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.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More girls with red hair

Henry John Stock

Diego Velazquez

Louis Corinth

Angelica Kristenson Aurelius

This Swedish  painter whom I studied together with,
I think she was the most talented student on the Academy of fine Arts in Stockholm when I studied there and
still is one of Sweden's most  interesting  and powerful painters.Check out her site.
Expressive, powerful and very real are all her portraits!

I will bring many of her red haired pictures in this blog because I admire her work very much!
Look at the surfaces of color areas, Look at repetition of lines and colors, look at the small fine details
which all the time are there, even if the finish of the picture has the freshness of a sketch.
Monumental and powerful pictures that never loose the dreamlike  atmosfeare.

Pia Ranslet
"The year of the snails"

One summer when I painted on  Bornholm  , the island was invaded 
by a red snail ,which the News programs on TV in Denmark called " the
Killer snail". It ate absolutely everything. Millions of them everywhere.
You could hardly walk  in the garden without sliding on a snail.
A few years earlier the foxes died out on Bornholm and there were no natural 
predators, to take care of the snail problem. One way of collecting them was by 
setting out a a bowl of beer. Snails from all corners of the garden would
" rush" to the beer and then drown. We could then collect them and trow them in 
the garbage. My niece Anna showed me how they drank all the beer  one evening .
Her red hair stood like a shield around her face. Just had to paint her again.
This huge amount of orange hair weighed up in a strong contrast,  
all the blue and green around her .

Jozsef  Rippl -Ronai
The Kunffy Child

Remember the feeling of sitting in a chair or sofa so big that your legs
couldn't dangle down? This picture catches the clumsiness of the short body.
And somehow the dull colors  brings back the memories 
of how immensely slow reality seemed to be back then . 
Every waiting got to be  long and so boring really quickly.

Artist Unknown
Pinzio girl with dog

Clothes are not what they once were ,I imagine the months it took to 
make this dress, not to speak of the silk shoes.

Louise Breshlau
This picture is a masterpiece!

Hans Olof Heyerdahl
Norwegian Artist

A figurative painting has an imagination of a room . It can be a psychological
room where an interaction takes place between the persons in the picture 
and  the different elements surrounding them. But there is also an interconnection with the viewer.  
Are the persons on the picture in a natural situation or are they staged and
the room around them is arranged and chosen to fill out the the white canvas around the figures? 
It is often a space that is more or less forgotten by the artist or it's value is secondary 
and could be exchanged without any problem. 
Because the artist put all the importance in the portrayed  individuals. Like in the picture above!
The over sized dove doesn't have any importance in that picture nor do the grey brown stable behind!
the picture would not be less good with any other dark background or without the dove.

Marguerite Aers

Fredrick Stahl

I would love to own this picture it is so fine in the matching colors and the fine light and details 
and the frame fit so well.

Berthe Morisot

When showing pictures of small girls Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot 
are two of the very best. The love and understanding they have for children 
is marvelous. This two artists portray young children's innocence  in their paintings 
 and they always picture them in a natural position .

Mary Cassatt
The blue Armchair

Berthe Morisot

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt
Sarah holding kitten

Mary Cassatt

John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Terese Gossa

Berthe Morisot

John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Beatrice Goulet

Bodil Larsen Rohweder
Danish Painter

Timoleon Marie-Lubrichon

Eva Maria Eneroth
A copy after Velaques'  picture of   Margarita Teresa

Diego Velazquez
The child Margarita Teresa

Diego Velazquez
The child Margarita Alba

Augustus John

Berthe Morisot

This one is strong, what a powerful drawing!!

Edward Burne -Jones
Portrait of Dorothy Mattersdorf
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Frank Weston Benson

Carl Larsson

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