Born January 3~ Harriet von Rathlef

Harriet Ellen Siderowna von Rathlef-Keilmann (January 3, 1887-May 1, 1933) was a German sculptor.
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Pair of rabbits modeled in stucco / 1909

Below Left: Pieta wood relief / 1924

Below Right: Wooden sculpture / N.D








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Born January 2~ Slava Raškaj

Slava Raškaj (January 2, 1877-March 29, 1906) was a Croatian watercolorist.
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Yellow Cock and White Hen / 1899 / Watercolor
Moderna Galerija, Zagreb, Croatia

Water Lilies I / 1899 / Watercolor
Moderna Galerija, Zagreb, Croatia

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Born January 1~ Rita Kernn-Larsen

Rita Kernn-Larsen as a young woman. From her daughter Danielle Grünberg‘s collection.

Danish painter Rita Kernn-Larsen was born on January 1, 1904. She attended the State School of Crafts and Art Industry in Oslo, Norway, in her early twenties, returning to Copenhagen in 1926. Kernn-Larsen began training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1927, but after two years traveled to Paris where she was admitted to Fernand Léger’s l’Académie Moderne. She studied with Léger until 1933, during which time she met her future husband Isaac Grünberg (they married in 1940 and had a daughter, Danielle Rose, in 1944).

Rita Kernn-Larsen, Copenhagen, 1935. From her daughter Danielle Grünberg’s collection.

In 1934, Kernn-Larsen again returned to Denmark where she opened her own studio, had her first solo exhibition in a gallery, and met the Danish Surrealist group. Her work evolved from post-cubism to surrealism and by the time she settled in Paris and met Peggy Guggenheim she had exhibited with the Surrealists several times. In 1938, Guggenheim gave Kernn-Larsen a solo exhibition at Guggenheim’s Guggenheim Jeune in London. World War II began while Kernn-Larsen was in London and she remained there for the duration of the war, after which she moved to southern France moved with her husband and daughter. Her paintings began to portray a stylized naturalism reflecting her surroundings in France.

Rita Kernn-Larsen in Copenhagen, 1934. From her daughter Danielle Grünberg’s collection.

During her long career, Kernn-Larsen also illustrated for magazines, experimented with pottery, ceramics and collage, and published a children’s book. Kernn-Larsen died on April 10, 1998, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Unless otherwise noted, paintings are from the collection of SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Danmark



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January First: Happy New Year!

Jessie Willcox Smith

During the latter part of the 19th century, when printing technology allowed magazines to begin producing full color covers, there began an era known as The Golden Age of Illustration. Probably one of the more famous artists who came from that era was Joseph Christian Leyendecker.

Among his 400+ magazine covers are the Baby New Years he painted for The Saturday Evening Post from 1906 to 1943. However, there were lots of other magazines who would devote their New Year covers to Baby New Year — or, at any rate, a baby of some sort.
Not all of the covers shared here are from the Golden Age of Illustration, which is generally described as lasting from the 1880s to the 1920s. But there’s plenty of fine illustrators to be found: Walter Beach Humphrey, Rea Irvin, Jessie Willcox Smith, Vernon Thomas, Charles Twelvetrees, and more.

  1. The Country Gentleman, January 1, 1921 by Walter Beach Humphrey
  2. Good Housekeeping, January 1925, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  3. Child Life, January 1928, by Hazel Frazee
  4. Good Housekeeping, January 1929, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  5. The Farmer’s Wife, January 1930 (could not find this artist)
  6. Good Housekeeping, January 1932, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  7. Collier’s, January 2, 1932 by Charles Twelvetrees
  8. The New Yorker, January 2, 1932, by Rea Irvin
  9. Good Housekeeping, January 1933, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  10. Collier’s, January 6, 1934 by Charles Twelvetrees
  11. Good Housekeeping, January 1935, by Vernon Thomas
  12. Good Housekeeping, January 1936, by Vernon Thomas
  13. Good Housekeeping, January 1937, by Horace C. Gaffron
  14. The Farmer’s Wife, January 1938, by R. James Stuart
  15. The New Yorker, December 1938, by Rea Irvin

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