Friday, July 28, 2017

Today we celebrate Judith Leyster and Beatrix Potter

Judith Leyster, Self Portrait

A day to celebrate the creativity of two great women artists and the courage of two women in the face of threats and bullying. McCain kept everybody guessing until the last vote, but two other Republicans were at least equally—and perhaps more—instrumental in killing the latest, and maybe final version of the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare: Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. (1)

Judith Jans Leyster (also Leijster) (c. July 28, 1609[1]– February 10, 1660) was a Dutch Golden Age painter. She painted genre works, portraits, and still lifes. Typically for the male centric art world, her entire oeuvre was attributed to Frans Hals or to her husband, Jan Miense Molenaer, until 1893 when Hofstede de Groot first attributed seven paintings to her, six of which are signed with her distinctive monogram 'JL*’.

Her brewmaster father went bankrupt, and it's possible that she learned to paint to help out her family - which was an unusual choice for a women in the 17th century. She was probably the first women admitted to the artist's guild in Dutch Haarlem, who was a painter, had her own studio and taught several students. After her marriage, she didn't paint that much - no surprise given the work piled on women who married, had children, kept the house, took care of the children (she had 5),  and probably alse ran the business sie of her husband's business.

She specialized in portrait-like genre scenes of, typically, one to three figures, who generally exude good cheer, and are shown against a plain background. Many are children; others men with drink. Leyster was particularly innovative in her domestic genre scenes. These are quiet scenes of women at home, often with candle- or lamplight, particularly from a woman's point of view. The Proposition (Mauritshuis, The Hague) is an unusual variant on these scenes, said by some to show a girl receiving unwelcome advances,

The Proposition. She is SO not into him.

Merry Trio

Portrait of a man with a beard

Better late than never but given today’s political climate maybe the last of these kinds of shows we will see:

Beatrix Potter was born #onthisday in 1866. These are her original illustrations to the 1909 book ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’. When preparing this book, Potter was staying with her aunt and uncle in Wales where she made many studies of the garden. She had described it on an earlier visit as 'the prettiest kind of garden, where bright old-fashioned flowers grow amongst the currant bushes.

Delightful illustations, beloved author and a passionate conservationist.

How like the art newsletter which I subscribe too, to pass up two important women artists in favor of a man who was more of a trickster and a game player than an artist.

July 28, 1887. Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 - 2 October 1968) was a French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Considered by some to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Duchamp's output influenced the development of post-World War I Western art. He advised modern art collectors, such as Peggy Guggenheim and other prominent figures, thereby helping to shape the tastes of Western art during this period. In this image: Marcel Duchamp's wanted poster is seen as part of the exhibit, "Inventing Marcel Duchamp:The Dynamics of Portrature," at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009  

1. Vote against trumpcare (really, lack of care)

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I didn't know of Leyster, but I like her work displayed here. Her self-portrait shows a somewhat happy woman, probably because she's painting. I think I like "The Proposition" the best. She really shows what's going on in their minds in their respective faces. Very impressive.

I think most of us of an age grew up with the Beatrix Potter stories. What I love about her illustrations is how gentle they are, for lack of a better term.

I had heard of Marcel Duchamp, but was not familiar with his work or style. I went over to Google to take a look. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see why he "helped shape the tastes of Western art" during the period he lived in.