Ophelia at the River’s Edge

Carlos Ewerbeck (German, active early 20th century) – Ophelia at the River’s Edge, c.1900 (Oil on canvas)

“There is a willow grows aslant a brook
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do “dead men’s fingers” call them.”

Carlos Ewerbeck - Ophelia at the River’s Edge

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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

Woman Reading

Josephine Margaret Muntz-Adams (Australian, 1862-1949) – Woman Reading, a Book in the Hand (Oil on canvas) – Muntz-Adams, residing in Melbourne, diverged from standard patterns of taste in her use of a somber palette and free, expressive brushwork. She exhibited internationally, being consistently acclaimed since 1896, but ended her career in relative obscurity…

Josephine Margaret Muntz-Adams - Woman Reading

The Nap

Henri Charles Manguin (French, 1874–1949) – The Nap (The Rocking Chair, Jeanne), c. 1905 (Oil on canvas, Villa Flora, Winterthur, Switzerland) – Manguin, along with Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Albert Marquet and Charles Camoin, was a founder and early exponent of the Fauve movement. He had been close friends with Camoin, Matisse, and Marquet since 1895 when they were students of Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Their camaraderie and shared theoretical philosophy contributed to the momentous joint impact of their pioneering canvases when they were first shown to the public… In 1905, Manguin, Marquet and Camoin took up residence in Saint-Tropez while Matisse traveled east along the coast to Collioure, where they all experimented with brilliantly colored canvases. In the fall of 1905, Manguin exhibited five of these paintings alongside works by his friends in the notorious Room VII–the cage aux fauves–at the Paris Salon d’Automne…

Henri Charles Manguin -The Nap (The Rocking Chair, Jeanne)

Ophelia

John Everett Millais (English, 1829-1896) – Ophelia, 1851-52 (Oil on canvas. Tate Britain, London)

“There, on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke,
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And mermaid-like a while they bore her up,
Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element. But long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”

John Everett Millais - Ophelia

Love Letter

Antal László Neogrády (Hungarian, 1861-1942) – Love Letter (Oil on cardboard) – Neogrády studied at the School of Model Drawing under Janos Greguss, then at the Munich Academy. He took part in exhibitions from 1888 mostly with his watercolours. Between 1893 and 1931, he taught watercolour painting at the Academy of Fine Arts…

Antal László Neogrády - Love Letter

Daisy by the River

Theodore Clement Steele (American, 1847-1926) – Daisy by the River, 1891 (Oil on canvas) – Daisy, one of Steele’s three daughters, is reading by the river. Steele is perhaps the most famous of the “Hoosier Group” of five American impressionist painters. These artists trained abroad but returned to Indiana and developed a distinctive style of landscape painting…

Theodore Clement Steele - Daisy by the River