Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I’m lucky to have an incredible mother and mother-in-law—exemplars of kindness, generosity, and hardwork—and to be surrounded by so many strong and inspiring women, friends and family alike. The subjects of American painter and printmaker, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), often took the form of her family, including her sister Lydia—her intimate portraits capturing both the social and private lives of women, and most notably the connection between mother and child. Highly influenced by her mentor and fellow Impressionist, Edgar Degas, Cassatt’s figural compositions demonstrate an impressionistic palette, while drawing from Japonism simplicity and color-blocking techniques—visible in 1960′s ukiyo-e, Japanese wood-block prints. Cassatt’s honest, yet not overly-sentimental portraits, act as timeless glimpses into the bond between mother in child.
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I’ve always adored this work, Place Vendome, a permanent resident of The Mrs. Harry L. Bradley Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Although Dutch-born French painter and printmaker, Kees van Dongen, is most renowned for his sensual female portraits, I find myself drawn to his charmingly vibrant scenes of bustling Parisian streets, crowded racetracks and teeming seascapes. Van Dongen remained committed to the short-lived Fauvist style throughout his career, his subjects emerging from strong painterly strokes, and stretches of bold unblended color.
In celebrating the re-opening of the Portrait Society in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, after three months of renovation, the gallery will be presenting three new shows, including Natural History: Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman.
Ciurej and Lochman’s collaborative photographs features portrait busts of women, cloaked in the forms of plants. Described by the artists as:
“portraits into tangled shadows of time. Grafting techniques from the history of photography, the cyanotype impressions of botanicals pay homage to Anna Atkins’ use of the medium in the nineteenth century…They speak of evanescence and hidden nature.”
Greatly looking forward to the opening tonight!
- From Daguerreotype to Instagram: 100 Ideas That Changed Photography (theatlantic.com)
- Bringing Art Home: Wreath Photogram DIY (DesignSponge)
Though I’m not allowing myself to buy any more prints until I frame the massive pile of works in my closet, that doesn’t seem to stop me from saving endless lists of favorite art and artists on Etsy. At such affordable prices, it’s impossible to not imagine perfectly arranged gallery walls, or solo lovelies featured in our apartment’s empty nooks.
The most favored of the favorites—