Monthly Archives: March 2012
At The Artists Studio – Jan Jozef Horemans II
Jan Jozef Horemans II 1714 – 1790 I am guessing the main subject is the artist helper doing the drudgery of grinding pigments since he is wearing worker clothing and his wife is lower class clothing, but I am not so sure about the child’s clothing and I really don’t know what the creepy guy … Continue reading
Boy Turning Spit – Chodowiecki 1746
Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki 1726-1801 Great picture of a German raised hearth. I hope this boy got a little of the meat when he was done with his long, hot and boring job. Detail: boy, chair, firewood, basket, food, raised hearth, fire, tongs, bucket, brick, spit, reflector, basting tray, brazier, bowl, meat, spoon.
The Blind Singer – Ramón Bayeu y Subías – 1786
Ramón Bayeu y Subías 1746 – 1793 Now that is blue. At times we get questions about fabric color for clothing, I don’t think anyone would mistake this man’s outfit for drab. It looks like the castanet boy has lost all his buttons and has to hold his clothes together with strings. Detail: shoes, buckles, … Continue reading
Peasant Interior – Le Nain brothers 1642
Le Nain brothers 1598/1610 – 1648/1677 OK, I am drawn to rustic 17th century interior scenes. I find the delicate glass goblet almost funny in the very down to earth picture. And while they have food on the “table” and wine in the glass the clothing is in bad shape. What, no bird cage? Details: … Continue reading
A Girl Bundling Asparagus – Atkinson 1771
John Atkinson, active 1770-1775 from Yale Center for British Art We are back in the kitchen with Atkinson again. This painting is chock full of interesting items to study. Detail: produce,garden tools, washtub, wood bucket, carrots, lettuce, asparagus, baskets, pottle basket, fruit, grapes, table, cabinet, pitcher, jug, basin, mug, lantern, birdcage, bowl, storage jar, bags, … Continue reading
The Kitchen Maid – Chardin 1738
Jean Baptiste Simon Chardin 1699-1779 Detail: pumpkin, bowl, copper pan, brass kettle, cleaver, stump, knife, chair, cloth cap.
The Ballad Singer – Morland 1764
Henry Robert Morland, 1730-1797 — from Yale Center for British Art I find this painting quite striking. Detail: luminary, lantern, pin, shawl, hat, cloth cap, paper, music.
The Apothecary – Longhi 1752
Pietro Longhi 1702-1783 Say Ahhhhhh. Details: aloe, brazier, bellows, apothecary jars, quill, spectacles, cloth cap, shawl, banyan, mules, bottles.
Soldier with Country Women Selling Ribbons – Wheatley 1788
Francis Wheatley, 1747-1801 from Yale Center for British Art That wagon looks dangerously overloaded. Detail: tents, horses, wagon, wagoner, dragoon, ribbons, baskets, straw hat, smock, shawl, baby, shoes, buckles
Still Life with Oranges and Walnuts – Melendez 1772
MELÉNDEZ, Luis 1716-1780 A beautiful still life to brighten our morning. I am looking carefully at the construction technique on the boxes and the keg bands also the paper seals on the jugs. Detail: oranges, walnuts, melon, wood box, round wood box, small keg, redware jug, paper seal, table, dish.