Isobel Lilian Gloag: Four Corners to my Bed

  ‘Four corners to my bed Four angels round my head Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Bless the bed that I lie on’ What Does This Mean? James Greig explains this rhyme in his essay “Isobel Lilian Gloag and Her Work“,  published in The Magazine of Art, Volume 26 in 1902: ” [This] is a…

Lilian Westcott Hale: ‘Floretta’

‘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…

Bibi Zogbé: Untitled (1936)

Charles Corm (1894-1963), a Lebanese writer, said about Bibi’s hidden world behind her flowers: “Each one of Bibi flowers seems a naked soul, tormented by passion, sobbing with delight, tensed to the extreme, reaching towards infinity.” Dalloul Art Foundation, quoting from [8] Zoghbé, Bibi., and Charles. Corm. Bibi Zogbé. Les Peintres Du Liban ; Premier…

Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895)

Who Is Maria Spartali Stillman? Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman, (1844 –1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter and model, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career, she produced over one hundred and fifty works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States. (2) One Dante Is Never…

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…