observation about wild flowers is often quoted.

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Mar 16

Arts Everyday Living: A House of Cards—The Solitary Player

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A HOUSE OF CARDS

THE SOLITARY PLAYER

 

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Jean-Simeon Chardin, House of Cards, 1736-1737, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK

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A structure or plan that is insubstantial and subject to imminent collapse, as a structure made by balancing playing cards against each other.

House of Cards, definition, from dictionary. com

French 18th century artist Jean-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) was a master of genre scenes such as House of Cards (a theme repeated by the painter), recreating the everyday activities of the rising middle class.

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Mar 14

Arts Everyday Living: The World of Van Gogh–These Shoes Are Made for Walking?

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THE WORLD OF VAN GOGH

THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR WALKING?

 

 

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Vincent van Gogh, Shoes, 1888, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

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You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

Publius Syrus*

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) not only created portraits of people, but also of the objects around him, including the pair of shoes above.  The words of wisdom of ancient Roman Publius Syrus (85-43 B.C.) have endured in books such as The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus* (by D. Lyman).

You might want to test your knowledge of Vincent’s art by clicking:

Masterpiece Quiz: Vincent van Gogh at Home

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Mar 12

Arts Everyday Living: Summer in March–Crimson Roses, Impressionist Sunlight

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SUMMER IN MARCH

CRIMSON ROSES, IMPRESSIONIST SUNLIGHT

 

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Philip Leslie Hale, Crimson Rambler, 1908, oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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You love the roses—so do I.  I wish

The sky would rain down roses….

George Eliot, Roses

American Impressionist Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931) created the haunting Crimson Rambler at his home near Boston, where he lived with wife and fellow artist Lillian Westcott Hale; his sister Ellen Day Hale also had a career in painting.  Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), better known as George Eliot, is one of the major forces in British literature, the author of classic works such as The Mill on the FlossSilas Marner, and Middlemarch.

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