• “Woman with a Pearl Necklace” (1632-1675) by Johannes Vermeer • “Vermeer often placed a table and chair in the foreground of his paintings to restrict the viewer’s access to his figures, thereby allowing them to engage in moments of quiet concentration. Here the woman stares at her reflection in a small mirror while tautly holding the ribbons of her pearl necklace. Though the gesture is simple, her pose has a timelessness that evokes inner strength. With their flawless luster, pearls were associated with faith and purity, lending the scene a moral underpinning.” —gallery sign #admiringart
• “My Children” (Mary, Gerald, and Gladys Thayer) (c. 1897) by Abbott Handerson Thayer • “The family moved to Dublin, New Hampshire, where Thayer painted outdoors and wrote articles for professional journals on his theories of animal camouflage. In 1909 he coauthored with his son, Gerald, a book that became an important resource for camouflage techniques during World War I.” —americanart.si.edu #admiringart
• Terra Cotta Warrior (221-206 BC) from Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum • “After the unification of the country, the First Emperor made five imperial tours across the seven former states. On his journeys to the east, he went in search of an elixir for immortality and made visits to Mount Tai, where he worshipped heaven and nature. The First Emperor died on his last tour in 210 BC and was laid to rest in his mausoleum, thirty miles from Xi’an.” —gallery sign #admiringart
I fell in love with this hand-painted mural the moment I stepped into this Montessori school, truth be told, the moment I laid eyes on it, I already knew we had found the one and trust me, we toured many. This section that you see here is just a sliver of a hallway. It begins at the entryway and extends throughout the corridor and depicts an entire scene with a farm house, a barn with a horse stable, a lake, children fishing, a forest and all the animals that belong in each respective landscape. I knew it was Mateo’s school because of his love for animals, I knew that he would be captivated by this beautiful painting and admire it every day he walked into his new school. Yesterday, he learned a new animal when I pointed out raccoons on the wall. He nodded, looked and then repeated the word and pointed at them. This morning, after pointing to these ducks in the photo and then quacking, he ran right up to the raccoons and excitedly exclaimed, “WACCOONS MOMMY!” I will never stop being proud of this amazing little human.
• “Snow Fields” (Winter in the Berkshires) (1909) by Rockwell Kent • “Kent admired the values of those who lived in the wilder parts of New England, believing their way of life exemplified his ideas of Christian socialism in which poverty and hard work were high goals. He found even New Hampshire too bucolic, compared to life on Monhegan. He moved on to ever wilder surroundings—Greenland, Newfoundland, and Alaska—searching, he said, not for "picturesque material," but for "happiness and peace of mind." He found both, for a time, in northern New England.” —americanart.si.edu #admiringart
Whoop, we made it to the @tate modern and enjoyed the the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (not everyone will be taken into the future) exhibition.
Aasiya had a mini meltdown when we entered the exhibition (sorry about that other art punters) but she calmed down when we explained to her we were doing “art” - it’s her new obsession! I don’t think these two are quite ready for Russian Installation art quite yet, but we had a wonderful family day out for hubby’s birthday😍
• “Magnolia” (1895) by Charles Walter Stetson • “Charles Walter Stetson, landscape, portrait and mural painter and etcher, was born March 25, 1858 in Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island...His paintings were accepted into exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy and Boston Art Club, attracting the praise of prominent artists and critics of the time. In the early 1880s, Stetson became attracted to Venetian old masters, which he encountered in New York, having seen nothing in art except reproductions until this time.” —bauerart.com #admiringart
• “Landscape with Cephalus and Procris” (c. 1620) by Alexander Keirincx • “The tragic story of Cephalus and Procris comes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Procris gave her new husband, Cephalus, a splendid spear and hunting dogs. Unjustly suspecting him of being unfaithful, she followed him through the woods. He mistook her for an animal in the brush and killed her with the spear. Here Keirincx shows the moment when Procris gives Cephalus the fateful spear. The story ends happily, though, when Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, takes pity on her subjects, restores Procris to life, and reunites her with her husband.” —gallery sign #admiringart
• “Trimming Fingernails” (1928-1930) by Ito Shinsui • “A leading painter and printmaker of the early 20th century, Ito Shinsui specialized in portraits of women that blended Japanese genre painting with Western elements. Here a woman sits outside on a patio as she trims her nails. She wears an informal robe after a bath, and her hair, face, and hands are rendered in great detail, typical of the artist’s observational style. Shinsui’s work is known for capturing both the sentiment and the physicality of femininity in early 20th century Japan.” —gallery sign #admiringart
• “In the Garden” (1892-1894) by Thomas Wilmer Dewing • “The timeless nature of Dewing's landscapes stands in sharp contrast to the ever-increasing pace of modern life in New England. Verdant, mysterious, and peopled with attractive, classically dressed women, Dewing's paintings provided fixed points of truth and beauty for a turn-of-the-century generation...” —americanart.si.edu #admiringart