Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Anneke Newman of Australia for correctly identifying the 35 painters whose works appeared in the most recent contest on Underpaintings. Solving this task required a lot of research, and Annke deserves the prizes she earned.

This was a tough contest, not just for the contestants, but for me as well. I knew what my theme would be when I began preparing this quiz, namely, portraits of women artists by women artists (including self-portraits), but finding images was sadly not as easy as it should have been. There were many female artists whom I wished to include, like Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, Marianne Stokes, Henrietta Rae, Annie Louise Swynnerton, and Anna Lea Merritt, but I was unable to find works of theirs that fit my motif.

This first stumbling block became a boon, however, because it forced me to discover many talented artists I had previously not known. Soon, though, I encountered a second, two-fold obstacle; a dearth of biographical information on many of these female artists, and what was available, was often in a language I could not interpret. This led to my first mistake- a portrait of Hanna Pauli which I thought was a self-portrait, but turned out to be a painting by her husband, Georg Pauli (I replaced this image when I discovered my error). My second mistake, I did not discover until I was preparing this post: image #19 is of Canadian artist Helen Galloway McNicoll, but it is not a self-portrait- it was painted by artist Robert Harris. Unfortunately, the misconception on this fact is one I encountered on many, many online sites (because of this, I accepted McNicoll as the correct answer). Lastly, it's quite possible that there is another mistake in my solution to this test, and that is with image #34, the self-portrait by Hungarian painter Paczka Ferencné, the identification of which seemed to give contestants the most difficulty. I have also found her listed as Ferencné Paczka, and as Kornélia Wagner, which may have been her maiden name (it seems her husband's name was Paczka Ferenc and I am not sure if, culturally, this affects her name). I hope to find the definitive answer soon.

For the contest, I concentrated mainly on artists who were working during the turn of the 19th into the 20th century, because this is the period from which many of my favorite painters come. If ever I complained that the male artists from that time have been ignored by art historians, I have found that female artists from that same era were even more so disregarded. I hope that in the future that this slight of skilled artists, whether male or female, will be corrected.

To see more work by female artists from the late nineteenth century, visit the site Women's Art at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893. It is an excellent overview of the female artists from that period, and was of great inspiration for my contest.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. I look forward to the next one, when we top 1000 followers!

Anna Bilínska-Bohdanowicz, Self-Portrait with Apron and Brushes, 1887

Rosina Emmet Sherwood, Portrait of Cecilia Beaux, 1892

Gretchen Woodman Rogers, Woman in Fur Hat (self-portrait), ca. 1915

Kate Lehman, Self-Portrait, 2005

Cecilia Beaux, Self-Portrait, 1885

Elin Danielson-Gambogi, Self-Portrait, 1900

Juliette Aristedes, Self-Portrait

Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Self-Portrait, 1790

Ellen Day Hale, Self-Portrait, 1885

Lydia Field Emmet, Self-Portrait, 1912

Elizabeth Nourse, Self-Portrait, 1892

Alice Pike Barney, Self-Portrait

Alexandra Tyng, Self-Portrait

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, Portrait of Rosa Bonheur (study), 1898

Emily Maria Eardley Childers, Self-Portrait, 1889

Bertha Wegmann, Portrait of Jeanna Bauck, 1881

Louise-Catherine Breslau, Self-Portrait, 1904

Käthe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait, 1898

Robert Harris, Portrait of Helen Galloway McNicoll, 1910

Amy Kann, Portrait of Rachel Constantine, Philadelphia Painter

Cecilia Beaux, Self-Portrait, 1925

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun, Self-Portrait, 1790

Hildegard Thorell, Painting of Fanny Brate, 1918

Lilla Cabot Perry, Self-Portrait, ca. 1889-1896

Alyssa Monks, Chrome (Self-Portrait), 2006

Bertha Wegmann, Portrait of Swedish Painter Jeanna Bauck, 1887

Patricia Watwood, Creation (Self-Portrait), 2006

Angelica Kauffman, Self-Portrait, 1784

Mary Cassatt, Self-Portrait, 1880

Dame Laura Knight, Self-Portrait, 1913

Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux, Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791

Marie Bashkirtseff, Self-Portrait with a Palette, ca. 1883

Lea Colie Wight, Self-Portrait, 2008

Paczka Ferencné, Self-Portrait

Hanna Hirsch-Pauli, Portrait of Artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, ca. 1887

Sunday, June 27, 2010

American Painting Video Magazine- Summer Issue

Yours truly providing a review of David Kassan's DVD Drawing Closer to Life

On June 14th, I travelled up to the American Painting Video Magazine studio for my next installment of instructional DVD reviews. Secretly, I love these taping sessions, not because I enjoy being on film- I am sure those of you who watched me review Robert Liberace's DVD in the premier issue will back me up when I say I am not yet comfortable in front of a camera- but because I get a sneak peek at the segments which will appear in the following edition. On this visit, I was able to watch a few minutes each of the sections featuring Stephen Perkins, Carl Samson, Scott Tallman Powers, and Daniel Sprick, and I was really blown away; watching skilled artists work, and listening to these same artists intelligently discuss their field is such an amazing treat. I feel more honored than ever to be featured alongside these talented people, and I cannot wait for the Summer issue to come out so I can watch these interviews in full.

Daniel Sprick

Scott Tallman Powers plein air demo

Brad Kunkle outside Arcadia Gallery before the opening of his sold-out solo show

A corner of Carl Samson's historic studio

Darren Kingsley drawing demo

Stephen Perkins

Kate Lehman, Dan Thompson , Michael Grimaldi

The studios of the Janus Collaborative

The Summer issue of American Painting Video Magazine is due out July 1st. The download fee is only $10 for nearly two-hours of realist art-related content. For more information, including updates and subscriptions, visit the APVM site.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Milestone, New Contest!

This past week, the Underpaintings blog surpassed 750 followers. In celebration of making it three-quarters of the way to the millennium mark, it is time to hold another contest! The first person who can correctly identify each artist who created the following 35 separate portraits (ie. the ARTIST, not the subject, unless they are one-in-the-same), will receive two awards. The first of these prizes is a gently used copy of the book Overcoming All Obstacles: The Women of the Académie Julian, edited by Gabriel Weisberg and Jane Becker. The second, is a brand new set of Holbein oil paints containing the following 12 colors: crimson lake, vermilion hue, yellow ochre, permanent yellow light, permanent green pale, viridian hue, cobalt blue hue, ultramarine deep, burnt sienna, burnt umber, ivory black, and permanent white (the tubes are 20ml in size, except the white, which is 50ml). Send your answers to matthew@innisfineart.com. Best of luck, and, as always, thank you for supporting this little project of mine.