Monday, 5 November 2012

Brueghel, Dow, Mars & Squire: Winter Time !

Although my "factual memory" (abillities for remembering and memorising facts and names) is gradualy but definitely on the decline (not what is was 50 years ago), my visual memory (storing and remembering pictures) seems to grow and without any signs of limitation. One of the benefits, aided by a powerful computer, is recognising, "seeing", or thinking one sees, ties and connections. Hail the aging process ! 

Pieter Brueghel the younger (1525-1569) "Hunters returning", winter in the Low Countries 1556. (see also here*)

Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922): "Moon over Marshland". From his first set of 15 designs Dow printed some 200 differently colored versions.

Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire: "Winter Time", illustration from "A childs garden Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) first published in 1902. I can't help thinking this is a wonderful pastiche and even after 100 years a glorious wink to us and Masters old and new. Ethel Mars and Maud Squire, later, were tought printmaking in Paris by life long friend Edna Boies Hopkins (1872-1937) who had been student of Arthur Wesley Dow. Dow  was the first to develope Japanese printmaking without a keyblock. Before in the mid 1890's the three women had been students in the Cincinatti Art Academy. 

All pictures borrowed freely from the internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use.

1 comment:

  1. Almost a thousand (!) silent visitors/readers to this posting: not one single comment. Weird !