Wednesday, May 1, 2019
A Visit to Dayton Art Institute

Dayton Art Institute is a lovely museum, especially for a small city. They have many lovely pieces. The special exhibit "For America" featuring American artists is very special. I got lots of good photos. I kept hearing organ music, and eventually found its source. Theres an auditorium with an organ and a real live organist!

Mimi and Stuart Rose Auditorium, featuring a Skinner pipe organ that was installed when the museum was built in 1929

Matt Dierking from the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

It was lovely to sit there, listen and rest my sore feet!

I found some new additions for my various photo galleries.

Portrait of a Woman, 1872
Mary Cassatt, American, 1844-1926
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: "Mary Stevenson Cassatt"
Gift of Mr. Robert Badenhop, Dayton Art Institute #1955.67

(From info card)
"This portrait by Mary Cassatt reflects the influence of Italian Baroque painting on her early work, such as the golden light, earthy color paletter, and the figure's robust proportions. Painted while studying art in Parma, Italy, the style differs from her later Japanese-print inspired work, in which the forms are more linear and the space in which they appear becomes more flattened. The woman in this early work is volumetric. Cassatt carefully articulates the fullness of the woman's body and the gentle slope of her shoulders. Throughout Cassatt's artistic career, she depicted women and children affectionately and compassionately."

Rodin did a hand study that I rather suspect this piece inspired the Addam's family "Thing"

Hand of a Burgher of Calais, 1884-1886
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840-1917
Bronze with green patina
Museum purchase with funds provides by The Committee for the Blind, Dayton Art Institute #1971.263

"Perhaps the most widely acclaimed European sculptor of the 19th century, Rodin's style was so revolutionary and so life-like that he was frequently, albeit unjustly, accused of casting directly from live models. This over life-sized study of a hand is one of dozens he made in preparation for a monumental commission for the city of Calais, France. The finished work memorializes six leading citizens of Burghers who surrendered themselves to English invaders in order to spare their city further assault during the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453)." (From info card)

He also did a head study for his sculpture of Balzac.

Photos ©Joan Ann Lansberry 2019

I was delighted to add a Monet to my collection!

Waterlilies, 1903
Claude Monet, France, 1840 - 1926
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. Joseph Rubin (Dayton Art Institute, #1953.11

(From info card)
"Monetís painting is one of hundreds he did of his lush garden and lily pond surrounding his home in Giverny, some thirty miles outside Paris. After moving there in 1886 he gradually added plantings carefully designed so that some portions would be in bloom nearly year round. As his fame and popularity grew, he was able to acquire an additional strip of land in 1893 where he dammed a creek to make a pond. These gardens and the lily pond became the primary focus of his art for the last forty years of his life.

"Today it is sometimes hard to appreciate how radical the waterlily paintings were when Monet painted them. The pond and the lilies floating on it are seen from close to the waterís surface. While we instinctively know the water is parallel to the earth as it recedes away from us, we just as quickly accept Monetís depiction of it on the vertical plane of the canvas. And, as he did consistently throughout his remarkably productive career, Monet records with paint his careful observation of nature at differing times of day, here the reflections of trees and sky on the waterís surface. Commenting on Monetís keen powers of observation, fellow Impressionist Paul Cťzanne said, 'Monet is only an eye, but what an eye!'"

For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design features many portraits and there's a reason for this. In addition to donating one of their paintings, members of the Academy also had to submit a portrait of themselves which could either have been painted by their own hand or by another artist.

John Singer Sargent did a portrait of Claude Monet, the artist that painted the waterlilies:

Claude Monet, 1987
John Singer Sargent, Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England
Oil on canvas
National Academy diploma presentation, October 25, 1897

Two Idlers, 1988-89
Robert Frederick Blum, Cincinnati, OH 1857 - 1903 New York City
Oil on canvas
National Academy diploma presentation, March 26, 1894

"Two Idlers pictures the prominent painter William Jacob Baer and his musician wife, Laura Schenk, lounging at their home in Brick Church, New Jersey." (From info card)

This portrait was done in the same year as Blum's painting:

Charles Courtney Curran, 1988-89
William J. Whittemore, New York City - 1860 - 1955 East Hampton, NY
Oil on canvas
National Academy diploma presentation, May 6, 1889

The long lived Whittemore "Whittemore became an Associate at the National Academy of Design in 1897 and became a founding member of the American Society of Miniature Painters in 1899.[1] He won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900, the J.D. McCarthy Prize of the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters in 1934, and the medal of honor of the California Society of Miniature Painters in 1942." (Source: Wikipedia)

"Charles Curran's work is represented in numerous museum collections, and his outdoor paintings of youthful women have remained popular with individual collectors. It has been estimated that he produced more than 1500 pictures during his career. Besides oil paintings, these include watercolors and numerous illustrations for magazines in both color and black and white."

"Although Curran continued to paint until shortly before his death, he never accepted or practiced newer artistic styles that emerged in the U.S. after World War I. He remained active with a number of arts organizations, especially the National Academy of Design where he served as secretary for fifteen years. He also became a successful portrait artist after 1920. In addition, Curran and his wife were avid travelers, visiting Europe at least five times and even mainland China in 1936." (Source: Wikipedia)

I will share more photos of lovely artwork in the future!

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