Friday, January 29, 2016

Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard


January published in London by W. Belch, c 1810.


Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - 1930s Depression New York City's Greenwich Village in the Snow


Beulah R. Bettersworth (American artist, 1894-1964) Christopher Street Greenwich Village, 1934

A wintry corner of Greenwich Village as artist Beulah Bettersworth knew it, when she and her husband lived at 95 Christopher Street, just a block away. Closely observed details draw the viewer into the painting to join Bettersworth’s 1934 neighbors hurrying through the slushy snow & catching a whiff of tobacco from the cigar store in the foreground. Snow melts from the roof of St. Veronica’s Catholic Church, whose towers are visible behind the Ninth Avenue “L” station. The elevated train station had been an elegant Victorian adaptation of a Swiss chalet, when it was built in 1867; but by Bettersworth’s time it was an aging relic soon to be torn down. Like the rusting “L,” the famous bohemian artistic colony that had enlivened Greenwich Village in the early 20th century had faded as the decades passed. Yet artists like Bettersworth still found homes there; and with the advent of the Great Depression, low rents attracted a new generation of poverty-stricken young poets & painters to the Village’s storied garrets.

From The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - Snow by Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin 1848-1903


Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Breton Village in the Snow



Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Snow at Rue Carcel



Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Village in the Snow


Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Paris in the Snow



Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Suburb under Snow


Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). The Seine Pont Diena


Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Pont Aven in the Snow



Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) Garden under Snow


Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - Snow by Kazimor Malevich 1878-1935

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Kazimor Malevich (Russian artist, 1878-1935) Morning in the Village after a Snowstorm 1912
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Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - A Bronte Poem about Snow


Robert Vonnoh (American painter, 1858-1933) Teacher Going Home


Spellbound
by Emily Brontë

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing dear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - Snow in Boston & NYC by Arthur Clifton Goodwin 1864-1929


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Looking Down Tremont, Boston


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) A View of the Plaza from Central Park, New York City


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) The Wharf and Custom House Tower, ca. 1915


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Busy Winter Day, Tremont and Park Streets, Boston


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Copley Square, Boston 1908


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Copley Square, Boston


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Misty Winter Morning


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Tremont Street, Boston, 1911


Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American artist, 1864-1929) Park Street Church in Winter



Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - Snow in NYC by Guy Carleton Wiggins 1883-1962



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) 5th Avenue Snow Storm

American artist Guy Carleton Wiggins became famous for his paintings of New York City's snowy streets, landmarks & towering skyscrapers during winter. Wiggins was born into an artistic family; his father Carleton Wiggins was an accomplished artist who gave his son his first training as a painter. Later he enrolled in architectural school, but changed direction by entering the National Academy of Design to study painting. His teachers at the academy were William Merritt Chase & Robert Henri. He became one of the youngest members of the Lyme Art Colony of Old Lyme, Connecticut, painting alongside his father, Carleton, Childe Hassam, & Frank Vincent DuMond.

Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Snow Scene with Horses and Carriages



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Columbus Circle 1936



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) The New York Stock Exchange



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Washington Square



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Union Square in Winter



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) New York in the Snow 1959



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) A Winter Night in New York



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) City Hall Park in New York City



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) First Snowfall of the Season-Union Square



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) New York City in the Snow



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) New York in the Snow



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) New York in the Snow



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) New York in the Snow



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Winter at the Plaza



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Trinity Church on Wall Street



Guy Carleton Wiggins (American artist, 1883-1962) Washington's Birthday on Wall Street


Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - Blue snow by Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932)


Walter Launt Palmer (American painter, 1854-1932) Albany in Snow 1871


Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - The East Coast Great Blizzard of 1888




The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11-14, 1888) was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, & Connecticut, with sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet. 



Roads were impassable, railroads were shut down, & people were confined to their houses for up to a week.  The New York Stock Exchange was closed for two days.  



Fire stations were immobilized.  Property loss from fire alone was estimated at $25 million.  



Severe flooding occurred after the storm due to melting snow.  More than 400 people died from the storm & the ensuing cold, including 200 in New York City alone.



See FineArtAmerica.com for prints of these colored newspaper images from the period.


Still digging out of our 30" Blizzard - Snow in NYC by William James Glackens (1870-1938)



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) Central Park in Winter, 1905

William James Glackens (1870-1938) was an American realist painter & one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art.  His dark-hued, vibrantly painted street scenes & depictions of daily life in pre-WW I New York & Paris first established his reputation as a major artist. His later work was brighter in tone reflecting influence of Renoir. During much of his career as a painter, Glackens also worked as an illustrator for newspapers & magazines in Philadelphia & New York City.



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) Central Park Sledding 1911



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) Descending from the Bus, 1910



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) In Central Park c. 1905



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) Skating in Central Park, 1910



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) The Green Car, 1910



 William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) Winter-Washington Square Park 1910



William James Glackens (American artist, 1870-1938) Central Park