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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lovin' What They're Doing

Fabio Cipolla, Amusing Reading
Paintings that depict people enjoying themselves bring a smile to my face. My favorite, here, is "A Nightcap". Big nightcap, don't you think?

I'm sure there'a reason that only two are playing cards, out of six. What are they gambling for?

Look at that saucy water carrier! Having fun at his expense, but just how much do think she likes him?
Henry Scott Tuke, Denny Mending a Sail
Looks like a patient man, that Denny, mending his sail
Jan Steen, Children Teaching a Cat to Dance
Eugene de Blaas, Flirtation at the Well
Cornelis Bega, The Duet

Guglielmo Zocchi, Vanity
John Watson Nicol, A Nightcap
William Hogarth, David Garrick And His Wife
Stephen Jenner, Two Men Playing Cards and Four Other Figures

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Story Telling

These paintings are busy telling a story. (How do you get this number of people to stay in one position for the time?) Selling, buying, making lace, story time, and sculpting.

Julius Ehrke, Lacemaker
Frederick Richard Pickersgill, A Honiton Lace Manufactory
Abraham Solomon, First Class, the Meeting
Abraham Solomon, Second Class, the Parting
James Lobley, The Pedlar
William Mulready, Choosing the Wedding Gown
Erskine Nicol, Driving a Hard Bargain
Henry Wallis, A Sculptor's Workshop, Stratford-upon-Avon
Henri Joseph Gommarus Carpentero, Dutch Market Scene
Henri Joseph, Gommarus Carpentero, Dutch Market Scene
Daniel Maclise, A Winter Night's Tale
William Powell Frith, Many Happy Returns of the Day

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What do you think they're saying?

Antoine-Jean Gros, Madame Pasteur

I like the some of the portraits where the person is drawn looking at you, as if to speak to you.

Nowadays, photographs capture this look with ease, but I can't imagine that it would have been easy to get this right on canvas.

Do you they they realized that they would be immortalized? I'm sure the painter hoped so.

Gerald Festus Kelly, George Davis Hornblower
Hermann Winterhalter, Mrs Alfred Shaw
Charles-Amable Lenoir, The Pink Rose
Howard Somerville, Dame Bertha Surtees Phillpotts
Charles Edward Halle, Luna
John Martin Tracy, Mrs Ezra Hounsfield Linley
Campbell Lindsay Smith, The Flute Player
John Singer Sargent, John Fyfe
Beatrice Offor, Aglaie
Julius LeBlanc Stewart, Elegante Au Sofa
Anthony Frederick Sandys, Adelaide Mary, Mrs Philip Bedingfeld
Leon Francois Comerre, An Arab Beauty
Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Triosson, Hortense de Beauharnais
Lord Frederic Leighton, Sybil
Alfred Stevens, Mrs. Howe, née Deering
Lord Frederick Leighton, Mrs. James Guthrie
William Orpen, Augustus John

Friday, May 27, 2016

Less than beautiful.

John Singer Sargent, Elsie Palmer

Handsome artwork.

Less than beautiful. John Singer Sargent was an excellent painter. These specimens, however, are either him with a cold or something or subjects that needed makeup. 

Of course, these were painted about a hundred years or so; maybe these were considered rare beauties. 

John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew Of Lochnaw

John Singer Sargent, Gladys Vanderbilt

John Singer Sargent, Elizabeth Winthrop Chandler (or Mrs. John Jay Chapman)

John Singer Sargent, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
John Singer Sargent, Eleanor Brooks

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Couples in serious "woo" poses

Pierre Auguste Renoir, After the Ball

We don't call courtship "courting" anymore, do we? We used to call this "wooing", or "sparking". Is "dating" called dating now?  I'm old and have been married for over 30 years, so what kids call dating nowadays has most likely changed. Most things do.

Frankly, the very thought of wooing a woman now is frightening. I enjoy my wife and the stability of a house and family. 

These are some "dating" paintings, from ~100 years ago or so.

Charles Edward Halle, Paolo and Francesca
Frank Dicksee, La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Tryst

William Powell Frith, Lovers' Meeting (in an Interior of Haddon Hall)

David Wilkie Wynfield, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

William Gorman Wills
Ophelia and Laertes

Jean Ernest Aubert, La jeunesse

Thomas Faed, A Highland Tryst

Lord Frederic Leighton
Faust and Marguerite

Sir Lawrence Alma
A Difference of Opinion

Robert Payton Reid
Blossom Time

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Handsome Artwork

Art: Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian Era Paintings