Pride Month~ June 1

Ellen Day Hale and Gabrielle D. Clements

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In 1884, Clements traveled abroad to Paris to study at the Academie Julian where she was joined in 1885 by fellow painter and future lifelong companion Ellen Day Hale…
Clements and Hale frequently traveled abroad, visiting France, Italy, Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, and spent summers at “The Thickets,” the house they purchased in the artists’ colony at Folly Cove.
~Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C

Portrait of a woman, said to be Gabrielle de Veaux Clements, by Ellen Day Hale (seen in photo above, left)
1883 / Pencil, charcoal and white chalk on paper / High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
















Avenue Bridge, Baltimore by Gabrielle de Veaux Clements (seen in photo above, right)
1927 / Etching on paper / Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C

National Photography Month~ May 31

The False Hellebore by Imogen Cunningham

1926 / Gelatin silver print / 8 3/4″x9″ / Imogen Cunningham Archives, Imogen Cunningham Trust, Berkeley, CA

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In 1932, with this unsentimental, straightforward approach in mind, Cunningham became one of the co-founders of the Group f/64, which aimed to “define photography as an art form by a simple and direct presentation through purely photographic methods”. ~Lumière On Line

National Photography Month~ May 30

Brother William of the Shaker Settlement, Mount Lebanon, NY
by Doris Ulmann

c.1925-1927 / Platinum print / 8 1/16″x6″
Various collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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Her photographs helped change the way we perceive and therefore represent the people she photographed, from quaint, picturesque peasants to individuals with dignity and purpose in the modern world. ~Prints & Photographs Reading Room, LOC

National Pet Month~ May 30

Early Carolina Morning by Romare Bearden

1978 / Collage on board / 29″x41″ / Private collection

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MoMA’s page says there are “approx. four unique variants” of this work.
Looking around the internet, I found collagraphs, serigraphs, and lithographic editions on this subject.

Romare Bearden and His Traveling Cats~

National Photography Month~ May 29

The Grape-Vine Swing by Mary Morgan Keipp

c.1900-1904 / Platinum print / Image: 8 1/4″x6 1/4″ / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

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Because her photographic activity was not reported in Selma newspapers and was completely unknown outside her family at her death, her images were apparently not intended to influence Alabamians’ ideas about race and culture. Instead, they are most appropriately viewed as Keipp’s personal appreciation of rural and small-town Alabama life and a means of artistic and perhaps social discovery.
~Encyclopedia of Alabama

National Pet Month~ May 29

Portrait of Colonel Jack Warner by Salvador Dalí

1951 / Oil on canvas / 42 1/5″x50 3/5″ / Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse, NY

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Barbara Warner Howard: Mother loved that portrait so much that she wanted him to do one of my father. Of course my father was very impatient and I doubt if he sat for it much. He sent photographs for Dalí to work from. At the time we had a giant schnauzer named Dragon, and the dog came out more lifelike in the portrait than my father. ~Google Books

National Photography Month~ May 28

French WWI soldiers warm themselves around a fire behind the lines in Lorraine
by Harriet Chalmers Adams

1917 / Digital image found online / National Geographic Image Collection, DC

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[Harriet Chalmers Adams] traversed Asia and attended Haile Selassie’s coronation as emperor of Ethiopia. During World War I, she was the first female journalist allowed to photograph the French trenches, where she stayed for months.

National Photography Month~ May 27

Voices of the Woods by Caroline Haskins Gurrey

1909 / Photo print / 10″x12″ / National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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Between 1905 and 1909, Gurrey produced a series of fifty portraits of Native Hawaiians and other young men and women of mixed-race heritage, largely depicting people from the Kamehamaha School. These portraits were exhibited at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington, and some were shown at the San Francisco Exposition (1915).
~Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives