Archive for 2013/09/11

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955)


Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Girl with Dog and Parasol
Post Impressionist Belgian painter Fernand Toussaint was born into a cultivated upper-middle class family in Brussels. At the age of 15, Toussaint began his education at the Art Academy of Brussels under portrait painter Jean-François Portaels from 1889 – 1894. Toussaint left for Paris in 1891, continuing his studies under Belgian portraitist Alfred Stevens. Toussaint divided his time between Belgium & Paris, often painting commissioned portraits for affluent members of European society.  Some of his well-heeled clients requested their portraits with their dogs, and these remain.

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with a Dog

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with Dog and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Pensive Women with Parasol
Well, here are women supported by all of the late-19th & early 20th-century popular portrait props – fans & mirrors & parasols & Japanese prints & books & flowers & more parasols. They are not underprivileged in any way, but most of them do not seem happy. Most appear to be worrying & contemplating & depressed & lonely. These ladies are certainly not the liberated European women of the early 20th-century, which we encounter in other portraits. Post Impressionist Belgian painter Fernand Toussaint was born into a cultivated upper-middle class family in Brussels. At the age of 15, Toussaint began his education at the Art Academy of Brussels under portrait painter Jean-François Portaels from 1889 – 1894. Toussaint left for Paris in 1891, continuing his studies under Belgian portraitist Alfred Stevens. Toussaint divided his time between Belgium & Paris, often painting commissioned portraits for affluent members of European society. Avant-garde art magazines in Paris took notice of him, when he was awarded the gold medal for a portrait of a lady at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1929. Throughout his career, Toussaint also painted marinescapes, landscapes, genre scenes, interiors, & still lifes.

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Lady

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Femme élégante à l’opéra with Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) A Quiet Moment

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady in a Hat

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Femme élégante au parc, Paris

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) A Moment of Contemplation

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955)

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Daydreaming

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Contemplation

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Daydreaming

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) De opschik

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Deep in Thought

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegance and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegance with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman Seated with Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegante au collier de perles

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Faraway Thoughts

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Femme au collier de chien

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady in the Green Dress with Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Girl with a Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune elegante a l’eventail

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune Femme a l’ombrelle

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune femme comtemplant de croquis with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune Fille Regardant un Tableau de Fragonard

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with a Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with a Music Score

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Picking Petals

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Portrait of an Elegant Woman

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Reflections in Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Reflections in Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Sitting on a Sofa

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Still Life with Roses and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Green Dress and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Blue Hat and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Looking Glass

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Love Letter and Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Red Hat

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with a Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Weerspiegelingen Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with a Hand Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman Admiring Japanese Print

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with a Blue Necklace

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman at Toilette Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with Gloves and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with Pearls

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman in Pink Dress

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with Pearls

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman with a Rose

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman with Rose

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Seated Woman with Parasol


Summer Sewing 1800-1900s


Martha Walter (American Impressionist, 1875–1976) Lady Knitting in a Garden

Francis Coates Jones (Amrican artist, 1857-1932) Sewing in the Garden

Camille Pissarro (Danish-born French artist, 1830-1903) Seated Peasants Sewing

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke (American painter, 1856-1942) Knitting 1887

Daniel Hernandez Morillo (Peruvian artist, 1856-1932) Lady on a Bench

Daniel Garber (American artist, 1880-1958) Mending detail



Mikhail Vasil’evich Nesterov (Russian Painter, 1862-1942) Embroidery 1909

Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov (Russian artist, 1869-1939) Sewing

Louis Lang (American genre painter, 1814-1893) The Sewing Party

Julien Gabriel Guay (French artist, 1848- ) Sewing

Henri Martin (French Post-Impressionist Painter, 1860-1943) A Women Sewing

Frederick Arthur Bridgman (English artist, 1847-1928) Sewing

Edmund Blair Leighton (English historical genre painter 1852-1922) Sewing

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

William Lippincott (American artist, 1849–1920) Sewing – Paris

Mary Cassatt (American artist, 1844-1926) Lydia Seated on a Porch Crocheting 1882

Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) La Lecons de Couture

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Sewing with a Machine under a Tree

Clara Davidson (American painter, 1874–1962) Knitting on the Porch

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Woman Sewing

Martha Walter (American Impressionist, 1875–1976) Afternoon in the Park

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Sewing in the Garden


A Few Summer Fashion Statements


John Lavery (Irish painter, 1856-1941) Spring

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French artist, 1865-1953) Portrait of Mlle Carlier 1910

Abbott Handerson Thayer (American artist, 1849–1921) Pensive

Frederic Leighton (English Classicist Painter and Sculptor, 1830-1896)The Countess Brownlow 1879

Alfred Émile Stevens (Belgian painter, 1823-1906) Woman Wearing a Bracelet

Viktor Vasnetsov (Rusian painter, 1848-1926) Портрет Веры Саввишны Мамонтовой 1896

Karl Albert Buehr (German-born American Painter, 1866-1952)

William Lockwood (American artist, 1862-1914) He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Edgar Maxence (French artist, 1871-1954) detail Portrait de femme à la couronne de fleurs

William Robinson Leigh (American artist, 1866-1955) Sophie Hunter Colston 1896

Frederic Leighton (English Classicist Painter and Sculptor, 1830-1896) Eucharis – A Girl with a Basket of Fruit 1863

Frank Dicksee (English Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1853-1928) Young Woman and her Pet

William Adolphe Bouguereau (French academic painter, 1825–1905) The Laurel Branch 1900

Edward Robert Hughes [English Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1851-1917] Lucy Celia Ashton (neé Dunn-Gardiner) later Countess of Scarbrough

Dmitri I. Kiplik (Russian artist, 1865-1942) detail First Communion

William Adolphe Bouguereau (French academic painter, 1825–1905) Earrings 1891

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French artist, 1865-1953)

Edward Robert Hughes [English Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1851-1917] The Debutante