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In view of my emulating Edward Steichen’s photograph of Gloria Swanson covered in lace with my Hollywood tattoo series, it is fascinating to see his early work in this 1900 portrait of the painter G F Watts who, as readers familiar with this blog will know, was once married to the actress Ellen Terry.

Background description from National Portrait Gallery, “In 1900, Watts was aged 83 and the doyen of the art world, having outlived most of his contemporaries. He is shown here, in a photogravure from the American publication Camera Work, as a venerable figure whose profile features are illuminated by a single light source, perhaps a window. The pictorial style draws attention to the painterly composition and chiaroscuro derived from old master portraiture. In this respect, Steichen’s image – one of two poses from the same sitting – evokes an elderly version of Watts’s ‘Venetian Senator’ self-portrait of c.1853, although its immediate inspiration seems to be Watts’s profile self-portraits of 1879–80 (see ‘All known portraits’). It has also been argued that Steichen’s admiration for European Symbolist painting is reflected in the composition,  and doubtless such admiration drew Steichen towards Watts, whose late allegorical paintings proved major contributions to the Symbolist impulse. The exact circumstances of this portrait-making remain somewhat unclear, however.

American photographer Edward Steichen travelled to Europe in summer 1900 to study painting in Paris. In September he visited London to…

via Kimberly Eve Musings of a Writer: George Frederic Watts by Edward Steichen.


And here’s the second in the series using black & white clip art from The Graphics Fairy. In fact, Karen only added this fashion plate lady to her blog today!

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’ll admit it: I’m very taken with this latest piece of mine and you might see a whole series in the next week or so.  The background is that of a vintage postcard from my collection, while the man and his walking bicycle from the 1850s is courtesy of the ever-bountiful Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy.

The reason I have called this post The Walking Bicycle or The Dandy Horse is because the original clip art is captioned ‘The Dandy Horse’.  You can now tell your friends that you know all about dandy horses.  It’s not a mode of transport, I suspect, that ever went into production.  If you can prove me wrong, let me know at once! It might be a greeting card your father or grandfather would enjoy receiving on Father’s Day but don’t suggest he might remember such a contraption.

One of the reasons I like the design so much is that it’s in black & white.  Sometimes you hanker for a break from colour and need the deep, deep peace of monochrome.  So there you have it.

You will not be surprised to learn that I have a tab open on my browser with a search for all Karen’s black & white clip art.

STOP PRESS: I’m completely wrong!  Click here.  Karen and I may be completely out with the date of the 1850s for Wikipedia mentions the ‘dandy horse being particularly popular in the summer of 1819.  Yer learn summat everyday.

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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