Friday, July 8, 2011

Some Favorite Portraits

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884.

This portrait has a timeless appeal, to me it looks like it could have
been painted today.  I simply adore the black dress.  This portrait was considered
a "scandal in French Society".  The story behind this painting makes
for some verrrry interesting reading!

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustave Klimt  (1907)

Adele Bloch-Bauer II sold for $87.9 million.

The Kiss by Gustauve Klimt, 1907

I like the woman's face better in this
painting than his more famous work,
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

There had to be a mention of Vincent van Gogh in this post.  I was going
to include one of his colorful self-portraits and ran across
this early work of his, "Self Portrait with Dark Felt Hat", painted in 1886.

This painting "presents himself in phase of transition".

In 2002 I was fortunate enough to see the Van Gogh/Gauguin
Exhibit at The Chicago Art Institute.  I was surprised that one could stand
inches from original van Goghs and Guaguins. I now realize the
place must have been full of  "plain clothes" security.

Imagine being in the same room as "Starry Starry Night!"

Not long ago I was reading some letters exchanged between Van Gogh
and his brother.  It is said Van Gogh sold only one painting
in his lifetime.

His "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" sold a few years ago
for $82.5 million.

Maxfield Parrish, what beautiful work!  This  piece is entitled
"Ecstasy".  Not a typical "head and shoulders" portrait  but oh
so beautiful.  Love the Parrish blue skies and clouds.

Whistler's Mother by James McNeill Whistler

Couldn't help it.  Who could leave out Whistler's 
mom when the topic is portraits?

I have always been fond of this
painting.  "Christina's World" was discovered by me at a very young age in The World
Book Encyclopedia . This painting by Andrew Wyeth, done in 1948,  is of a neighbor,
Christina Olson, who had polio.  She was a neighbor
of the Wyeth's summer home, he would witness this scene
from his window, her crawling along the fields.

It seemed the image of  Mona Lisa was everywhere during the popularity
of the book, "The Da Vinci Code".

This portrait has always been a favorite of mine.  Many years ago
at the Fort Lauderdale flea market, I bought a wrist
watch with this image.  That reminds me,  I need to
get that a new battery for the watch and wear it!

Summer Clouds by Charles Curran, 1917
This beautiful image was discovered when I
saw a large reproduction of it in a
Bombay Store.  I can just taste the
salty air and feel the wind when I see this painting.


Clint said...

These are great works. I love 'em, too. You need to get back to your own painting!

Shady Del Knight said...

I'm thinking back to all of the comic variations of Whistler's Mother and the Mona Lisa that have been perpetrated upon us over the years in advertising campaigns. I love art. I think I mentioned that at the very beginning of our friendship. I am fortunate to have two excellent art museums in my region. The newly remodeled Salvador Dali Museum is in St. Petersburg about an hour away. I have been there twice. The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is 1.5 hours from me and I have been there a half dozen times. No matter how often I gaze at the same master works I still experienced awe and wonder and leave the building with a profound sense of peace as if I've just attended a church service. Here's a cuppl typos 2 mak you feel betr. (LOL)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
Wonderful portraits you have posted in your amazing blog!! I just can't wait to see your own paintings, Cindy. I highly appreciate fine artistic talent of all kind. Today was the birthday of my dear father. I miss him. He is in Heaven now. God bless you, Cindy and those you love!! All the Best, Poet Starry Dawn.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
How strange!! It seems as if I could only post a comment under the anonymous mode. Google Blogger does not allow me to use my own name. Why not?? I wonder...
Great post, Cindy. I love portraits.
I am Poet Starry Dawn, and I follow your amazing blog. Thank you for sharing your wonderful artistic talents with the world!! My grandfather was an Artistic Painter. He was Swiss. He also had a School of Art where he tought students how to do oil paintings. My grandparents had 4 children. My dear mother was their youngest baby. My granddaddy passed away in 1927. My mom was only 2 years old. My grandfather was only 47. Doctors said that he was poisoned from working with oil paintings without a mask for protection. I guess, he might have inhaled the odor from the oil paintings. How sad for the family!! It was devastating for my dear mom. Her grandmom helped for my mom's upbringing. It left everlasting marks in her heart. God bless!!
I hope to see some of your work soon...
All the Best,
Poet Starry Dawn.

Cindy Ellison said...

Shady, thank you for your thoughts and even your typos! ;~D It is so true about all the "comic variations" of Whistler's Mother and Mona Lisa. I should have been aware of the new Salvadore Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. It has been a few years since we have been to FL. Yes, I have been quite familiar with The Ringling School of Art, I dreamed of attending this school when I was in high school. I would "send off" for brochures and catalogs. A local woman artist (around my mom's age), whom I have always admired went to the Ringling school. It's good you feel museums are sacred places, I feel the same way. I have been thinking of doing a blog on favorite museums. Thanks again, Shady, I appreciate your visits!

Poet Starry Dawn - I feel I can understand how you missed your dad yesterday on his birthday. Today I hope you are feeling better. My dad passed away in 2004. (My birthday is today and tomorrow is my husband Clint's birthday :-)) How interesting that your grandfather was an artist and taught art. What a tragedy that your grandfather died at such a young age and leaving behind such a young family. I am wanting to start painting in oil and have been wondering what "thinning medium" to use, I was even thinking of this during the night when I was not sleeping. I could not find a single book on oil painting at the local library the other day. Since I was thinking of this last night and then seeing your email this morning about the dangers of toxic products, I see this as a message for me. I will get busy and do some online searching for what is safest to use for painting. I sure need to finish getting this house in order so I can paint! Thank you so much, Starry Dawn, for your compliments! Have a good weekend! ♥