Metamorphosis in Art, Part 1 of 2~

Metamorphosis II, 1939-1940, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) /
Woodcut on paper / Boston Public Library /

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

1. The Metamorphosis of Daphne by Master of the Judgement of Paris (active mid-15th C)
Tempera on wood / The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

2. The Metamorphosis of Hermaphrodite and Salmacis, c.1517, by Jan Gossaert (c.1478–1532)
Oil on panel / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

3. Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719, by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Hand-colored engraving on paper / National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

4. Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide, before 1886, by Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
Plaster / Musée Rodin, Paris, France

5. Metamorphosis, 1908, by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
Oil on canvas / Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, gift of Sal Slijper

6. Metamorphosis, 1917, by Gaganendranath Tagore (1867—1938)
Collection of 16 lithographs bound in one volume / Various collections incl. V&A, London, UK

7. Metamorphosis, 1936, by Herbert Bayer (1900-1985)
Gelatin silver print / Various collections including The Met, NYC

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

Metamorphosis III, 1967–1968, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) /
Woodcut on paper mounted on canvas, partly colored by hand / Boston Public Library

Autoportrait Day 318~ Dindga McCannon

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

Artist, educator, author, and illustrator Dindga McCannon (born 1947)

Threads of the Past, Inspiration for the Future, 2000 / Mixed media quilt / Fridman Gallery, NYC

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Dandelions in Art, Part 2 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 Dandelion

O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time,
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears,
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be
Like fate’s triumphant shears.
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o’er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.
~Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

10. Happy, Happy It Is To Be, illustration by Dorothy Pulis Lathrop (1891-1980)
From Walter de la Mare’s Down-Adown-Derry, published 1922, Constable & Co. Ltd, London

11. “Certainly, I am a little wild,” remarked Danny Dandelion, illustration by T. Benjamin Faucett (1884-1966)
From Frolicsome Flowers:They See the Wonderful Rajah Rug, written and illustrated by
T. Benjamin Faucett, published 1924, A. L. Burt, New York

12. The Dandelion (Study for Hide-and-Seek), 1939, by Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
Gouache and watercolor on colored paper / Museum of Modern Art, NYC

13. Une Costume ‘Pisenlit’ pour le ballet ‘Tristan Fou, 1944, by Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
Mixed media and collage on paper / Private collection

14. Dandelions, 1945, by Kate Neufeld (1905-2004)
Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online~
Linoleum cut / Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

15. Dandelions, 1985, by Yayoi Kusama (born 1929)
Lithograph / Edition of 100, Various collections

16. Dandelion Floor Lamp, 2003, by Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti
Varnished sheet metal and polycarbonate / Museum of Modern Art, NYC

17. Dandelion Eye, 2009, by Sylvia Fein (born 1919)
Egg tempera on board / Collection of the artist

18. Dandelions, 2011, by David Hockney (born 1937)
iPad drawing printed on paper / Archeus/Post-Modern Ltd., London, UK

Monday, January 16th: Dandelions in Art, Part 1 of 2


Autoportrait Day 313~ Wanda Gág

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

American artist, printmaker, illustrator, author, and translator
Wanda Hazel Gág (1893-1946)

1. Self-Portrait in a Three-Way Mirror, ND / Graphite and black crayon / Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

2. Self-Portrait, 1914 / Charcoal and chalk / Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

3. Self-Portrait, 1915 / Pastel and charcoal / Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

4. Self-Portrait in Dresser Mirror: Cream Hill, 1930 / Brush and black ink / Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

5. Self-Portrait, 1943 / Linocut / Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

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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 281~ Chila Kumari Burman

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

British multimedia artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE (1957)

1. Self-portrait in Pigtails, 2017 / Mixed media / Artist’s collection

2. Auto-Portrait, 1996-2013 / Inkjet on canvas / Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA, London, UK

3. 28 Positions in 34 years, 1992 / Color laser print on paper / Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

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Autoportrait Day 279~ Virginia A. Myers

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

American artist and inventor Virginia A. Myers (1927-2015)

Self Portrait with a Hat, c.1960-1970 / Drypoint / The University of Iowa, Iowa City

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Autoportrait Day 208~ Joni Mitchell

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

Singer, songwriter, and visual artist Joni Mitchell (born 1943)

1. Self portrait, 1969 / Gouache / Cover for Clouds, 1969, Reprise Records

2. Self portrait, c.1971 / Watercolor / Handbound book, original edition of 100 copies
Printed as Morning Glory On The Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, in 2019

3. Self portrait, 1981 / Limited edition offset lithograph print
Image from cover art for Wild Things Run Fast, 1982, Geffen Records

4. Both Sides 1, 1999 / Oil on canvas / Front cover of Both Sides Now, 2000, Reprise

5. Both Sides 2, 1999 / Oil on canvas / Back cover of Both Sides Now, 2000, Reprise

6. Self portrait, 2004 / Oil on canvas / Cover for Dreamland, 2004, Rhino

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