Metamorphosis in Art, Part 1 of 2~

Metamorphosis II, 1939-1940, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) / https://mcescher.com/about/biography/
Woodcut on paper / Boston Public Library / https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:ww72cb78j

metamorphosis (noun)  me-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs 
1a: change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means
the metamorphosis of humans into animals

1b: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances
The company has gone through a series of metamorphoses.

2: a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (such as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching
the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metamorphosis

1. The Metamorphosis of Daphne by Master of the Judgement of Paris (active mid-15th C)
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/master-of-the-judgement-of-paris
Tempera on wood / The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-metamorphosis-of-daphne-33148

2. The Metamorphosis of Hermaphrodite and Salmacis, c.1517, by Jan Gossaert (c.1478–1532)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Gossaert
Oil on panel / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
https://www.boijmans.nl/en/collection/artworks/3731/the-metamorphosis-of-hermaphrodite-and-salmacis

3. Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719, by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/maria-sibylla-merian-metamorphosis-art-and-science.html
Hand-colored engraving on paper / National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC
https://nmwa.org/art/collection/plate-5-dissertation-insect-generations-and-metamorphosis-surinam/

4. Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide, before 1886, by Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
https://rodinmuseum.org/collection/about-auguste-rodin
Plaster / Musée Rodin, Paris, France
https://collections.musee-rodin.fr/fr/museum/rodin/les-metamorphoses-d-ovide/S.02871?anneeDeCreation%5B0%5D=1886&position=91

5. Metamorphosis, 1908, by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/piet-mondrian
Oil on canvas / Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, gift of Sal Slijper
https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/268881

6. Metamorphosis, 1917, by Gaganendranath Tagore (1867—1938)
https://indianhistorycollective.com/the-satirical-genius-of-gaganendranath-tagore-artistic-indianart-bengals-peasantryclass-cartoons-painting-master/
Collection of 16 lithographs bound in one volume / Various collections incl. V&A, London, UK
https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1171926/metamorphosis-lithograph-tagore-gaganendranath/

7. Metamorphosis, 1936, by Herbert Bayer (1900-1985)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Bayer
Gelatin silver print / Various collections including The Met, NYC
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/265442

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Monday, February 6: Metamorphosis in Art, Part 2 of 2

Metamorphosis III, 1967–1968, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) / https://mcescher.com/about/biography/
Woodcut on paper mounted on canvas, partly colored by hand / Boston Public Library
https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:ww72cb78j

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.”
~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum_officinale

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
https://frenchly.us/art-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
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/823979

2. A Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) with a Tiger Moth, a Butterfly, a Snail, and a Beetle, c.1730, by Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Regina_Dietzsch
Opaque watercolor on parchment / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
https://www.famsf.org/artworks/a-dandelion-taraxacum-officinale-with-a-tiger-moth-a-butterfly-a-snail-and-a-beetle

3. Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 3: Sparrows and Dandelions, c.1820 by Teisai Hokuba (1771-1844)
https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/term/BIOG1797
Privately published woodblock prints (surimono) mounted in an album; ink and color on paper / The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/54148

4. Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale), c. 1854, by Anna Atkins (1799-1871)
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/03/16/anna-atkins-born-march-16-1799/
Cyanotype on paper / Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O82810/dandelion-taraxacum-officinale-photograph-atkins-anna/

5. Dandelion Seeds, 1858 or later, by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Fox_Talbot
Photogravure / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/285342

6. Dandelions, 1867–68, by Jean-François Millet (1814–1875)
https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.1720.html
Pastel on tan wove paper / Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
https://collections.mfa.org/objects/31640/dandelions?ctx=b188ba7b-3b8e-411d-85c1-9bd17545e848&idx=0

7. Tree trunks in the grass, 1890, by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/art-and-stories/vincents-life-1853-1890
Oil on canvas / Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
https://krollermuller.nl/en/vincent-van-gogh-tree-trunks-in-the-grass

8. Dandelions, ND, by Bertha Wegmann (1847-1926)
https://www.portraitsociety.org/single-post/an-introduction-to-bertha-wegmann
Oil on canvas / Private collection
https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/british-european-art-online/bertha-wegmann-danish-1847-1926-108/171771

9. Dandelions, c.1900, by Ludwik Stasiak (1858-1924)
https://rkd.nl/en/explore/artists/124863
Oil on canvas / Stanisław Fischer Museum, Bochnia, Poland
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ludwik_Stasiak_-_Dmuchawce.jpg
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Monday, January 23rd: Dandelions in Art, Part 2 of 2
https://schristywolfe.com/2023/01/23/dandelions-in-art-part-2-of-2/

Autoportrait Day 314~ Erica Deeman

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

British (active in USA) interdisciplinary artist
Erica Deeman (born 1977)

1. Untitled 11 (Self Portrait), 2020 / Cassius Obsidian clay / Image: Anthony Meier Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2. Untitled 14 (Self Portrait), 2020 / Cassius Obsidian clay / Image: Anthony Meier Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

3. Self Portrait #2, 2020 / Instax film / The Svane Family Foundation, San Francisco, CA

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Autoportrait Day 310~ Heather Agyepong

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

British Ghanaian visual artist and performer
Heather Agyepong (born 1990)

Wish You Were Here (1. Le Cake-Walk: Rob This England), 2020
C-Type color print on Hahnemühle paper / Part of a limited edition set of 10

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Autoportrait Day 296~ Sylvia Salazar Simpson

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

Installation artist, book artist, and photographer
Sylvia Salazar Simpson (born 1939)

Antes-Después (Before-After), 1981 / Four color photographs / Private collection

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Autoportrait Day 287~ Mattie Gunterman

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

Canadian photographer and mining camp cook
Ida Madeline “Mattie” Gunterman (1872-1945)

1. Self-Portrait by a tree, 1899 / Silver gelatin print / Collection of Henri Robideau

2. Three poses, c.1900 / From glass plate negative / Vancouver Public Library, British Columbia, Canada

3. Mattie Gunterman riding her horse Nellie, 1905 / From glass plate negative / Vancouver Public Library, British Columbia, Canada

4. Mattie Gunterman with a rifle and holding a grouse, c.1907 / From glass plate negative / Vancouver Public Library, British Columbia, Canada

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Autoportrait Day 278~ Maud Sulter

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

Scottish artist, photographer, writer, and
feminist activist Maud Sulter (1960-2008)

1. Calliope from Zabat series, 1989 / Dye destruction print / Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2. Hysteria from Hysteria installation, 1991 / Black and white
photographic print / Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

3. Les Bijoux I from Les Bijoux series, 2002 / Polaroid print on paper / Tate, London, UK

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Autoportrait Day 266~ Rineke Dijkstra

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

Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959)

Self-Portrait, Marnixbad, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 19, 1991; 1991
Chromogenic print / Various collections, including the National Gallery of Art, DC

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Autoportrait Day 256~ Hannah Maynard

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

Canadian photographer Hannah Maynard (1834-1918)

Self-portrait with multiple exposures, c.1893 / Modern print from original glass negative
Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada

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Hannah Maynard: “The Most Surreal Pictures in the Victorian World”
https://www.capitaldaily.ca/news/hannah-maynard-photography-victoria-surreal