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.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Red haired Girls

Many fine pictures of red haired girls can be found between children pictures in the site  What I bring here I found on auction sites in the Internet or trough searching for artist names in the Internet  or in my my books, which I then scanned.

Some old copy after Velasquez

This little copy I found in a German Auction site not long ago It is clearly a copy of Velasquez picture
But it is a sweet copy where the artist tried to make his own picture.


Alma Tadema

Sir Clausen

I think it often happens that the eyes are placed a little wrong or they are  given too much attention , painted too dark or clear or a little bit too big , so they stand out like two holes in the portrait. It is very hard to paint a children portrait since their faces are so rounded and have so few shapes, and the eyes are rather big.
Since it is almost only eyes nose and mouth it is very important that they get the right angel according to the hidden cranium.Else they kind of swim upon the cranium and doesn't sit in right.
The portrait is nice, but it has one eyes which is placed wrong .

Eero Järnefelt


This is a funny picture where he obviously didn't have time to work as much on his daughter as on the big wooden Grail, perhaps she got tired of modeling for him or the jar was more interesting?


A rather unknown picture, I have many Gauguin books and have never seen this picture before.

Emilie Munier

Emma Heerdt

Ferdinand Hodler

Sarah Purser

Here is a portrait where the eyes were not over painted. they fit in both in grey tone and in colour.



As an artist who paint children I will say that every children painting contain  a choice when it comes to the size of the child in the surrounding. In this picture You get a precise feeling of  the age of this child is because the door nob is so high above her. And still she is rather thin compared to her height.
I love this white /grey type of painting that was so perfected by Hammershøj
I think  that Knopff must have seen Hammershøj's paintings which were famous in his time.

Jan Toorop

A great Easter picture 3 red haired girls in colours of Easter daffodils.

Johan Frankenberger

Many portraits of children in this period make the child look too old in the face
If you only look at the face and nit the size of the body she could easily be thought of as being more than 15 years old. when she actually is no more than 4-5  the most.

Eero Järnefelt

Love this picture look how Järnefelt  knows to draw so well.
I like that it is kept in so few colours and you do not feel any colour is missing.

´Felice Casorati
                                         Typical haircut for small girls born between 1920 to 30

                                          Artist not know ,the picture seen in a German auction site.

Pia Ranslet

Anna Ranslet with Jakaranda flower

Thomas Cooper Gotch

Thomas Cooper Gotch

Allan Banks

Lilla Cabot Perry

Artist unknown

Queen Elisabeth artist unknown

Sir John Everett Millais

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