June 8~ Pride Month

Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire

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In Gertrude Stein’s prose poem, “Miss Furr and Miss Skeene”…
she celebrates the lives of two American expatriate artists living together in France at the beginning of the twentieth century. Stein identified the subjects of the work as Cincinnati artists <<<Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire>>> Mars and Squire met while attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the 1890s. This marked the beginning of a relationship that would last a lifetime. ~Cincinnati Art Museum

Street Scene, Provincetown by Ethel Mars
c.1919 / White-line color woodcut / Private collection















Bathers, Provincetown by Maud Hunt Squire
c.1914-1919 / Color woodcut on ivory Japanese paper / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

June 7~ Pride Month

Ethel Sands and Anna Hope Hudson

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Inseparable soon after meeting, Hudson and Sands quickly became close companions. However, they preferred very different ways of life. While Sands was sociable and felt naturally more connected to England, Hudson preferred Paris or the quiet French countryside. In the end, the two women lived and travelled between the two countries for the rest of their lives.
~Art UK


Nan Hudson Playing Patience at Auppegard, France by Ethel Sands
n.d. / Oil on canvas / Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK


















Chateau d’Auppegard by Anna Hope Hudson
After 1927 / Oil paint on board / Tate Britain, London, UK

June 6~ Pride Month

Frances Benjamin Johnston and Mattie Edwards Hewitt

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Around the time she turned thirty, Fannie met Mattie Edwards Hewitt, the then-wife of the St. Louis photographer Arthur Hewitt — a marriage the arrangements of which remain unclear, but appear to have been largely for practical purposes. Mattie worked in her husband’s darkroom and was herself passionate about photography, so when Johnston first encountered Hewitt’s work, she was impressed and complimented it effusively. This mutuality of creative admiration soon blossomed into romantic love… ~brainpickings.org/



Puritan Simplicity in the Loomis Chapel by Mattie Edwards Hewitt
c.1917 / Gelatin silver print / New York Public Library Prints & Photographs





Albert Herter house, Georgica Pond, East Hampton, New York
by Johnston-Hewitt Studio
1913 / Digital file from original gelatin silver print

June 4~ Pride Month

Maria Dulębianka and Maria Konopnicka

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In 1889, <<<[Dulębianka] met Maria Konopnicka>>>, a mother of eight children and a writer, who was living independently and separated from her husband, Jarosław Konopnicki. Dulębianka was almost 30 at the time, and Konopnicka was 19 years her senior. The two became inseparable and from the time of their meeting, Konopnicka became the main subject of Dulębianka’s paintings…Dulębianka died on 7 March 1919 in Lviv and was buried in Konopnicka’s tomb in Lychakiv Cemetery…[her] remains were later re-interred in a separate grave. ~Wikipedia

Portrait of Maria Konopnicka by Maria Dulębianka
Before 1896 / Oil on canvas / National Museum in Warsaw, Poland

June 3~ Pride Month

Louise Catherine Breslau and Madeleine Zillhardt

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< <<Madeleine Zillhardt was a French artist, writer, decorator and painter. Her life and her career are linked to another artist, the German-Swiss painter Louise Catherine Breslau >>>, of whom she was the companion, the muse and the inspirer. They lived together for more than forty years… ~Wikipedia

La Vie Pensive by Louise Breslau
1908 / Oil on canvas / Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Place Louise-Catherine-Breslau-et-Madeleine-Zillhardt is situated in the 6th arrondissement of Paris…named in memory of German paintor Louise Catherine Breslau and French writer [and artist] Madeleine Zillhardt, by vote of the Council of Paris. ~Wikipedia

June 2~ Pride Month

Nathalie Micas and Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke

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The most popular artist of nineteenth-century France, Rosa Bonheur was also one of the first renowned painters of animals and the first woman awarded the Grand Cross by the French Legion of Honor. A professional artist with a successful career, Bonheur lived in two consecutive committed relationships with women.~ringlingdocents.org

Rosa Bonheur lived for over forty years with her childhood friend Nathalie Micas (1824-1889.) In the final year of her life she became close with [painter] Anna Klumpke (1856-1942), the author of her “autobiography.” Bonheur, Micas, and Klumpke are buried together at Père Lachaise Cemetery. ~findagrave.com


Normandy landscape with grazing sheep by Nathalie Micas
1874 / Oil on canvas / Private collection






The Horse Fair by Nathalie Micas (possibly) and Rosa Bonheur
1855 / Oil on canvas / The National Gallery, London, UK

Rosa Bonheur’s original version of The Horse Fair (now in the The Met in NY) was four times the size of the National Gallery picture, painted when the work of women artists was largely disregarded by critics. It caused a sensation at the 1853 Paris Salon, toured Britain and the US and brought Bonheur international fame. This smaller autograph version was painted to facilitate the making of prints for sale during the tour. ~The Horse Fair, The National Gallery

Rosa Bonheur by Anna Klumpke
1898 / Oil on canvas / Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY
The Portrait That Forged a “Divine Marriage” Between Two 19th-Century Women Painters~

June 1~ Pride Month

Ellen Day Hale and Gabrielle D. Clements

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In 1884, Clements traveled abroad to Paris to study at the Academie Julian where she was joined in 1885 by fellow painter and future lifelong companion Ellen Day Hale…
Clements and Hale frequently traveled abroad, visiting France, Italy, Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, and spent summers at “The Thickets,” the house they purchased in the artists’ colony at Folly Cove.
~Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C

Portrait of a woman, said to be Gabrielle de Veaux Clements, by Ellen Day Hale (seen in photo above, left)
1883 / Pencil, charcoal and white chalk on paper / High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
















Avenue Bridge, Baltimore by Gabrielle de Veaux Clements (seen in photo above, right)
1927 / Etching on paper / Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C

National Photography Month~ May 31

The False Hellebore by Imogen Cunningham

1926 / Gelatin silver print / 8 3/4″x9″ / Imogen Cunningham Archives, Imogen Cunningham Trust, Berkeley, CA

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In 1932, with this unsentimental, straightforward approach in mind, Cunningham became one of the co-founders of the Group f/64, which aimed to “define photography as an art form by a simple and direct presentation through purely photographic methods”. ~Lumière On Line

National Photography Month~ May 30

Brother William of the Shaker Settlement, Mount Lebanon, NY
by Doris Ulmann

c.1925-1927 / Platinum print / 8 1/16″x6″
Various collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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Her photographs helped change the way we perceive and therefore represent the people she photographed, from quaint, picturesque peasants to individuals with dignity and purpose in the modern world. ~Prints & Photographs Reading Room, LOC

National Photography Month~ May 29

The Grape-Vine Swing by Mary Morgan Keipp

c.1900-1904 / Platinum print / Image: 8 1/4″x6 1/4″ / Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC

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Because her photographic activity was not reported in Selma newspapers and was completely unknown outside her family at her death, her images were apparently not intended to influence Alabamians’ ideas about race and culture. Instead, they are most appropriately viewed as Keipp’s personal appreciation of rural and small-town Alabama life and a means of artistic and perhaps social discovery.
~Encyclopedia of Alabama