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.


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(1)
William Adolphe Bouguereau, Mother and Children, Le Repos, 1879

(2)
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

(3)
Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier, 1814; The French Campaign; The Campaign of France, 1861

(4)
James Carroll Beckwith, Portrait of William Walton, 1886

(5)
Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Horse Market at Cairo;  Hot Bargain, Cairo, 1884

(6)
Abbott Handerson Thayer, Winged Figure; Angel, 1888

(7)
Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, The Language of the Fan (Une Japonaise), 1882

(8)
Julian Alden Weir, Lengthening Shadows, 1887

(9)
Julius Gari Melchers, Communion; Communion Sunday in a Church in Holland, 1888

(10)
Jules-Adolphe-Aime-Louis Breton, The Song of the Lark, 1884

(11)
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Women of Amphissa, 1887

(12)
John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Mrs. R. [sic], Portrait of Mrs. Edward D. Boit, 1888

(13)
Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus, 1863

(14)
Lowell Birge Harrison, Novembre, 1881

(15)
Daniel Ridgway Knight, Hailing the Ferry; Hailing the Ferryman, 1888

(16)
Edmund Charles Tarbell, Portrait of Mme. T.; Portrait of Madame Tarbell, 1888

(17)
William Merritt Chase, Portrait of Mrs. C.; Portrait of a Lady in Black (Mrs. Leslie J. Cotton),
 1888

(18)
Joseph-Florentin-Léon Bonnat, The Barber of Suez, 1876

(19)
Frank (Francis Davis) Millet, A Handmaiden, 1886

(20)
Charles Sprague Pearce, Evening (Auvers-sur-Oise), 1880s

(21)
George Inness, A Shortcut to Wachung [sic] Station; A Short Cut, Watchung Station, N.J.,
 1883

(22)
Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Death of Caesar, 1859

(23)
Charles-Emile-Auguste Durand (Carolus-Duran), Portrait of Lucy Lee Robbins, 1884

(24)
Edwin Howland Blashfield, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, 1889

(25)
Edwin Lord Weeks, The Last Voyage:  A Souvenir of the Ganges, c. 1884

(26)
Thomas Alexander Harrison, In Arcadia, c. 1886

(27)
Edward Augustus Bell, Lady in Gray, 1887-88

(28)
Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson, Meditation of the Holy Virgin, 1889

(29)
Elihu Vedder, The Death Cup; The Cup of Death, 1885

(30)
Miss Elizabeth Jane Gardner, The Farmer’s Daughter

(31)
Robert Frederick Blum, Venetian Lace Workers

(32)
Thomas Eakins, The Veteran (Portrait of Geo. Reynolds), c. 1886

(33)
James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Arrangement in Black #7;
 Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell,
 Arrangement in Black:  The Lady in the Yellow Buskin, c. 1883

(34)
Frederic Remington, A Lull in the Fight, c. 1889
 (Note: the image above is a later copy done by Remington, 1903)

(35)
Eastman Johnson, Two Men; The Funding Bill, 1881

(36)
Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, The Pardon in Brittany, 1886

(37)
Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Lady in Yellow

(38)
Miss Alice De Wolf Kellogg (Tyler), Portrait of Miss G.E.K.;
 Portrait  of Gertrude E. Kellogg, 1888

(39)
William Turner Dannat, A Study in Red;  La Femme en rouge, 1889

(40)
John William Waterhouse, Mariamne Leaving the Judgment Seat of Herod, 1887


4 comments:

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 http://www.nickjainschigg.org/.

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!