Archive for August, 2012

Greens by American artist John White Alexander (1856-1915)


 

.John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Repose 1895
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Mrs John White Alexander 1902
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915)Study in Black and Green 1906
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Young Girl in Green Dress
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Young Woman Arranging Her Hair 1890
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) The Green Dress 1890
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) The Green Bow 1898
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) June
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Juliette 1897
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Green Girl 1896
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) A Rose
John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) The Green Gown 1904

John White Alexander (American painter, 1856-1915) Portrait of a Lady 1900
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.John White Alexander (1856-1915), A Ray of Sunlight (also known as The Cellist) 1898
John White Alexander (1856-1915), Althea 1895John White Alexander (1856-1915) Fancy Dress 1894
John White Alexander (1856-1915) Mrs Herman Duryea 1900
John White Alexander (American artist, 1856-1915) The Blue Bowl 1898


Women sewing Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841-1919


Pierre Auguste Renoir (French painter, 1841-1919) Chistine Lerolle Embroidering
Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Woman Sewing
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Marie Therese Durand Fuel Sewing
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Young Woman Sewing
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Embroiderers detail 1904
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Girl Tatting 1906-1908
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Jean Renoir Sewing
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Woman Sewing 1910
Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) Woman Sewing at the Window (detail), 1900

Pierre Auguste Renoir (French artist, 1841-1919) The Embroiderer a Woman Embroidering in a Garden

Leonardo da Vinci


Cecilia Gallerani c 1473-1536

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Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) The Lady with the Ermine thought to be Cecilia Gallerani, 1496
"Cecilia Gallerani was born around 1473. Very beautiful and famously portrayed by Leonardo in Lady with an Ermine, Cecilia kept a literary salon and wrote Latin verse. She was a true daughter of the Renaissance and became prominent at the court of her lover Ludovico Sforza, called ‘Il Moro’, Duke of Milan. In 1491 however, Ludovico married the very young Beatrice d’Este, the sister of Isabella Gonzaga. In the same year Cecilia gave birth to Ludovico’s son." (Servadio, p. 6)
"Strong-willed Beatrice d’Este insisted that her new husband Ludovic Sforza remove his mistress, Cecilia Gallerani, from court in 1491. Ludovic acquiesced to Beatrice’s demands, but repaid Cecilia by marrying her to a highly placed noble and by giving the couple a palace. Though Cecilia received excellent retirement benefits from Ludovc, her story indicates that life as a mistress could be a degrading and insecure career." (Williams &Echols, 1994, pp. 90-91)
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Women by Leonardo Da Vinci 1452-1519

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Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Woman’s Head
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Portrait of Ginevra Benci
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Female Head

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Mona Lisa, c.1504
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) St Anne c 1508
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) La Belle Ferroniere

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Head of a Woman

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) The Lady with the Ermine (Cecilia Gallerani), 1496

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Head of a Woman

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) possibly La Bella Principessa

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Leda c 1510

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Study for the Virgin of the Rocks

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Head of a Woman Three Quarters to the Left

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Detail Virgin and Child

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Head of a Woman

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Woman’s Head

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Woman’s Profile

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Woman’s Head as Virgin 1508-11

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne & a young Saint John the Baptist Detail

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Study for Madonna with the Yarnwinder c. 1501

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Detail of Angel from The Annunciation

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Study of a Woman c 1487

Leonardo Da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519) Young Lady 1500

Leonardo Da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519) Narcissus 1495

Madonna & Child by Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Virgin & Child with St Anne

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) The Madonna of the Carnation

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Madonna

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Madonna with the Yarnwinder 1510

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Benois Madonna, 1478

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Madonna and Child

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Madonna and Child


Turquerie to Orientalist to Japonisme


Frederick Arthur Bridgman (English artist, 1847-1928) An Oriental Beauty (In Private Spaces)
Lord Frederic Leighton (English Classicist Painter and Sculptor, 1830-1896) Light of the Harem (In Private Spaces)
European & British painters portrayed the Middle East from 17th century to the early years of the 20th century. The Turquerie paintings of the 17th & 18th centuries became the Orientalist art of the 19th century, when steam engines were first used in travel, making it possible for artist to travel to the Middle East more easily. They often reached their destination by way of Spain, Morocco, Greece & the Balkans, where they paused to paint what they saw there as well. Orientalist art portraying women was seen by some as too erotic, racist & sexist, as it developed just as women in the West were fighting for the right to vote. And, of course, as travel horizons broadened in the later part of the 19th century, Japonisme painting became all the rage.
Charles Emile Hippolyte Lecomte-Vernet, (French artist, 1821-1900) La Tricoteuse (In Private Spaces)
Charles Emile Hippolyte Lecomte-Vernet, (French artist, 1821-1900) Cymbolist (In Private Spaces)
Charles Zacherie Landelle (French artist, 1812-1908) Jewish Woman from Tangers (In Private Spaces)
Charles Zacherie Landelle (French artist, 1812-1908) Odalisque 1846 (In Private Spaces)
Edwin Long (British artist, 1829-1891) Music (In Private Spaces)
Edwin Long (British artist, 1829-1891) The Eastern Lily (In Private Spaces)
Francois Gabriel Guillaume Lepaulle (French artist, 1804-1886) The Pasha and His Harem (In Private Spaces)
Frank Dicksee (English Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1853-1928) Leila 1892 (In Private Spaces)
Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss painter, 1702–1789) Turkish Women with Tambourine (In Private Spaces)
Charles Wynne Nicholls (Irish artist, 1831-1903) Eastern Beauty 1862
Charles Wynne Nicholls (Irish artist, 1831-1903) The Light of the Harem
John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876) was a prolific Orientalist English painter specializing in Oriental & Mediterranean scenes fashioned in exquisitely detailed oils & watercolors. He was the son of Frederick Christian Lewis (1779-1856), engraver & landscape-painter. Lewis lived in Spain 1832-34, & lived in Cairo 1841-50, where he made numerous sketches, which he turned into paintings after his return to England in 1851. He lived in Walton-on-Thames until his death.
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) A Favorite of the Harem (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) A Greek Girl (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) A Lady Gazing over the Bay of Naples (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) A Young Lady in Turkish Dress (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) Harem Life, Constantinople (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) Girl with Doves (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) In the Bey-s Garden 1865 (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) Lilium Auratum 1871 (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) Private Conversation (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876) The Coffee Bearer (In Private Spaces)
John Frederick Lewis (British Painter, 1804-1876)
Lord Frederic Leighton (English Classicist Painter and Sculptor, 1830-1896) The Music Lesson (In Private Spaces)
Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American artist, 1847–1928) A Circassian, 1881 (In Public Places)
Rudolf Lehnert (Austrian artist, 1878-1948) The Promenade of the Harem (In Public Places)

Gathering water everyday- 19th-Century Women


We had a huge storm here 6 days ago. Many are still without power. If you live in the country, as we do, the water pump simply does not operate without electricity. Finding bottled water is the only solution. The situation helps me better understand the time-consuming chores of the past needed just to live everyday.

Diogène Ulysse Napoléon Maillart (French painter, 1840–1926), Young Italian Water Carrier

Eugene de Blaas, also known as Eugene von Blaas or Eugenio de Blaas (1843–1932)

James Barnes (English artist, 18??-1923)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905)

Elisabeth Keyser (Swedish artist, 1851-1898)

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French painter, 1844–1925) Retour de la Fountaine

Eugene de Blaas, also known as Eugene von Blaas or Eugenio de Blaas (1843–1932)

Theodore Robinson (American artist, 1852-1896)

Daniel Ridgway Knight (American expatriate genre artist, 1839-1924)

Juan Antonio Gonzalez (Spanish painter, 1842-1914)

Henry Mosler (American painter, 1841-1920)

Ignacio Diaz Olano (Spanish artist, 1860-1937)

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French painter, 1844–1925) At the Fountain 1895

Margaret ‎(House of Habsburg) of Austria 1584–1611 Queen consort of Spain & Portugal

Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611)
Margaret of Austria (1584–1611), of the Habsburg family, became Queen consort of Spain & Portugal by her marriage to King Philip III, of the Habsburg family. Margaret was the daughter of Archduke Charles II of Austria, the son of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I & Maria Anna of Bavaria.

Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (Spanish painter, 1553-1608)
When she was 14, Margaret married Philip III of Spain (1576-1621), her 1st cousin, once-removed, in 1599, & became a very influential figure at her husband’s court.

Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (Spanish painter, 1553-1608)
Although it was one of those strategically arranged marriages between the Austrian & Spanish Habsburgs, Philip had an "affectionate, close relationship" with Margaret, & paid her even more attention after she bore him a son in 1605.

1603-09 Margaret of Austria by Bartolomé González y Serrano (1564–1627) 1603-1609
At the Spanish court, the Austrian Margaret was a patroness of the arts, a pious Catholic, "astute & very skillful" in her political dealings.

1607 Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (Spanish painter, 1553-1608)
The pro-Austrian camp at the Spanish court was opposed by the Duke of Lerma, the King’s chief minister, who argued that Spain should pursue her own course of action independently of religious (Catholic) or dynastic (Habsburg Family) ties.

1609 Bartolomé González y Serrano (1564–1627) Portrait of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611)
Queen Margaret was "melancholic" & unhappy about the influence of Duke, whom she considered corrupt, over her husband, & continually fought him for influence over the king.

Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez
The Duke of Lerma was eventually removed from power in 1618, but Margaret was already dead.

Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (Spanish painter, 1553-1608) Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) with her daughter Infanta Maria Anna who lived from Feb 1-Feb 2, 1603
Margaret & Philip were the parents of 8 children, of whom 5 survived into adulthood. At age 26, Margaret died while giving birth to her child, Alfonso. Her husband never remarried & died 10 years later.

Portrait of Andres Lopez King Philip III of Spain (1576-1621)

Bartolomé González y Serrano (1564–1627) Portrait of the children of Philip III of Spain (Ferdinand, Alfonso and Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) 1612

Detail Child of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Bartolomé González y Serrano (1564–1627) Alfonso Mauricio who lived 1611-12.

Detail Child of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) by Bartolomé González y Serrano (1564–1627). Margarethe who lived 1610-17

Santiago Morán el Viejo (1571-1626) Child of Margarethe of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584–1611) Margarethe lived 1610-17.

Anna of Austria 1549-80 marries her uncle Philip II of Spain 1527-98 & has 5 children

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Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98), 1571 by Alonso Sanchez Coello (Spanish Painter, c 1531-1588) Detail
Anna of Austria (1549–1580), was Queen consort of Spain & Portugal. She was the first daughter of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor & Maria of Spain. She was born in Spain, but lived in Vienna from the age of four.

Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. of Austria and his wife Maria (1528-1603) of Spain with Anna (1549-1580), Rudolph (1552-1612 and Ernst (1553-1595)
Anna was considered the favorite child of her father. It is said that once a meeting of the State of Hungary was postponed because Anna was sick. Anna received a Catholic education, even though her father was sympathetic to Lutheranism.

Archduchess Anna, Daughter of Emperor Maximillian II, attr to Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
As the eldest daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor, Anna was a desirable party for marriage at the European courts. Her parents preferred to arrange a Spanish marriage for her because of its links between the Austrian & Spanish Habsburg families.

King Philip II of Spain by Sofonisba Anguissola (Italian artist, 1530s-1625) Paolo Fagolo in 1563 said about Philip II of Spain that he was "slight of stature and round-faced, with pale blue eyes, somewhat prominent lip, and pink skin, but his overall appearance is very attractive." The Ambassador went on to say "He dresses very tastefully, and everything that he does is courteous and gracious."
Marriage apparently was a Habsurg strategy to accumulate territory & sovereignty by tracking down appropriate foreign royals to marry. If no appropriate royal was available, then they kept things in the family by marrying cousins or by uncles marrying one of their nieces. In October 1568, Anna’s uncle King Phillip II of Spain’s 3rd wife, Isabel, died. Reportedly Anna’s mother María was glad to read a letter from her own brother some months later asking for his niece’s hand. She would become his 4th wife. In 1569, Anna’s engagement to her uncle Philip II was announced. In 1570, they married by proxy. He was 43, & she was 21.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98)
It is reported, that when Anna learned that she was going to marry her admired uncle, she couldn’t be more pleased. She went to Spain with her brothers Wenceslass & Albert, who were to receive a Spanish education. When she crossed the border, she was joined by her brothers Rudolph & Ernest, who had already been living in Spain. Ana & Phillip married in Segovia in November of 1570.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98), by Bartolome Gonzalez y Serrano (1564-1627)
Just as she was her father’s favorite child, she was also Philip’s most adored wife. But the marriage between the king & his neice was at first opposed by many, including Pope Pius V. According to diplomats, the determined king was in love with his young bride. It was Philip’s 4th marriage, but the king still had no male heir.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98)
Anna apparently completed her duties flawlessly. Not only was she a good stepmother to Philip’s daughters Isabella Clara Eugenia and Catalina Micaela’, she also gave birth to 5 children, 4 boys & a girl. Their son Philip III of Spain (1578–1621), succeeded his father. He was their only child to live to adulthood.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98), by Anthonis Mor (1519–1575)
There are no records of the king having mistresses during the time of this marriage. Queen Anna was cheerful & calm and managed to ease some of the stiff atmosphere at the Spanish court. Anna busied herself mostly with child-bearing, child-rearing, & needlework.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98), by Sofonisba Anguissola (Italian artist, 1530s-1625)
When the couple travelled to Portugal, after the death of Henry of Portugal, they both became seriously ill. The king became ill first, and Anna prayed for his recovery. At the time, Anna was pregnant. She became more ill. In much pain after a premature childbirth, she died at the age of about 30. Her uncle & husband King Phillip II was devastated.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98), by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (Spanish painter, 1553-1608)
This marriage was the 1st of 3 uncle-niece marriages in the pedigree of the great grandson of Philip II, Charles II of Spain. Over time, the problems caused by Habsburg inbreeding got worse. Charles’s genetically caused diseases would end the Habsburg line in Spain. In 1700, the last Spanish Habsburg king died. Most folks have 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great great grandparents. Charles II of Spain had just 9 total. He died without issue at age 35.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-80), Wife of Philip II of Spain (1527-98), 1571 by Alonso Sanchez Coello (Spanish Painter, c 1531-1588)


Summer Sewing Indoors


Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (French Rococo Era Painter, 1699-1779) The Laborious Mother c 1740

Jacques-Louis David (French painter, 1748-1825) Portrait of Madame Adélaide Pastoret, 1791-1792

Joshua Reynolds (English Rococo Era Painter, 1723-1792) Handwork

Georg Friedrich Kersting (German painter, 1785-1847) 1812

Edward Lamson Henry (American genre painter, 1841–1919) Embroidery

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Zichy (Hungarian artist, 1829-1906)

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Zichy (Hungarian painter, 1829-1906)

James Brade Sword (American genre artist, 1839-1915) Woman Embroidering

Michael Zichy (Hungarian artist, 1827 – 1906) 1878

Eva Bonnier (Swedish artist, 1857-1909) Couturieres 1887

Karl Gampenrieder (German artist, 1860-1930) Needlepoint

Charles Webster Hawthorne (American Painter, 1872-1930) The Trousseau 1910

Charles Webster Hawthorne (American Painter, 1872-1930)The Dress Maker 1920

Charles Webster Hawthorne (American Painter, 1872-1930) Girl Sewing 1923

Mikhail Mikhailovich Bozhi Bozhiy (Ukranian artist, 1911 – 1990) 1960


William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905)


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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) The Little Knitter 1882

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) Young Worker 1869
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) Little Knitter 1879
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) The Knitting Woman 1869
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) Sewing
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) The Spinner
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) Young Girl Sewing
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905)
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Morning Madonna

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) The Madonna of the Roses 1903
In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were the core of early Western art.

Morning Madonna

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French Academic painter, 1825-1905) The Virgin of the Lilies


various Artist


Kris Lewis (1978, American)

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Low Tide

We’re Going South

Alex Levin (1975, Ukrainian-born Israeli)

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Mother Australia

First Wisdom Lesson

Family Praying

Torah Study

Telling The Story

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Purim At Mea Shearim

Teaching The Lesson

Market By The Jaffa Gate

Children’s Time

 

Joseph Being Sold By His Brothers

Mary And Elisabeth With John And Baby Jesus

Self-Portrait With Family

Jewish Family In Slavery At The Gates Of Babylon

 

Feeding The Lamb

The Discovery Of A Nest

Two Young Italian Girls In A Courtyard

On The Stairs

The Portrait Of Katya

 

I monelli della fattoria (Farmyard Rascals)

Disciplina (Discipline)

Patatrac!

La maschera (The Mask)

Nutrendo gli agnelli (Feeding The Lambs)

Buoni amici (Good Comrades)

Piedi sporchi (Dirty Feets)

Nutrendo il bimbo (Feeding The Baby)

Gioie di una madre (Motherly Joy)

La pappa (Baby Food)

Amore materno (A Mother’s Love)

Orgoglio materno (Mother’s Pride)

Le beffe al gatto (Mocking The Cat)

Il desinare della vedova (The Widow’s Dinner)

I primi passi (The First Steps)

Un piccolo dono (A Small Gift)

L’ultimo nato (The Latest Born)

Gioie materne (Motherly Joy)

Giocando col bambino (Playing With Baby)

Il veterano (The Veteran)

Il momento propizio (The Right Moment)

 

Portrait Of Mrs. Drury Percy Wormaid And Her Son

Christmas Greetings

A First Visit To The Dentist

In Church

 

Monastery Boy Hitting The Gong

Offering Rice

Monks In Yellow Robes

Three Young Nuns In Pink

Friends At Play

Young Nuns At Shwe Inn Bin Monastery

Four Praying Nuns

Going To The Temple

At The Monastery

 





 

Christina Robertson (1796 – 1854, Scottish)

Children With A Parrot

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna With Her Children


Women Reading


 

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George Cochran Lambdin (American artist, 1830 – 1896) Girl Reading
Walter MacEwen (American artist, 1860 – 1943) Girl Standing with Book
William Worcester Churchill (American artist, 1858 – 1926) The Chinese Vase
William Chadwick (American artist, 1879–1962) The Front Parlor at the Florence Griswold House
Lillian Mathilde Genth (American artist, 1876–1953) Portrait
Arvid Nyholm (American artist, 1866–1927) Reading by the Greenhouse
Karl Albert Buehr (American artist, 1866–1952) Repose
William Worcester Churchill (American artist, 1858–1926) Leisure
Daniel Huntington (American artist, 1816–1906) Study in a Wood
Lillian Mathilde Genth (American artist, 1876–1953) A Pleasant Afternoon
Susan Ricker Knox (American artist, 1874–1959) Reading in the Garden
William Morris Hunt (American artist, 1824–1879) Girl Reading
Edmund Charles Tarbell (American artist, 1862–1938) Reading by a Window 1903

John White Alexander (American artist, 1856-1915) Jesse Steele Reading

Carl von Marr (American artist, 1858–1936) Lady reading in the morning sun
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Readers by New York’s Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910)

.Seymour Joseph Guy (American painter, 1824-1910) Summer Issue
English-born Seymour Joseph Guy became one of America’s most famous genre painters, celebrated for his delicate genre paintings of women & children in domestic environments. Several of his paintings revolved around reading. Although genre painting is not popular today, it gives us an intimate view into 19th-century America.
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) An Interesting Book
In 1852, he married Anna Maria Barber (c. 1832–1907), daughter of William Barber, an engraver. The couple had 9 children who served as models for their father.
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Preparing for the next day 1895
Guy immigrated to America in 1854, and immediately entered the artists’ circles in New York, as a portraitist and later, a genre painter.
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Dear Polly
In 1861, he was listed as a founding member of the Brooklyn Art Association and named an associate of the National Academy the next year.
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Young Girl Reading 1877
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) The Reading Lesson
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Franz Marc (German artist, 1880-1916) Woman reading in the green

Charles-Joseph Natoire (French Rococo Era Painter, 1700-1777) Young Woman

Frederick Childe Hassam (American Impressionist painter, 1859-1935) Reading 1888

Barend Cornelius Koekkoek (Dutch Painter, 1803-1862) Woman with a book

Jean Édouard Vuillard (French painter, 1868-1940) Woman Reading on a Bench 1898

Gennaro Befanio (Italian artist, 1866-1911) A Read in the Garden

Gyula Benczú (Hungarian painter, (1844–1920) Woman reading

Grace Cossington Smith (Australian painter, (1892-1984) Reading

Édouard Manet (French painter, 1832-1883) Jeune femme dans le jardin, 1880

Charles Edward Perugini (English painter) Portrait of a lady, c. 1870

Norbert Goeneutte (French artist, 1854 – 1894) Anna Goeneutte Wearing a Beret

Edmond François Aman-Jean (French artist, 1858–1936) Women Reading 1922

John Lavery (Irish Painter, 1856-1941) Girl in a Red Dress Reading by a Swimming Pool

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Reading Under a Tree
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Frank W. Benson (American artist, 1862-1951) The Reader

Marcus Stone (British painter, 1840-1921) Reading Outdoors with Cat

Theodore Robinson, (American Impressionist painter 1852-1895) Reading in The Valley of Arconville, c 1887

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky (Russian painter, 1868-1945) Reading in the Garden 1915

Claude Monet (French painter, 1840-1926) La Liseuse Reading Woman. 1872

Albert Edelfelt (Finnish painter, 1884-1905) Woman and Parasol, 1886

Paul Cesar Helleu (French artist, 1859-1927) Reader

Irving Ramsay Wiles (American artist, 1861–1948) Reading in the Garden

Joseph DeCamp (American artist, 1858-1923) June Sunlight 1902

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Women Reading in the Garden 1880

Curt Herrmann (1854-1929) Sophie Herrmann.

Jacques-Joseph Tissot (1836-1902) Reading a Story

Theodore Robinson, (American Impressionist painter 1852-1895) Reading in the Lane c 1893

Karl Raupp (German-born 1837-1918) Reading Under a Tree

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) In a Garden Corfu 1909.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Reading in a Garden

Frank Dicey (1838-1888) The Novel, A Lady in a Garden Reading

Ada Thilen (Finnish painter, 1852-1933) Reading


Women Artists & The French Revolution


– Marie-Guillemine Benoist 1768–1826

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Self-Portrait, 1790

Today’s earlier posting of the Morning Mother on this blog was painted by Marie-Guillemine Benoist, the daughter of a government official in France. She initially studied with woman artist Vigee-Lebrun, & her earlier works show a distinct influence of her tutor. Benoist later studied with Jacques-Louis David, so that her later images are more Neo-Classical in style. During her lifetime, Benoist produced paintings ranging from inspirational historic themes to touching family portraits. Her works also included subjects sympathetic to contemporary issues, such as her portrait of the African woman painted in 1800, which was inspired by the French decree to abolish slavery. Benoist was commissioned by Napolean to paint his portrait as well as portraits of his family members.
Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Il sonno
Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Portrait d’une femme noire 1800
Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borgehese
Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) du château de Fontainebleau
Marie-Guillemine Benoist (French artist, 1768–1826) Elisa Bonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, c 1805
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& The French Revolution – Self Portraits by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun 1755-1842

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Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Self-Portrait 1781

Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Self Portrait 1790
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (1755-1842) was born in Paris in 1755. She enjoyed the patronage of Queen Marie-Antoinette as well as that of other European nobility. She painted many portraits of the ill-fated Marie-Anoinette including one of the queen & her children which was commissioned as a desperate effort to salvage the queen’s bad reputation. Vigee-Lebrun left France just before the revolution but returned later to continue her career. Despite her earlier royalist associations, she was able to garner continued acceptance as an artist by the post-revolutionary regime & was elected to the Academie Royale.
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Self Portrait 1789

Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Self Portrait
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Self Portrait 1800
Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Self Portrait 1800.

Women Artists & The French Revolution – Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun 1755-1842

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Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Princess Louise Radziwill Hohenzollern 1801
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Princess Eudocia Ivanovna Galitzine as Flora 1799
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Portrait of a Lady
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Mme Rousseau et sa fille
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Madame Molé-Raymond de la Comédie Italienne
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Madame du Barry
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Louise Marie Adeaide de Bourbon-Penthiève, duchesse d’Orléans
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Lady Folding a Letter 1784
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Josephine Grassini in the role of Zaire
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Isabella Teotochi Marini 1792
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland later Marchioness Wellesley 1791
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Comtesse de la Châtre
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Comtesse Catherine Vassillievna Skavronskaia, dame d’honneur de l’Impératrice Catherine I
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Baroness Crussol 1785
Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Antoinette-Elisabeth Marie d’Aguesseau, comtesse de Ségur

Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Lady Hamilton (1761–1815), as a Bacchante

Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Mademoiselle Brongniart

Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Countess Golovine (1766–1821)

Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (French artist, 1755-1842) Young Woman
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Women Artists & The French Revolution – Geneviève Bouliard 1763-1825

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Marie-Genevieve Bouilard was a Parisian portrait painter whose career lasted over 30 years. She was the daughter of a dressmaker, & she never married. She learned from Siffred Joseph Duplessis. Her portraits were extrememly popular during the French Revolution. She won special recognition at the Salon of 1794, where non academics were allowed to exhibit at the Louvre. Her historical allegory of Aspasia was an important symbol for women seeking self-determination; as Aspasia, the wife of Pericles, taught the art of oratory & policy to women as well as men. Bouilard chose to portray herself as Aspasia, as a mirror reflection of a woman who was a respected philosopher in an era, when women were almost unilaterally illiterate & denied even basic civil rights.
Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Self Portrait as Aspasia 1794
Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Self Portrait
Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Portrait de M. Olive et de sa famille 1791-92
Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (French artist, 1763-1825) Portrait of Artist Adélaïde Binart (1771-1832) wife of Alexandre Lenoir 1797
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Women Artists & The French Revolution – Self Portraits by Marie-Gabrielle Capet 1761-1818

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Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818) Self Portrait 1783
The daughter of a servant Marie-Gabrielle Capet, who became a celebrated French portrait painter in oils, watercolors, & miniatures, was born at Lyons in 1761. When she was 20, she went to Paris to learn painting from Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749-1803), with whom she lived. During her initial year in Paris in 1781, her 1st drawings & pastels were exhibited at the Salon de la Jeunesse. In 1783, she submitted her first oil painting to the salon. From 1785, Capet’s major works regularly were exhibited at the Salon of Youth. In 1791, she exhibited her 1st miniatures at the Salon. When her mentor, Labille-Guiard fell ill, Capet took care of her, until her teacher died in 1803. After the French Revolution, the public exhibitions of the Salons were opened to women; & Marie-Gabrielle Capet exhibited works several times.
Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818) Portrait of Mme J L Germain
Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818) Atelier of Madame Vincent (Adelaide Labille-Guiard) 1808
Adelaide Labille-Guiard (French Neoclassical Painter, 1749-1803) Portrait of Mme Marie Gabrielle Capet
Adelaide Labille-Guiard (French Neoclassical Painter, 1749-1803) Self Portrait with Two Students, Marie-Gabrielle Capet and Carreaux de Rosemond. 1785
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Women Artists & The French Revolution – Marguerite Gérard 1761-1837

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François Dumont (1751-1831) Portrait of Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) at age 32
Marguerite Gérard was a French painter & etcher. She was the daughter of Marie Gilette & perfumer Claude Gérard. After the death of her mother in 1775, she went to live with her sister Marie-Anne & her artist husband Jean-Honoré Fragonard in their apartment at the Louvre. She lived there for the next 30 years as his pupil. Before the Revolution her patrons were fellow painters like Hubert Robert, musicians like Grétry, & architects. She painted no royalty, no Marie-Antoinette, no aristocrats, but educated, wealthy bourgeois. Marguerite Gérard was no Court painter. She stayed safely away from political themes, & the French Revolution does not seem to have directly impacted Marguerite’s career. She produced intimate domestic genre scenes as well as portraits & was one of France’s first successful female artists.
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837)
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Dors, mon enfant (Sleep my child) c 1783
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) La bonne nouvelle
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) La mauvaise nouvelle
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Le petit messager
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Mme de Staël et sa fille c 1805)
Marguerite Gérard (French artist, 1761-1837) Peintre faisant le portrait d’une joueuse de luth (Painter when painting a portrait of a lute player)
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Women Artists & The French Revolution – Victoire Lemoine 1754-1802

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Victoire Lemoine was a French painter. Born in Paris, where she also died, she was a student of François-Guillaume Ménageot, and took part in numerous Salons. She also may have been a student of Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, for her painting Atelier of a Painter is probably a portrait of Vigee-Lebrun. Lemoine was a portraitist & miniaturist who was part of a generation of women who were able to enjoyed considerable success as professional artists both before and after the French revolution. Her sisters Marie-Denise Villers & Marie-Élisabeth Gabiou also became painters.
Victoire Lemoine (French artist, 1754-1802) Atelier of a Painter, Probably Madame Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842), and Her Pupil
Victoire Lemoine (French artist, 1754-1802) Portraits d’une soeur et d’un jeune frère
Victoire Lemoine (French artist, 1754-1802) Self Portrait of a Woman and Cupid