Marie Spartali Stillman and Mr. Shakespeare: Love Sonnets

Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds By William Shakespeare     Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests…

Jenny Montigny: “The Gardener”

Google Said ‘oeuvre’, not I 😉 Jenny Montigny preferred to paint everyday scenes from the countryside and village life in Sint-Martens-Latem. As here in “The Gardener”, these snapshots are not a reason to visualize social abuses or emphasize the weight of labor. On the contrary, Montigny always painted a harmonious society. The subject itself seems…

Bibi Zogbé: Untitled (1936)

Click for Enlarged Detail:       Image Credit: Bibi Zogbé (1890 – 1973, Lebanese) Untitled, signed and dated Bibi Zogbé Paris ’36 twice, oil on wood, 65 by 59.5cm.; 25 1/2 by 23 3/8 in., image source: Sotheby’s

Emily Carr: Who Is She?

I started this post intending only to feature one interesting and beautiful totem watercolor, but I rapidly discovered the compelling story of the artist herself. As stated in summary by the Vancouver Art Gallery, “Her independence as a woman when domesticity was expected, her resolve to travel frequently and unaccompanied to isolated First Nations villages,…

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…

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…

Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children, 1906

“I do not admit that a woman can draw like that,” said Degas when he saw one of her pictures. At eight o’clock on the evening of June 14, 1926, a very old woman—blind and suffering from advanced diabetes—died in her chateau on the edge of the tiny village of Mesnil-Theribus, some thirty miles northwest…