Born January 9~ Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9, 1875-April 18, 1942) was an American sculptor,
art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Vanderbilt_Whitney

Spanish Peasant by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
1913 / Bronze on marble base / Excluding base: 9 3/4″x7 1/2″x7 1/4″ / Graham Shay 1857 gallery, NYC

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gertrude-vanderbilt-whitney/

Further reading:
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/gertrude-vanderbilt-whitney/
https://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/gertrude-vanderbilt-whitney/#
https://crystalbridges.org/blog/womens-history-month-gertrude-vanderbilt-whitney/

Born January 8~ Elisabetta Sirani

Elisabetta Sirani (January 8, 1638-August 28, 1665) was an Italian Baroque painter and printmaker.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabetta_Sirani

Virgin and Child by Elisabetta Sirani
1663 / Oil on canvas / 34″x27 1/2″ / National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

Elisabetta Sirani on Obelisk art history project: https://arthistoryproject.com/artists/elisabetta-sirani/

Further reading:
https://www.uffizi.it/en/magazine/maestra-elisabetta-sirani-virtuosa-del-pennello
https://nmwa.org/blog/artist-spotlight-elisabetta-sirani/
https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/06/23/elisabetta-sirani-gem-of-italy/

Born January 7~ Marie Louisa Kirschner

Marie Louisa Kirschner (Kirschnerová) was a Czech-German painter, designer, and glass artist. Born January 7, 1952, in Prague to wealthy Jewish-German parents, she was the oldest of three sisters. The middle sister, Aloisia, went on to become a well-known author of romance novels under the pseudonym Ossip Schubin. The parents encouraged Aloisia, known as “Lola”, and Marie to pursue their artistic talents. Both received excellent educations and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Marie studied painting in Vienna, then Munich (where she participated in her first exhibitions), and then Paris.

Beginning in 1887 she moved to Berlin to live with Lola, where they hosted a popular salon for artists, writers, and musicians. Marie spent her summers in Prague. She painted primarily landscapes but did do some flower paintings and still lifes. In Berlin, Marie eventually began to concentrate more on interior design and decorative arts. Around the turn of the century, she had begun working with the Czechoslovakian art glass company Lötz Witwe, first as a painter but eventually as a designer, and this relationship lasted until 1913. Despite not being from Great Britain, Marie appeared in the 1876 book “English Female Artists” by Ellen Creathorne Clayton. She was a member of The American Women’s Club in Prague, the name of which was meant to indicate “modern”.

Marie returned permanently to Bohemia either at the beginning or the end of the First World War, depending on what source one consults. Marie died June 30, 1931 in Bohemia and was buried in the family cemetery in Prague. Aloisia died three years later and is also buried there. Neither sister had ever married. Marie Kirschner had won a number of awards at exhibitions in cities around the world. Sadly, despite the popularity they both enjoyed while alive, the sisters have faded into obscurity.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Louisa_Kirschner
https://www.loetz.com/designers/marie-kirschner
http://www.artnet.com/artists/marie-luise-kirschner/

Born January 6~ Ruth Gikow

Ruth Gikow (January 6, 1915 Ukraine-1982 New York City) was an American visual artist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Gikow

Interior by Ruth Gikow / N.D. / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

Ruth Gikow on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/ruth-gikow/

Further reading:
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/ruth-gikow
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/gikow-ruth
https://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/03/obituaries/ruth-gikow-artist-67-dies-caught-the-moods-of-people.html

Born January 5~ Madame Yevonde

Madame Yevonde was the professional name of photographer Yevonde Cumbers.
Biography on British Council website:
http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/collection/artists/yevonde-madame-1893

Writer, artist and dancer Doris Louise Cleghorn Church / c.1915
Matte collodion printing-out paper print / National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Motor-racing driver and aviator Jill Scott / Photographed 1938
Modern Vivex colour print, 1990 / National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Madame Yevonde, NPG collection: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp06547

Further reading:
http://www.madameyevonde.com/
http://www.benhamgallery.com/artists/yevonde.html
https://www.theglassmagazine.com/madame-yevonde/

Born January 4~ Frances H. Gearhart

Frances H. Gearhart (January 4, 1869-April 4, 1959) was an American printmaker and watercolorist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Gearhart

Above the Trail / c.1925 / Image: 12″x10 1/16″
Various collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY

Frances Hammell Gearhart on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/frances-hammell-gearhart/

“The Gearhart sisters, California artists and educators”: https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/gearhart-sisters

Further reading:
http://www.francesgearhart.com/
https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/781/Gearhart/Frances
http://womenoutwest.blogspot.com/2015/11/frances-hammell-gearhart-printmaker-and.html

Born January 3~ Harriet von Rathlef

Harriet Ellen Siderowna von Rathlef-Keilmann (January 3, 1887-May 1, 1933) was a German sculptor.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_von_Rathlef

Pair of rabbits modeled in stucco / 1909

Below Left: Pieta wood relief / 1924

Below Right: Wooden sculpture / N.D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Art Database:
http://www.lostart.de/Webs/EN/Datenbank/ObjektgruppeVerlust.html?cms_param=OBJGRP_ID%3D8998%26page%3D0%26sort%3D%24sort
Further reading:
https://www.meaus.com/harriet-siderowna-keilmann.htm

Born January 2~ Slava Raškaj

Slava Raškaj (January 2, 1877-March 29, 1906) was a Croatian watercolorist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slava_Ra%C5%A1kaj

Yellow Cock and White Hen / 1899 / Watercolor
Moderna Galerija, Zagreb, Croatia

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

Partage Plus online visual database: http://partage.muo.hr/?object=list&find=Slava+Ra%C5%A1kaj
Further reading:
http://hirc.botanic.hr/vrt/english/new/Slava_raskaj.htm
https://www.pragmaprojects.com/deafhistory/index.php/component/zoo/item/slava-raskaj
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/slava-raskaj/

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.

https://schristywolfe.com/2018/01/01/january-first-happy-new-year-3/

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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