To Ellen

This blog is made to the honor of my grandmother Ellen Elisabeth Thomsen who was a modern woman .
She was born in Randers in Denmark 1895 and died in Copenhagen 1976.
She had long salmon red hair down to her hips. It was braided and put up with lots of hairpins to make it look short.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Red haired women and flowers


Olga Suvorova

An excellent Russian contemporary. She studied in St. Petersbourg and belong to the group of new Russian artist who delight in details .They love flowers and exclusive textiles. The dull sad colors of the Stalinist generation has been exchanged with strong vibrant colors and a wealth of new harmonies .She is fresh and avoid  nostalgia, compared to contemporary American artists who's portrait paintings try to capture another century's taste.

Dora Hitz


Edgar Maxence

Sir Alma Tadema

Andrea Kowch
reblogged from who shows many of her Pictures

Andrea Kowch

Anna Ancher
Denmark's fantastic painter, in away she is not better than others from other countries. But she captures the Danish light so exactly that it  describes both temperature, time of the day and  in which season. For a Dane who didn't live in Denmark for the last 30 years, it still gives precise illusions even of the smell of the air in that room . I used all my grown up life to look at the colors change in different lights and temperatures. Sitting out in all kind of weathers and temperatures trying to catch the exact difference between colors. I have worked on the feeling that true realism lies in how exact you are, when catching this differences. It's not about the shape or correct perspective or even how photographic you can reproduce the details.Nothing of this gives a real feeling, if You can't see how colors react next to each other 
and in certain lights and therefor can't catch them. 
Marc Rotko knew this and with only two or 3 colors, he could give such a strong feeling of truth, no details needed and no perspective. And still you are there in front of the sea in that exact light!
Well this is about redheads and back to them.

Clara Weaver Parrish

Wonderful sketch!!!

De Requer
The Iris

De Riquer

Edgar Maxence

An unusual portrait because he pictures her smoking, it kind of brakes the renaissance image.

In 2010 The Art Museum in Nantes had a wonderful exhibition of his works.
They made a catalog
which can be bought at their site

                               Document: texte imprimé Edgard Maxence 1871-1954 : les dernières fleurs du symbolisme

Erik Harald Macbeth Robertson
A nice and fresh painting

                                         Found the next one in a German Auction site a few years ago
                                                    either a sketch or it's a less good copy of  
                                                      Lilly Martin Spencer's picture below


                                                                  Lilly Martin Spencer

            Look at the differences in the two pictures flower sizes changed and the background details too.
       The first picture could be a sketch for the next. A copy painter would be more exact with details!

  Galacsy Lajos 1910

Charles Courtney Curran

Which woman doesn't love peonies?

George Lawrence Bullieds

There are some pictures one would like to own .
This has something that talks more to me than many other pictures
perhaps its the freshness of the turquoise  layer she sleeps on...... if it had be dark brown soil I am not sure I would love it so much .Perhaps it's years of  advertisements for washing powder, 
which has pointed out that the color  turquoise is equal to freshness?
Or is it the black Iris which reminds us that death is always close.


Albert Lynch

Robert Reid

Herbert James Draper

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