Thursday, November 11, 2010

Daily inspiration 11.11.10

John Sargent-Carnation Lily Lily Rose
This picture by John Singer Sargent has the lovely title „Carnation, lily, lily, rose“. Since I first saw this in The Tate in London, I fell in love with it.
It reminds me of short stories by Katherine Mansfield and perfect childhood days. How blessed it must be to grow up in a huge garden, overboarding with flowers.

„The inspiration for this picture came during a boating expedition Sargent took on the Thames at Pangbourne in September 1885, with the American artist Edwin Austin Abbey, during which he saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. He began the picture while staying at the home of the painter F.D. Millet at Broadway, Worcestershire, shortly after his move to Britain from Paris. At first he used the Millets's five-year-old daughter Katharine as his model, but she was soon replaced by Polly and Dorothy (Dolly) Barnard, the daughters of the illustrator Frederick Barnard, because they had the exact haircolour Sargent was seeking. Dolly, aged eleven, is on the left; Polly, aged seven, is on the right.“

Read more about it here.


Quote: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. (Albert Camus)

1 comment:

  1. all of your inspiration is very ...... inspiring :)
    Lovely Autumn post ... I am happy that it seems to be lasting a nice long while here in Virginia with beautiful leaves still hanging on even though so many trees are bare already ... all showing off their beautiful branches!
    Happy rest of the art week to you!


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