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 302~ Anna Maria van Schurman

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

Dutch artist, poet, and scholar
Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678)

1. Self Portrait, 1625-1649 / Engraving / Various collections incl. Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands

2. Self Portrait, 1633 / Engraving / Various collections incl. RISD Museum, Providence, RI

3. Self Portrait, c.1640 / Pastel on paper / Museum Martena, Franeker, Netherlands

4. Self Portrait, 1640; / Engraving / Various collections incl. National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

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Autoportrait Day 258~ Maria Walpurgis

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

Princess, composer, singer, harpsichordist, painter, pastellist, poet, librettist, and patron of the arts Maria Antonia Walpurgis Symphorosa (1724-1780)

1. Self-portrait, c.1767–1772 / Oil on canvas / Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

2. Based on a pastel self-portrait, 1764 / Engraving / British Museum, London, UK

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Autoportrait Day 64~ Amélie Beaury-Saurel

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

French portraitist Amélie Beaury-Saurel (1848/9-1924)

1. Portrait of Amélie Beaury-Saurel by herself, published 1889
“Universal Illustrated Review” magazine / Bibliothèque nationale de France

2. Dans le Bleu*, 1894 / Pastel on canvas / Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France
* The internet wants to think this is a self portrait, and I want to share a full color work
by the artist, so I’m posting this despite my uncertainty.

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