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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 04:59 PM

Hello, my DU friends. The Friday Afternoon Challenge today is entitled “Evanescence.” a subject that

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has been haunting me all week. So please, if you will, accept this imperfect offering* on this day that ends a sad week for all of us.

Perhaps you know the artists who did these memorable works that now have special meaning...
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*“Yet this must be, in a sense, the purpose of nearly everything we do -- certainly in the arts, painting and writing, we steal spirits and souls if we can, and in love and devotion, what do we do but pray: Keep this as it is, hold this moment safe?”
--Eudora Welty, Occasions

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mia Dec 2012 #7
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yardwork Dec 2012 #11
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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:01 PM

1. I assume 6 is Sloan

Though the figure on the left is more Bellows-y... but that cityscape has to be Sloan. Henri couldn't do that.

Could be an atypical Glackens I've never seen... the only thing that keeps me from being sure it's Sloan is that I should be familiar with any Sloan this good (!)

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:10 PM

2. yes, it is an atypical Sloan IMO.

I like his bar scene much better. But I chose this because of the subject of this Challenge. It is called "Sunday. Women drying their hair." The sunlight on the faces and the hanging laundry blowing in the wind. There was a feeling of making the moment last. Just wonderful.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:20 PM

3. It's a great painting.

He was an exciting artist for a very brief time. (His late work is like a parody of something... very, very odd. But not unusual. A lot of great painters 1910-1920 ended up brainwashing themselves into pretending that their real passion was listless, half-assed modernism.)

Anyway, Sloan was quite good when he was good.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:25 PM

4. BTW, there is a Bellows show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on now.

I have some art loving friends who aren't very excited about going, for some reason they don't like Bellows. I think Ashcan is an exciting period.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:28 PM

5. 2 is either Hudson River School or Caspar David Friedrich.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:34 PM

6. no, but it does somewhat resemble the Hudson River School.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:45 PM

7. 5. Renoir

Woman with a Parasol

Thanks for the thread!

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Response to mia (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 06:09 PM

8. Lovely painting, isn't it? Part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts

in Boston.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:25 PM

9. #2: Peter Paul Rubens - A Forest at Dawn with a Deer Hunt

I remember this one from a past Challenge.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:32 PM

10. Yes, doesn't it just tremble in awaiting the dawn light? What an evanascent moment!

It was in a different context that I used it before. But I remembered how lovely and tender it made me feel, so I used it in this special Challenge.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:41 PM

11. 4a is Still Life with Brioche by Edouard Manet.

Very whimsical.

Thank you. I love the Friday evening challenge.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:42 PM

12. do you "get" its companion piece?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:46 PM

13. I had to look it up!

4b is Brioche by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. I remembered that Manet's painting was a reference to earlier paintings, but I couldn't remember which one.

Was this pair featured in an earlier Challenge? I think that I first learned about it here.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:52 PM

14. No, as a matter of fact I just learned of the earlier Chardin through a perusal of his works

(I didn't see his works in 2011 when I was in the Louvre unfortunately). He certainly was a master. I was earlier going to use his painting "The Silver Tureen" which is owned by the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, but his use of the dead rabbit, while effective in the overall painting, was too much for this particular thread because of the sensitive nature of what I was meaning about evanescence.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:58 AM

25. Do you see Manet's cat, zizzi, peeking in the upper right hand side of the painting?

Zizzi was also featured in "Olympia." (now THERE'S trivia!).

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #25)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:05 PM

27. I never noticed the cat in Olympia! Went to look... it looks like a different cat.

The cat in Brioche seems to have a white face. The one in Olympia is all black.

I had never noticed these cats in Manet's paintings before! Are there more in other other paintings?

I love the little high heeled shoes that Olympia is wearing.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:58 PM

30. I managed to screwthat up royally while researching the brioche painting.

Here is what I was reading: http://web.cmoa.org/?p=8990

Of course, the author never said that the cat in the brioche work was the same as the cat in Olympia! I just "thought" that in my wild imagination...

At any rate, it does look like the same cat as the one with Madame Manet....

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #30)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:07 PM

33. This is fascinating! I had no idea that Manet was enthralled with cats.

I'm typing this with my black cat on my keyboard. I have to keep pushing him out of the way to reach the cap key.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #33)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:19 PM

35. Here's a source that thinks Chardin (once again) provided a source for Manet

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #35)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:55 PM

36. The cat is wonderful in that painting but I can see why you didn't use it.

There is a lot of irony in Manet's work and I see why he referenced the ironic work of earlier painters.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #36)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 05:10 PM

37. Yes, there is the irony of the evanescense of both the brioche and the flower.

They are "momentarily" wonderful. In that sense, all "still lifes" are ironic. In French the name for still life is "nature morte," which tells you something.

Now, the Chardin is much more explicit. The living cat and the dead rabbit, couldn't be clearer.

I'm reading a long essay now on art in the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection and how Chardin took the Dutch still life motif and infused in it new height of artistry. I saw a huge room of it in Haarlem at Frans Hals house museum. The still lifes by those artists are full of slowly decaying fruit and vegetables, along with cornucopias of shellfish and game. That display was quite impressive and BIG...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:07 PM

15. #3: John Constable - Study of Tree Trunks

Another one I remembered from a past Challenge.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:47 AM

19. Yes, isn't it lovely. Almost impressionistic! The effect of sun dappled trees and water...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:25 PM

16. I didn't know any of them

before reading the thread. I thought they were all wonderful.

I always enjoy these posts. You bring such splendid things to our sometimes dark world.



Julie

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:42 AM

22. thank you, what a nice thing to say!

I love doing this and once you start you can't stop...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:38 PM

17. Well, at least I think I am doing better, as I actually ....

.... recognized a few of them from my readings and studies. But I couldn't match any with the artists.

But I feel like I am making some progress.

Thanks, CTyankee, I look forward to these every Friday.

(P.S. I'll bet I could recognize a Frederic Church if it ever came up. I was born and raised within sight of Olana.)

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Response to oldhippie (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:51 AM

21. Hudson River School is worthy of more of my attention...

I should give it more careful study... a lot of beauty...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:45 PM

18. I think #1 is Caillebotte's Yellow Roses .....

I knew I saw it somewhere. It was at the Dallas Museum of Art last Spring.

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Response to oldhippie (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:50 AM

20. YEs, it is! I know it is in Dallas. Lucky you, it is a simply lovely work.

Caillebotte is getting to be one of my favorite Impressionists. Too bad he was so overshadowed at his time...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:20 AM

23. Thank you for continuing to do these. This is the first time I've gone through knowing most all of

them and they making me smile as I see these old friends. Thank you for the smile.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:45 AM

24. Oh, I'm glad to hear from you! Were you an art history major?

I must say, this is an eclectic bunch of paintings this week, so I figure you have to have a broad background to bring into view the presentation of Ashcan, Rococo, Impressionist, Realist/Impressionist, English Romanticist and Baroque into one Challenge!

Here is one that I simply couldn't fit in the mix in this challenge, altho I love the reference with regard to the sense of evanescence. Do you know it?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:48 PM

29. My folks were art lovers so I grew up reading books, going to art museums and exhibits, etc

having parents who were actively studying art and art history was just normal to me and I guess I absorbed it by hanging out with them. Never thought much about it, it just seemed normal.

As an adult I have enjoyed seeing more, and the old favorites. Let me tell you, walking into Musee Dorsey in Paris, going room to room I had tears in my eyes. My teenager couldn't understand why I thought the real deal was different from posters.

Our childhood playing cards however were Famous Authors though.

Edited to add I am clueless about the extra one here. sorry.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #29)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:03 PM

31. I had a meltdown in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Tired from an intensive week on a little barge going to towns where the Old Dutch Masters painted I was overwhelmed in front of one of his crows in wheatfields works. IT just seemed too much to bear at that moment...and I had never been that much of a Van Gogh fan, altho I am now...that one, and View Of Delft at the Mauritshaus in the Hague just overwhelmed me.

The "extra credit" one is by contemporary artist Janet Fish, entitled "Oranges." I just love it.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:03 PM

26. #1 was the High Times 2005 Cannabis Cup winner

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:05 PM

32. If you are suggesting I get a little "high" on art, well, buster...

you're RIGHT!

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:29 PM

28. Thank you so much for these wonderful posts...

I look forward to them each week. I love art but do not have the depth of knowledge to recognize individual artists, as well as I would like. I know some of the obvious, Monet, etc., but I am learning so much and discovering art that I love from your posts.

Thanks!!!

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #28)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:10 PM

34. I'm glad you are here.

I make a lot of discoveries myself while researching some of my ideas for each Challenge. Since I have been bitten by the art bug I have been delighted and pretty much humbled by what I have learned...

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