Mary Cassatt: Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly (1880)

“Cassatt and her family spent the summer of 1880 at Marly-le-Roi, about ten miles west of Paris. Ignoring the village’s historic landmarks in her art, Cassatt focused instead on the domestic environment. Here, she portrayed her elder sister, Lydia, fashionably dressed and insulated by a walled garden from any modern hurly-burly. Lydia is absorbed in…

Philip Leslie Hale: The Rose Tree Girl (1922)

Boston School of Impressionists Philip Leslie Hale was a leading member of the Boston School of Impressionists, along with Edmund Tarbell, Frank Weston Benson, William McGregor Paxton and Joseph De Camp, among others. Following studies at the Art Students League in New York, Hale traveled abroad to Paris in 1887 to study at the Académie…

Lilian Westcott Hale: American Impressionist

Who is Lilian Westcott Hale? Lilian Westcott Hale, daughter of a businessman and piano teacher, is remembered as one of America’s most successful Impressionist painters of the Boston School. She was born in 1881 in Hartford, Connecticut, and began her art education in 1900 at the School of Fine Arts in Boston. An important member…

Perspective and Perseverance

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America Hat Tip Thanks to Sister Renee at Lavish Mercy for introducing me to Tomoka Inoue in her post Persevering Faith Image Details Walter Launt Palmer, 1854 – 1932, SUNSET,…

Mary Cassatt: The Tea (1880)

“Cassatt’s paintings often document the social interactions of well-to-do women like herself. The activities they depict—tea drinking, going to the theatre, tending children—fall within the normal routine for Cassatt’s sex and class. Yet the painter’s insistence upon representing such episodes from the modern world (even a sheltered segment of it), her dislike for narrative, and…

“C’est mon plaisir” – Isabella Stewart Gardner and her collection

Originally posted on History Lizzie:
Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent, 1888, oil on canvas (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum P30WI) Above the central portal to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is her motto: “C’est mon plaisir” (“it is my pleasure”) This sums up perfectly the collection housed at Fenway Court: a unique and beautiful…

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Snow in April (c.1907)

Click for Enlarged Details Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Details Title: Snow in April Creator: Maurice Prendergast Date Created: circa 1907 Physical Dimensions: w28 x h20 in Rights: Acquired 1945,  Public Domain Medium: Oil on canvas Snow in April – Maurice Prendergast – The Phillips Collection Image Source Snow in April – Maurice Prendergast –…

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Central Park

“The love you liberate in your work is the only love you keep.” Maurice Prendergast Who Is Maurice Prendergast? Maurice Prendergast (1858 – 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist whose work was influenced by Fauvism, Impressionism, Pointillism, Post-Impressionism, and Realism. “Although working in a range of mediums including oils and monotypes (a print taken from a…