An Interior with Two Women

Arthur Trevor Haddon (British, 1864-1941) – An Interior with Two Women, c.1886 (Oil on canvas. Geffrye Museum, London) – Haddon was both an oil painter and watercolorist who specialized in landscapes, seascapes and the country genre. He was also a skilled portraitist and painter of figures. In 1883, at the age of 19, he won a 3 year art scholarship to the Slade schools in England and later studied painting in Rome and Madrid…

Arthur Trevor Haddon - An Interior with Two Women

Self-Portrait

Alice Bailly (Swiss, 1872-1938) – Self-Portrait, 1917 (Oil on canvas. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC) – The red, orange, and blue hues echo the palette of Fauve paintings. The arching lines forming her hands and arms echo Italian Futurist art. Bailly embraced the insouciance of Dada by carefully delineating her breasts, the buttons of her jacket, and her signature bob haircut while painting out the entire right side of her face. Bailly painted intuitively and additively.

Alice Bailly - Self-Portrait

Studio under the Eaves

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) – Studio under the Eaves, 1903 (Oil on canvas. Fitzwilliam Museum) – The makeshift, spartan look of this studio suggests the painter’s financial straits. His palette rests upon a simple wooden crate. His easel is set up before a folding table on which stands a single vase containing two dahlias. The two skylights do little to illuminate the interior. Even the daylight that enters the open window only serves to intensify the darkness of the foreground by casting a long dark shadow.

Henri Matisse - Studio under the Eaves

Leda and The Swan

Louis Icart (French, 1888 -1950) – Leda and The Swan, 1934 (Etching and aquatint, varnished) – Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? The hubris of predictions and our perpetual surprise when the not-predicted happens. We concentrate on things we already know but we fail to predict the impossible. The history of a thousand days that tell you nothing about what is to happen next…

Louis Icart - Leda and The Swan

Hermia and Lysander

John Simmons (British, 1823-1876) – Hermia and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1870 (Watercolor heightened with gouache on paper laid down on canvas) – Shakespeare’s forbidden lovers Lysander and Hermia travel through the enchanted wood to find safe haven. They find themselves lost and decide to sleep, oblivious to the surrounding multitude of fairies and woodland creatures. Lysander holds Hermia’s ringed finger while touching the loamy moss of the forest floor explaining “One turf shall serve as pillow for us both;/One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.”

John Simmons  - Hermia and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream