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Saturday, October 13, 2012

"The Flower Seller", By ~ Valetine Cameron Orinsep ~ 1838 - 1904.

Born in Calcutta, the son of an Indian civil servant who was able to afford a house in Holland Park, one of the most fashionable areas of London, and to send his son to Haileybury, Valetine Prinsep was also fortunate to have as his teacher, George Frederick Watts, an historical and portrait painter, now regarded as one of the foremost of the Victorian artists.
Watts, who seems to have been a permanent guest in the Prinseps' home - a meeting place for all the major artists, poets and writers of the day - eventually suggested that Valentine should go to Paris to complete his art education under Gleyre, who was considered by English students to be the best art teacher in France.
Prinsep returned to England and exhibited a hundred pictures at the Royal Academy from 1862 and 1904.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Girl Holding a Lily, By ~ John Simmons _ 1823 - 1876.

John Simmons was a Bristol-based painter whose main output was portraiture, but who painted a series of beautiful and deliciously erotic watercolours of female fairies. The majority of these watercolours were painted in the 1860s and depict scenes from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His Titania is in the collection of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and was included in the exhibition Victorian Fairy Painting at the Royal Academy in 1997-1998.

"A Fair Beauty,Lily", By ~ Herbert Schmalz ~ 1856 - 1935.

Herbert Schmalz was born in England to a German father - Schmalz is best known under that name, but changed his name to Carmichael in 1918.

Schmalz’s art training was fairly conventional, including studying at South Kensington and the Royal Academy Schools, and then abroad in Antwerp. Schmalz knew Leighton, living near him in Kensington, and marrying the sister of Dorothy Dene, who was one of Leighton’s favorite models.

Schmalz developed a style influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, but more soft, showing single figures or groups, over-pious religious scenes and sentimental lovers, and some topographical paintings. Schmalz also produced Orientalist paintings featuring girls with pots, camels etc somewhat akin to work by Goodall. All of this was well calculated to impress the Victorian public, and much of Schmalz paintings were widely reproduced in magazines and as prints.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting In The Garden, By Stephen Reid ~ 1873 - 1948.

Stephen Reid
Stephen Reid was a Scottish illustrator and painter who specialised in Georgian settings and costume pieces. Born in Aberdeen, he was educated Gray's School of Art and the Royal Scottish Academy.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Varens, By ~ Philip Richard Morris ~ 1838 - 1902.

Philip Richard Morris (1836 - 1902) was an English painter of genre and maritime scenes (particularly allegorical ones of rural life), Holman Hunt-influenced religious paintings and (later in his career) portraits. He was a member of No 2 Company of The Artists Rifles.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Portrait Of A Lady, By ~ Etienne Adolphe Piot ~ 1850 - 1910.

Etienne Adolphe Piot was a painter of portraits and genre subjects.

A pupil of Leon Cogniet, Piot made his Paris Salon debut in 1850 and became a member of the Society of French artists in 1883. In 1890 he obtained an honourable mention.

As a commercial artist, Piot was highly successful. He was able to capitalize on the growing demand for portraits from the upper echelons of Parisian society. Every Debutante in Europe would sit for artists like Piot, nowhere more so than in the French capital during the belle epoch. The captivating mystery he was able to give his patrons through portraiture ensured the artist was always in demand and although we do not know the identity of the sitter in this example, Reflective Mood is typical of Piot’s work at this time.