Friday, November 09, 2012

Who painted this? #3

This week's "Who painted this?" is influenced by the announcement of The Derwent Art Prize - as this work would qualify - if the painter were still alive and this work had been produced in the last three years!

Who Painted This #3
If you want to play the game: the rules are:
  1. You need to leave your answer as a comment on this blog.  Howls of frustration can also be left while you try and work it out.......
  2. In your comment, you must tell me ALL of the following:
    • the title of the artwork
    • the name of the artist
    • the date it was created
    • the media used
    • where it lives now
    • how you know all this eg how did you do your search (note 3 below)
  3. This is about using brains not technology - so please do not "cheat".
    • PLEASE do NOT use any of the "image matching" technology which exists (eg Chrome or Tineye) - that's just plain lazy! My suspicions will be raised by those who appear to know the answer a bit too quickly!
    • You may use Google or any other search engine to search on WORDS in databases of images. 
  4. If you're not getting anywhere in the first 24 hours I'll leave a clue as a comment on the post.
The person who in my judgement is the first person to get to the answer by fair means will get a mention in my very popular weekly blog post - along with a link to their website or blog or both.

NEW THIS WEEK:  Please note I'll be reading but won't be publishing any of the comments until somebody gets it - unless it's a howl and/or the wrong answer!

Who painted this? #2 - The Answer

The answer is:
  • the title of the artwork - Gourds (click the link to see a larger version)
  • the name of the artist - John Singer Sargent
  • the date it was created - 1908
  • the media used - Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on white, thick, rough-textured, wove paper (13 13/16 x 19 11/16 in. / 35.1 x 50.0 cm)
  • where it lives now - Brooklyn Museum, New York
Gourds, one of over forty Sargent watercolors in the Museum's collection, demonstrates his virtuosity. In this image of the lush vegetation he encountered on the Mediterranean island of Majorca, Sargent combined vivid colors, bravura brushwork, and a range of watercolor techniques (including transparent and opaque washes, impasto touches, and leaving areas of the paper blank) to create a composition of stunning immediacy and visual richness.
The person who complied with ALL the rules was David Teter (Avid Art).

It would have been Robyn Sinclair (Have Dogs, Will Travel) if she'd just remembered to say where it is now! ;)

I do love the way that Blogger lines up all your answers in date order so I don't have any problem spotting who's the winner.


  1. Interesting. Some Van Gogh style energetic marks and something about it feels like Monet. So I'm intrigued.

  2. I see you've got the measure of the new comments policy!

    1. I'm trying to behave myself. :)

    2. You mean not giving the answers to others before you've worked out all the bits for yourself? :)
      You were so very close last week!

  3. I have been searching everywhere but I can't find anything,although I have discovered other great pencil artists, anyway am having fun!

  4. I would say its Monet and its done in pastel, probably around 1920...I'll guess its called Moorland....and lives in New York !

  5. My first impression was Van Gogh. As for meeting the other criteria...I am a blob.

  6. Hi Katherine,
    Thanks for the mention...
    This one is a little tougher. It looks vaguely familiar which means I have seen it over the years just not a lot.
    My first thoughts were an impressionist like Sisley or Pissarro but could not find this painting from either...

    Your clue of Derwent Art Prize might mean the artist is also known for pencils...
    Still pondering...

  7. I know I've seen it in one of my books. I'm guessing it's by an American impressionist.

  8. I'm thinking Berthe Morisot , 1890's , pastel , Marshland ? I did think Vuillard too , but it seems too strong in colour .

  9. I thought Van Gogh, too, but there wasn't enough impasto. Ahh, but that light is gorgeous!!

  10. The drawing seems to have been done on coloured,or tinted paper.Not a hundred percent sure what the medium is,to me it looks like a mixture of pencil and pastel?It has a real impressionist feel to it,but somehow I feel that it comes from a more modern period of time,maybe between 1900-1940. Anyway thats just my wild guess.

  11. I'll confirm what medium it is 24 hours after publication ie at 3pm this afternoon GMT

    Plus I'll I'll also give you a clue about period and style

  12. My first thoughts were impressionist too, Sisley or Monet or even Van Gogh although you say it isn't the last two. In order to qualify for the Derwent Art Prize it has to have been done in some sort of pencil so 1920's onwards? You also imply that the artist is no longer living and that it is more than 3 years old. Still no nearer to knowing who it's by though!

  13. I take my chance…
    A pastel by Gustave Caillebotte ?
    Maybe around 1877-1880 ? Perhaps painted around Gennevilliers (where he lived), Argenteuil or the Yerres valley (where he did some of his landscapes) ? Morisot could have also been my choice.
    Nice way to look at and play, though. JBP

  14. Sorry for that addendum: the touch suddenly made me think to Toulouse-Lautrec. In pastel with some gouache…
    I promise, I'll stay quiet now until the answer :-)

  15. It looks like pastel to me. First thought Sisley 2nd thought Berthe Morrisot but both have been ruled out, now stumped.

  16. OK - as you're getting warm but not getting there I'll give you one fact and one clue

    The work is in pastel

    The work is by a well known Impressionist painter - who is not French.

    If you know that and look at the subject, the style and the palette for long enough you'll get it.

  17. I am almost sure it is a William Merrit Chase pastel drawing/painting and I've looked and looked but can't find it, not everything is online.
    He had others that are sooo close in style and look to this one...

  18. Is it American, Garber or Metcalf? I'm not sure if they used pastels though.

  19. It reminds me a little of Chase William Merritt an American Impressionist who lived during 1849-1916,however none of his pastel marks are this sharp or crisp.

  20. I am guessing it is William Merritt Chase, but then again I cannot find this picture, so I suppose its not....
    I was thinking 'not French', other country produced well known impressionists?

  21. My last thought (guess) Mary Cassatt. Now idea what it might be called or where it is. I'd have to Google for that, so I'll keep quiet until all is revealed.
    This is such fun!

  22. It looks like Willard Metcalf to me. I knew it was pastel immediately but I can't seem to find that specific painting. Many that look like it though!

  23. OK - another clue from me.

    This well known American artist is known to have completed a number of artworks in pastel - although is not known as a pastel artist since it was very much a subsidiary medium

    1. It's The Concorde Meadow by Frederick Childe Hassam, 1891, gouache and pastel and is now in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. I finally got there by making a list of American Impressionists and searching various sites, Google and Bing, finally google art project came up with the goods. I am now cross eyed but have learned a lot about American Impressionists!

  24. I first thought Winslow Homer, it seems to remind me of his watercolors. But I can't find it. I did find a couple of Childe Hassam pieces that seemed very similar, but again I can't find it. It sure is fun to search throu drawings though

  25. I knew this was an American Impressionist and I know I have seen the work before. Looking at the marks the first name that came to me was Childe Hassam. Then I look at John Twachtman and his marks are somewhat similar ... if I had to choose it would Hassam because he painted California and his hillsides are rendered somewhat similarly whereas Twachtman painted the east side of America. That's my final answer as this is driving me nuts!!!

  26. Judging by the style and colour pallet of the pastel drawing (Colonial Graveyard at Lexington drawn in 1891)I think the artist is Frederick Childe Hassam.

  27. I'm now getting the right answer to who is the artist.

    However don't forget that to win you have to provide all the answers to the question

    All correct guesses of who is the artist will be published on Friday

  28. This is not J.Alden Weir.

    In fact none of the names identified in these comments are the artist! :)

  29. I'm beginning to think the answer is not even an impressionist or post impressionist as we all think.
    Could it be more recent than (approximately) 1880-1930 but looks like it is from then?

    C'mon you guys... we can't let Katherine stump ALL of us! Someone must get it!

    Not saying this is who it is but even Picasso did representational/academic work before what he was known for.

    Maybe we need to think 'outside the picture frame'.
    just saying...

  30. David - So far I have four people who have named the artist correctly - but their comments are not yet published. I'm only publishing the names of those who guess the wrong artist.

    Their comments on my blog - and the name of the artist - will be published on Friday and then we'll see who (if any) have got ALL the details correct (in Who Painted This? #4).

    Sounds like some of you have been having a lot of fun in working out who it is!

    1. Which basically means if you've not had a comment published then you got the name of the artist right - but you didn't necessarily get it all right!

    2. Good to hear some are getting it, I am stumped on this one and yet it is so familiar!

      Fun is a good challenge. I like your "Who Painted this?". Its like those pop quiz's we used to get in school.

      I may still get it before Friday, for now, off to bed.

  31. My word you sure know how to make us work!I have been painfully searching hundreds of online museums and gallery's one by one.It was fun though and have learnt enough about this artist to write a book about him!

    The title is The Concord Meadow,by Childe Hassam,done in 1891,Pastel and gouache on canvas and I think it is at the Nelsons Atkins Museum of Art but not on view.

  32. I have just happened upon your site and want to go through all your post. I love what your started. Found this after I read through all the responses.


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