Saturday, January 16, 2021

 Mariette Leslie Cotton, (1866-1947), American

Mariette Leslie Cotton (1866-1947) was a celebrated American artist who usually gave her name as Mrs. Leslie Cotton. A student of William Merritt Chase, Carolus-Duran, and Jean-Jacques Henner , she worked mainly in Paris but also maintained studios in London and New York. By birth and marriage she possessed a level of wealth and social prestige that, together with her artistic skill, enabled her to obtain lucrative commissions from prominent individuals. The portraits she painted were praised for their veracity, style, and fine technique. Their subjects included kings, aristocrats, celebrities, and members of wealthy families. Late in her career a critic wrote that her "popularity has a sound basis, for her portraits combine such abstract artistic qualities as effective and infinitely varied design and daringly unconventional arrangements of color, with strong characterization and a likeness that never fails to be convincing," and added, "her concern with the artistic problem never makes her obtrude her own personality or offend the sitter's susceptibilities."

"Queen Elizabeth, ca.1936, by Mariette Leslie Cotton

"Henry Keteltas", 1883, by Mariette Leslie Cotton, New York Historical Society

"Lady Mendl infirmiere pendant la guerre", ca.1918, by Mariette Leslie Cotton

"Lady Savile", by Mariette Leslie Cotton

"John Armstrong Drexel", ca.1910, by Mariette Leslie Cotton

Portrait of Brayton C, Ives", 1907, by Mariette Leslie Cotton

"Mistinguette", by Mariette Leslie Cotton

"Woman in a Fur Coat", by Mariette Leslie Cotton

"Louisa Archer Thornton", 1905, by Mariette Leslie Cotton

Mariette Leslie Cotton, ca.1910


Friday, January 15, 2021

 Martin Johnson Heade, (1819-1904), American

"Martin Johnson Heade was an American painter known for his salt marsh landscapes, seascapes, and depictions of tropical birds (such as hummingbirds), as well as lotus blossoms and other still lifes. His painting style and subject matter, while derived from the romanticism of the time, are regarded by art historians as a significant departure from those of his peers. Heade was born in Lumberville, Pennsylvania, the son of a storekeeper. He studied with Edward Hicks, and possibly with Thomas Hicks. His earliest works were produced during the 1840s and were chiefly portraits. He travelled to Europe several times as a young man, became an itinerant artist on American shores, and exhibited in Philadelphia in 1841 and New York in 1843. Friendships with artists of the Hudson River School led to an interest in landscape art. In 1863, he planned to publish a volume of Brazilian hummingbirds and tropical flowers, but the project was eventually abandoned. He travelled to the tropics several times thereafter, and continued to paint birds and flowers. Heade married in 1883 and moved to St. Augustine, Florida. His chief works from this period were Floridian landscapes and flowers, particularly magnolias laid upon velvet cloth. He died in 1904. His best known works are depictions of light and shadow upon the salt marshes of New England. Heade was not a widely known artist during his lifetime, but his work attracted the notice of scholars, art historians, and collectors during the 1940s. He quickly became recognized as a major American artist. Although often considered a Hudson River School artist, some critics and scholars take exception to this categorization. Heade's works are now in major museums and collections. His paintings are occasionally discovered in unlikely places such as garage sales and flea markets."
Source: North Carolina Museum of Art

"Singing Beach, Manchester", 1862, by Martin Johnson Heade, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

"Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth", ca.1890, by Martin Johnson Heade, National Gallery of Art

"Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds", 1871, by Martin Johnson Heade, National Gallery of Art

"Jersey Marshes", 1874, by Martin Johnson Heade, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

"The Marshes at Rhode Island", 1866, by Martin Johnson Heade, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

"York Harbor, Coast of Maine", 1877, by Martin Johnson Heade, Art institute of Chicago

"Sunlight and Shadow, The Newbury Marshes", ca.1871, by Martin Johnson Heade, National Gallery of Art

"Sunlight and Shadow, The Newbury Marshes", ca.1871, by Martin Johnson Heade, National Gallery of Art

"Lotus Flowers with a Landscape Painting in the Bacground", by "Singing Beach, Manchester", 1862, by Martin Johnson Heade, 
North Carolina Museum of Art

"Approaching Thunder Storm", 1859, by Martin Johnson Heade, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Sudden Showers, Newbury Marshes", ca.1865, by Martin Johnson Heade, Yale University Art Gallery

"Rocks in New England", 1855, by Martin Johnson Heade, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"Haystack at Sunset", ca.1861, by Martin Johnson Heade

"Hunters Resting", 1863, by Martin Johnson Heade, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

"Mary Rebecca Clark", 1857, by Martin Johnson Heade, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Thursday, January 14, 2021

 

An article on Wyeth from 2017 in The New Criterion

Andrew Wyeth Forever

 Grace Thurston Arnold Albee, (1890-1985), American

"Born on a Rhode Island farm, the artist studied at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1910 to 1912. The next year, she married the mural painter Percy F. Albee, with whom she had five sons. The family moved to Paris in 1928.
During her five years in France, Albee developed a lifelong interest in depicting the urban and rural landscapes around her. Wood engraving had long been regarded as simply a technique for reproducing oil paintings, but it enjoyed a revival as a fine art during the early 20th century. Albee’s works were exhibited at several Paris Salons and received positive reviews; she had her first one-woman exhibition in France in 1932.
In 1933, the family moved back to the U.S. They lived in New York City and in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which provided the material for many of Albee’s subsequent prints. By the 1940s, her reputation was well established; she was elected to full membership in the National Academy of Design. Albee won numerous awards and honors, and she worked actively well into her 90s."
Source: National Museum of Women in the Arts

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"Fishermen's Village" (Rockport, MA), 1927, lino cut by Grace Albee, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Americana", 1964, wood engraving by Grace Thurston Arnold Albee, Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Flatstone Cove", 1954, wood engraving by Grace Albee, National Gallery of Art

"The Storm, Old Chelsea District", 1946, wood engraving by Grace Thurston Arnold Albee, Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Entangled Tractor", 1945, wood engraving by Grace Thurston Arnold Albee, Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Flight into Egypt", 1934, wood engraving by Grace Albee, National Gallery of Art

Coal Yard", 1950, wood engraving by Grace Albee, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

"Oil Tanks", 1952, wood engraving by Grace Albee, National Gallery of Art

"Sakonnet Light", 1953, wood engraving by Grace Albee, National Gallery of Art

"Manhattan Backwash", 1938, wood engraving by Grace Albee, National Museum of Women in the Arts

"African Violet", 1933, wood engraving by Grace Thurston Arnold Albee, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Grace Albee in her studio

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 This is a link to an interesting article about Andrew Wyeth and the changing attitudes of his place in American art history. Andrew Wyeth and the artist’s fragile reputation


 Hamilton Easter Field, (1873-1922), American

"Hamilton Easter Field was born into a wealthy Quaker family in 1873. He studied at Harvard College and Columbia University, was proficient in five languages, and traveled extensively in Europe as a young adult, studying literature, music, and painting. In the summer of 1902, as a New York artist and art critic, he came to Ogunquit with young French protégé Robert Laurent in search of a summer home. He began buying property in Ogunquit’s Perkins Cove and when Laurent’s formal education was complete, the two built a studio and opened the Summer School of Graphic Arts, where Laurent taught sculpture and wood carving while Field taught painting and life drawing.

Field’s students were more diverse and experimental than Charles Woodbury’s more academic followers.  According to one account from George Karfiol, son of artist Bernard Karfiol, “Woodbury’s school featured the outdoors: landscape and seashore. Field’s school worked more indoors and featured sculpture and work (drawn) from the nude model … One might say that in student body and attitude, the Woodbury school was Boston-oriented; the Field school was New York-oriented. They didn’t quite speak the same language.” 

Source: Ogunquit Museum of Art

"Cove Dories", ca.1915, by Hamilton Easter Field, Ogunquit Museum of American Art

"First Footbridge, Perkins Cove", ca.1915, by Hamilton Easter Field, Ogunquit Museum of Art

"On the Maine Coast, Ogunquit", 1913, by Hamilton Easter Field

"Riverfront, New York in Winter", ca.1912, by Hamilton Easter Field, Brooklyn Museum

"Self-Portrait", ca.1898, by Hamilton Easter Field, Portland Museum of Art

"Untitled interior", ca.1912, by Hamilton Easter Field, Brooklyn Museum



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I have been posting about a different artist on FaceBook everyday since April of 2017, usually alternating between a female one day and a male the next. I've decided to try posting it here on my blog, in hopes that those that have enjoyed my art posts on FB will follow me here. If not, this will be a short lived venture, because a lot of time and effort goes into producing these daily posts.

This is my first attempt in this new format to see how it works.

Walton Blodgett, (1908-1963), American

Blodgett received his artistic training in New York City at the grand Central School of Art and later with George Luks. His earliest works were stark depictions of New York City skyscrapers. During the summers of 1928-30, he studied with George Pierce Ennis in Maine and it was then that he developed his interest in watercolors and landscapes. In 1936, he was employed by the U. S. government to paint in Key West, FL. In 1941 he relocated to Stowe, VT, where he was able to pursue his interest in depicting the natural beauty of that state. He died in Stowe in 1953.

"After the Snowfall", by Walton Blodgett

"Departure of Draftees", by Walton Blodgett

"Train Station", pencil drawing by Walton Blodgett

"River Warehouse", 1935, by Walton Blodgett

"Snow Drifts", by Walton Blodgett

"Third Avenue Bar", 1938, by Walton Blodgett

"Lonesome Alley", 1936, by Walton Blodgett, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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