Friday, October 29, 2010

Millennial Mark Contest Solved!

Universelle Exposition de 1889, Paris

Accolades go to Nicholas Jainschigg from Rhode Island for not only correctly identifying all of the images in the Millennial Contest, but for also accurately deducing the thread which tied all of these paintings together.  Congratulations, Nick!

The paintings in this contest were all connected by a singular event;  all 40 were part of the same exhibit held in Paris at the Universelle Exposition de 1889.  This grouping represents only a small portion of the hundreds of magnificent paintings on view from May 5th through November 5th of that year;  America alone contributed 336 paintings to the event, and France contributed an even greater number.  With additional, significant works by artists from such countries as the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Russia, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, and England, it was likely one of the greatest displays of academic art ever held.


William Adolphe Bouguereau, Mother and Children, Le Repos, 1879

Thomas Hovenden, Last Moments of John Brown; 
John Brown Leaving the Jail on the Morning of his Execution;
 The Last Moments of John Brown, 1844

Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier, 1814; The French Campaign; The Campaign of France, 1861

James Carroll Beckwith, Portrait of William Walton, 1886

Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Horse Market at Cairo;  Hot Bargain, Cairo, 1884

Abbott Handerson Thayer, Winged Figure; Angel, 1888

Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, The Language of the Fan (Une Japonaise), 1882

Julian Alden Weir, Lengthening Shadows, 1887

Julius Gari Melchers, Communion; Communion Sunday in a Church in Holland, 1888

Jules-Adolphe-Aime-Louis Breton, The Song of the Lark, 1884

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Women of Amphissa, 1887

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Mrs. R. [sic], Portrait of Mrs. Edward D. Boit, 1888

Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus, 1863

Lowell Birge Harrison, Novembre, 1881

Daniel Ridgway Knight, Hailing the Ferry; Hailing the Ferryman, 1888

Edmund Charles Tarbell, Portrait of Mme. T.; Portrait of Madame Tarbell, 1888

William Merritt Chase, Portrait of Mrs. C.; Portrait of a Lady in Black (Mrs. Leslie J. Cotton),

Joseph-Florentin-Léon Bonnat, The Barber of Suez, 1876

Frank (Francis Davis) Millet, A Handmaiden, 1886

Charles Sprague Pearce, Evening (Auvers-sur-Oise), 1880s

George Inness, A Shortcut to Wachung [sic] Station; A Short Cut, Watchung Station, N.J.,

Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Death of Caesar, 1859

Charles-Emile-Auguste Durand (Carolus-Duran), Portrait of Lucy Lee Robbins, 1884

Edwin Howland Blashfield, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, 1889

Edwin Lord Weeks, The Last Voyage:  A Souvenir of the Ganges, c. 1884

Thomas Alexander Harrison, In Arcadia, c. 1886

Edward Augustus Bell, Lady in Gray, 1887-88

Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson, Meditation of the Holy Virgin, 1889

Elihu Vedder, The Death Cup; The Cup of Death, 1885

Miss Elizabeth Jane Gardner, The Farmer’s Daughter

Robert Frederick Blum, Venetian Lace Workers

Thomas Eakins, The Veteran (Portrait of Geo. Reynolds), c. 1886

James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Arrangement in Black #7;
 Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell,
 Arrangement in Black:  The Lady in the Yellow Buskin, c. 1883

Frederic Remington, A Lull in the Fight, c. 1889
 (Note: the image above is a later copy done by Remington, 1903)

Eastman Johnson, Two Men; The Funding Bill, 1881

Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, The Pardon in Brittany, 1886

Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Lady in Yellow

Miss Alice De Wolf Kellogg (Tyler), Portrait of Miss G.E.K.;
 Portrait  of Gertrude E. Kellogg, 1888

William Turner Dannat, A Study in Red;  La Femme en rouge, 1889

John William Waterhouse, Mariamne Leaving the Judgment Seat of Herod, 1887


florante said...

congratulations,Nicholas Jainschigg!!! you are truly amazing..

thank you mathew for this wonderful competition.i did my best to win but i failed,:-D..nick deserves to win.

R. Randolph Richardson said...

Proffessor Jainschigg that is, the famous Nicholas Egon Jainschigg of RISD. Whose rather fun website can be found at

billspaintingmn said...

Matt! You truely test ones knowledge, and although I hadn't a clue, I enjoyed and learned from this.

M.A. said...

A conclusion and update! Yay.
Loved this contest. :)
Congrats Nicholas Jainschigg!