Wednesday, May 1, 2019
It was lovely to sit there, listen and rest my sore feet!
I found some new additions for my various photo galleries.
(From info card)
Rodin did a hand study that I rather suspect this piece inspired the Addam's family "Thing"
I was delighted to add a Monet to my collection!
For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design features many portraits and there's a reason for this. In addition to donating one of their paintings, members of the Academy also had to submit a portrait of themselves which could either have been painted by their own hand or by another artist.
John Singer Sargent did a portrait of Claude Monet, the artist that painted the waterlilies:
Two Idlers, 1988-89
Robert Frederick Blum, Cincinnati, OH 1857 - 1903 New York City
Oil on canvas
National Academy diploma presentation, March 26, 1894
"Two Idlers pictures the prominent painter William Jacob Baer and his musician wife, Laura Schenk, lounging at their home in Brick Church, New Jersey." (From info card)
This portrait was done in the same year as Blum's painting:
The long lived Whittemore "Whittemore became an Associate at the National Academy of Design in 1897 and became a founding member of the American Society of Miniature Painters in 1899. He won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900, the J.D. McCarthy Prize of the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters in 1934, and the medal of honor of the California Society of Miniature Painters in 1942." (Source: Wikipedia)
"Charles Curran's work is represented in numerous museum collections, and his outdoor paintings of youthful women have remained popular with individual collectors. It has been estimated that he produced more than 1500 pictures during his career. Besides oil paintings, these include watercolors and numerous illustrations for magazines in both color and black and white."
"Although Curran continued to paint until shortly before his death, he never accepted or practiced newer artistic styles that emerged in the U.S. after World War I. He remained active with a number of arts organizations, especially the National Academy of Design where he served as secretary for fifteen years. He also became a successful portrait artist after 1920. In addition, Curran and his wife were avid travelers, visiting Europe at least five times and even mainland China in 1936." (Source: Wikipedia)
I will share more photos of lovely artwork in the future!
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