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…

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…

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…

Emily Carr: Who Is She?

Emily Carr: A Compelling Story I started this post intending only to feature one interesting and beautiful totem watercolor, but then I 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…

Frances Hodgkins: Maori woman and child (1900)

Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947) is arguably New Zealand’s leading expatriate artists. Her works capture the spirit of an era greatly influenced by Impressionism and the beginnings of en plein air painting, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and two World Wars. Source: Jonathan Grant Gallery Click For Enlarged Detail Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Video: Jonathan Grant Gallery Details…

Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children, 1906

“I do not admit that a woman can draw like that,” said Edgar Degas when he saw one of Mary Cassatt’s pictures. David Lowe continues in American Heritage, 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…

Mary Cassatt: On a Balcony (1878-1879)

Cassatt Catches Quiet Moments During Mary Cassatt’s early Impressionist period, she frequently focused on the activities of middle-class women in society—at the theater or taking tea, for example. At first glance, the arresting painting ‘On a Balcony’, which was shown in the 1880 Impressionist exhibition, appears to depict a woman in a public setting. However,…

Lilian Westcott Hale: The Convalescent (1906)

Echoes of Japanese Prints – and Monet Lilian Westcott Hale, whose work is associated with the Boston School of American Impressionism, painted The Convalescent in 1906, shortly after completion of her formal art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. Typical of American Impressionists of the time, Hale chose an…

Lilian Westcott Hale: ‘Floretta’, or ‘Portrait of Agnes Doggett’

‘Floretta’, or ‘Portrait of Agnes Doggett’ A member of the Boston School of Impressionists, Hale focused on capturing the diffusion of natural light in domestic interior scenes and portraits of women in elaborate dress. Here the sitter is Agnes Doggett, a neighbor who frequently posed as a model for Hale—at twenty-five cents an hour, to…

Tamara Natalie Madden: An Artist Remembered

Tamara Natalie Madden (1975 –2017) was a Jamaican-born mother, mixed-media artist, and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta. On November 4, 2017, she died at her home in Snellville, Georgia, only two weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.  She was 42.  “Out of Many, One People” Though Tamara…

Lilla Cabot Perry: The Blue Kimono (1915)

Who Is Lilla Cabot Perry? Lilla Cabot Perry (1848 – 1933), an American artist and writer, is best known as an Impressionist painter, but she also published four volumes of original poetry and a translation of classical Greek verse.  According to National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Although she had no formal art training until age 36,…