Woman’s Art

The song of the lark

More Sophie Anderson.


There is a certain sameness to these pictures. The hair, the blood beneath the skin, the clothes are in great detail. There are flowers. The face is in half-profile, and describing the features- how wide the eyes, where looking, lips together with corners turned up or down- would show little variation.

Portrait of a young Girl

And- I find these faces English in intensity of emotion and depth of reserve. I know their feeling is deep, and have hints of what it is.

Sophie Anderson Birdsong

Some variation: here are two women together, and even children.

When The Heart Is Young

15 thoughts on “Woman’s Art

  1. Interesting choice. Why her? I criticized that Waldemar man, so I won’t play the art-snob now. But what got your attention?
    I see superb skill and the potential for greatness, but a lack of self-confidence that stops her from taking the next step. From making a statement. Or is what you like that she’s resigned to not making a statement?


    • Why her? I illustrate every post, I wrote “Come from Love” and thought, pre-Raphaelite. On my usual source I found a female artist, other than Evelyn de Morgan. Oh, do play the art snob. I love to get people talking of what they know.

      I thought she was saccharine, yet I see something else in her. Knowing nothing of her, I imagine she made a good living and the saccharine was what sold.

      Perhaps, her statement is my statement. That extreme femininity of the first picture- my femininity is that extreme, and it gets knocked a bit, and mocked a bit, and I love her putting it out there like that. On the wider question of why all famous composers are men- it’s six in the morning.


      • Her skill is beyond question. The differences in the first three paintings is almost absurd. #1 looks German or Austrian. I think she was trying to emulate Waldmuller. She looks like the girl to go with his portrait of Grafen Demetrios Apraxin.
        The second is trying to be pre-Raphaelite. Like she’s looking through a vaseline coated lens. But her choices of what’s sharp and what’s in a haze don’t look quite right.
        The third is an interesting rip on religious portraits. Give the girl a halo and it’s a saint. It’s a cross between Gentileschi’s Saint Catherine and Filippo Agricola’s.
        The last two look Italian Belle Epoque (what they call Liberty). Generic and bucolic neo-classicism.
        It seems like she’s experimenting with other artist’s styles trying to find her own, but never quite getting there.


        • Ah. Waldmüller is another painter I had not come across. Thank you.

          As a wiki, Wikimedia Commons is uneven, and I wondered why they called her Pre-Raphaelite: now you mention it, I see that in the second. The flowers are the most sharp, in her hands and in her hair: possibly as a metaphor for the woman herself? Ephemeral, strong and fragile, beautiful-


    • Welcome, Chris, art blogger. Thank you.

      My theme, Nishita, is good for art because the column, 768 pixels or 1024 without the sidebar is the widest available, good for detail; though it makes it less accessible for mobile phones.

      That bronze in Virginia. I had to think, what else could it be? She turns to see someone she finds attractive, and lifts her thigh to attract attention to it, perhaps.


      • hi Clare, That bronze, Bianca #2 at the VMFA? Maybe she’s on the beach and a wave comes in over her towel and she doesn’t want to get wet. But I think it really is a fart joke because I don’t see anything there, hahahahahaha


  2. I am somewhat lost in the comments … as if I stepped into an insider’s club full of in-crowd jokes. I definite don’t understand what Chris is about at all. Hmm. I was going to say something about the ability of art to capture a simulacrum … the real thing but not. Paintings of this sort capture English women so much better than photos ever could. However, I fear I’m intruding into a party … and my invitation was somehow lost in the mail !


    • Here is Chris’s fart joke, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. I have only just noticed the dates on those posts, I thought him a new blogger. I mess about with art posts when I can’t be bothered writing five hundred words on anything, but with Pink sharing his expertise everything is alright. Everyone is welcome here, and you most especially.


  3. YES!! Thank you, Mme Clare. I had fun checking out the US versus the UK sites and comparing prices and delivery times. Good grief. XXX :-)) ♥


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