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.

Friday, March 9, 2012

More female portraits

                                                                       Fredrick Augustus Sandys

                        Portrait of Adelaide Bedingfield
         Reblogged from Hermes Blog on Pre Raphaelites
     Wonder if she really had such big eyes?
It is a strange flying tower that hangs over her head.
Some times the Artist fill out the canvas around the person
without thinking too deep. Lines ,plants buildings get a wrong size or a too sharp curve or too
hard colour and jump out in the eye.Some attributs like the Lagercranz is normaly chosen to show
a doctorat and not added to a woman in her best party dress.
But here it might have been used to show that she was a learned woman?


Edgar Maxence
He was born 1871 in Nantes in France and died in 1954 .
He studied under Delanay and Moreau.
He is placed  in the Arthistory storage system as a symbolist.
Exelent portraist with sensitive even lyric ideals.

                                                             Three pictures of the same girl


Edgar Maxence

Felix Possart

attributed to Edward Streichen

Wonderful portrait found in the fantastic blog called "A Polarbears tale"

 Michael Hussar

This is a strong picture and painted with much freshness and power,but
she looks a bit Zombie like with the watery eyes
and perhaps the shadow under the chin is too dark,
 or did she survive hanging? It would have been better if he let the shadow on the neck go straight up to the reflection under the chin without the dark shadow inbetween.

Of all the ways to paint I always thought Franz Hals' brilliant artistery was desturbing.
It gives more a feeling of artistic arrogance than of artistic elegance!
The swifft brush has to be precise else it turns into effect and superficiality
 like a womans magasin novel illustration.
Sometime a single brushstruck can be excatly what was needed ,
but too often it adds a too hasty and too sloppy stroke that is unnessesary
and will sit on the surface like a mistake.
Anders Zorn also prefered the fresh sketch  like finish, but he was always totaly precise and mastered it to perfection and it seldom gives a feeling of an arrogant painter rather of an extremely skillful one.

Fredrick Horseman Varley

Extreeme neck! But a wonderful picture so nice
 with the palegreen reflections aganist all the red colours.
Like very much the "white " Blouse who doesn't have any white
in it and still it gives the impression of being white.

William John Hennessy
"Mon brave"

Another Fredrick Varley
There were many rules in Scandinavian Academism.
Don't paint sunsets or crying children and do not paint deers next to a lake,
do not use white or black to mix your colours.
  Another rule was  to not  use all colours in a picture ,
so it will look like a rainbow.
Varley did exactly that , and it looks very good!
I believe if you know how to draw colour is allowed to be unprecise!

Found this on the Net and it said Helene Schjerfbeck
It must be a very early picture or someone  tried to make it look like her but didn't succed.
It lacks her elegance and very precisely  drawn lines.

Henry John Stock
Not reblogged from,
 but You can find many of his pictures there

Kaj Fjell
Norways poetical painter

I could add all his pictures here because they contain such a lovely softness
, he was a specially talented painter .
If You read Norwegan ,there is a nice biografi about him on  www.


  1. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for posting these!

  2. Hi Sarah
    Thank you for the nice comment,I have many more posts on the way ,but it takes time to make order in the pictures. So please look in a few days for a new set of redhaired female.
    Warm regards Pia