Dandelions in Art, Part 1 of 2~

“Taraxacum officinale, the dandelion or common dandelion, is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant, well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver-tufted fruits that disperse in the wind.
The common dandelion grows in temperate regions of the world in areas with moist soils. It is most often considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but the leaves, flowers, and roots are sometimes used in herbal medicine and as food.”

The First Dandelion
Simple and fresh and fair from winter’s close emerging,

As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,
Forth from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass—innocent, golden,
calm as the dawn,
The spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful face.
~Walt Whitman (1819-1892) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/walt-whitman

1. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) with a caterpillar from The Book of Flower Studies, c.1510–1515, by Master of Claude de France
Opaque water color, organic glazes, gold and silver paint, iron and carbon-based ink and charcoal on parchment / The Met Cloisters, New York, NY

2. A Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) with a Tiger Moth, a Butterfly, a Snail, and a Beetle, c.1730, by Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783)
Opaque watercolor on parchment / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

3. Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 3: Sparrows and Dandelions, c.1820 by Teisai Hokuba (1771-1844)
Privately published woodblock prints (surimono) mounted in an album; ink and color on paper / The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

4. Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale), c. 1854, by Anna Atkins (1799-1871)
Cyanotype on paper / Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

5. Dandelion Seeds, 1858 or later, by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877)
Photogravure / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

6. Dandelions, 1867–68, by Jean-François Millet (1814–1875)
Pastel on tan wove paper / Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

7. Tree trunks in the grass, 1890, by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Oil on canvas / Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands

8. Dandelions, ND, by Bertha Wegmann (1847-1926)
Oil on canvas / Private collection

9. Dandelions, c.1900, by Ludwik Stasiak (1858-1924)
Oil on canvas / Stanisław Fischer Museum, Bochnia, Poland
Monday, January 23rd: Dandelions in Art, Part 2 of 2

Autoportrait Day 77~ Giovanna Garzoni

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

Italian Baroque painter Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670)

1. Self-portrait as Apollo, c.1618-20 / Tempera on parchment, laid down on linen / Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome, IT

2. Self-Portrait, c.1650 / Pastel and charcoal on paper / Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, DC

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Born October 24~ Marianne North

Marianne North (October 24, 1830-August 30, 1890) was an English botanical artist, writer, and world traveler who visited 15 countries in 14 years.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_North

Honeyflowers and Honeysuckers, South Africa by Marianne North
c.1882 / Oil on board / 20″x13-3/4″ / Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, UK

Marianne North on Art UK: https://artuk.org/visit/venues/marianne-north-gallery-5000

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Born September 27~ Mary Grierson

Mary Anderson Grierson (September 27, 1912-January 30, 2012) was a Welsh-born Scottish illustrator and longtime staff artist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Grierson

Epigeneium Coelogyne by Mary Grierson
ND / Watercolor on paper / 15-3/4″x11-2/5″ / Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew, London, UK

Mary Grierson on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/mary-grierson/

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Born February 6~ Elfriede Abbe

Elfriede Martha Abbe (1919–2012) was an American sculptor, wood engraver, and botanical illustrator.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfriede_Abbe

The Hunter by Elfriede Abbe
c.1935 / Sculpture for the 1939 World’s Fair in NYC,
located in the Production and Distribution Zone at Perylon Hall

Elfriede Abbe at Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY

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Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month~ Day 25

Durian (Durio Zibethinus L.) Chromolithograph by
P. Depannemaeker after Berthe Hoola van Nooten

c.1880 / From the book Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de L’Ile de Java by Berthe Hoola van Nooten
Published by C. Muquardt, Brussels / Various collections, including Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO

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Women’s History Month in Visual Arts~ March 11

Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of a Queensland Tree and Black Cockatoo
by Marianne North

Early 1880s / Oil on board / 20”x14” / Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, UK

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See also: March 11~ Women’s History Month in visual arts