Friday, December 07, 2012

Who Painted This? #7

This is the seventh "Who Painted This?" - except this week it's not a painting, it's a drawing.  Please read The Rules (below) for how to submit your answer.

Since you're all getting so good at googling words I thought I'd make it a bit more of a challenge by making the words rather more commonplace.  Which means looking at the mark-making and thinking about where you've seen this before!

I've no doubt somebody will get this one quickly - however it'll be interesting to see how many other people also get it and how they get there.

There is one big clue - but I'm not giving you that yet!

Who Drew This?

How to Participate in "Who Painted This? #7"

I'm very pleased to hear all about how much you're enjoying the hunt and how much you're finding out en route.  That was always one of the intentions behind this challenge - firstly, to find out more about artists and artworks and secondly, to enjoy the process as well as find the answer.

PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.

THE RULES for participating in this challenge are as follows:


This is about using brains not technology - so please do not "cheat".  This is what you can and cannot do to search for the answer online
    • PLEASE do NOT use any of the "image matching" technology which exists(eg Chrome or Tineye) - that's just plain lazy and not the point of the challenge! My suspicions will be raised by those who appear to know the answer a bit too quickly and/or fail to identify themselves!
    • You can use search enquiries - using WORDS ONLY to search on Google or any other search engine or to interrogate databases of images
    • You can look at as many books or online art databases as you like!
  1. Do NOT leave the answer as a comment on Facebook.  If you do I will delete the comment and you will NOT be declared the winner.
  2. Leave your answer as a comment on this blog. (IF CORRECT IT WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED until just before the next challenge) 
    • You can leave a guess - and if I don't publish the name you know you're on the right lines even if you don't yet have all the details
    • Howls of frustration can also be left while you try and work it out....... 
  3. In your comment, for #7 you must tell me ALL of the following:
    • the title of the drawing
    • the name of the artist who drew this picture
    • the date it was created
    • the media used
    • where it lives now
    • how you know all this eg how did you do your search 
  4. The Winner! The first identifiable person (ie no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is the first person to get to the answer by fair means will get a mention and a link to their website or blog (or both) in:
    • my very popular weekly blog post "Who's made a mark this week?"
    • the post with next week's challenge.
Clues: I will leave a clue - as a comment on the post - if you're not not getting anywhere in the first 24 hours.

Publication - and non-publication - of answers / comments: Here's how the comments work:
  • All comments are moderated and I read ALL the comments prior to publication 
  • I do NOT publish the correct answers (in full or part) until a week later - assuming somebody actually gets the answer!  Which means if your comment is not published you know you could be on the right lines.  Plus it also means others can have the enjoyment of the challenge even if they are probably too late to win.
  • The comments are also published in the order they were left not the order that I open them - which means you can all see who got the right answer first and provided all the details.
  • Hence AFTER publication of this post and BEFORE the day of the publication of the next post (i.e. next Friday) I ONLY publish all the incorrect answers and all the howls of frustration! 

Who Painted This #6 - The Answer

A Cabbage Garden by Arthur Melville
The person who posted the correct answer first to Who painted this? #6 is Caroline in Adelaide, Australia who is into spinning and fibre crafts (Spinning down under)


Here are all the details I was after in the answer (except for those in brackets)
  1. Title of the artwork - A Cabbage Garden
  2. Name of the artist - Arthur Melville
  3. Date it was created: 1877
  4. Media used: Oil on canvas. Size 45.50 x 30.50 cm (Framed: 67.90 x 52.80 x 7.60 cm)
  5. Current Home:  Scottish National Gallery
This is what it says on the National Gallery page
In 1878, Melville he made his debut at the Royal Academy in London with ‘A Cabbage Garden’. This pioneering composition is believed to have inspired Guthrie’s ‘A Hind’s Daughter’ of 1883 (NG 2142). Melville’s painting also illustrates his awareness of other artistic groups in Europe such as the Barbizon and Hague school artists. The sale of Melville’s picture to the Lasswade paper manufacturer James Hunter Annandale partially financed the artist’s studies in Paris from 1878 to 1880.
I'm guessing that a lot of people may have started looking in the direction of Scotland having remembered a famous Glasgow Boys painting "A Hind's daughter' of a small girl standing in a field of cabbages.  However that painting was by Sir James Guthrie

Melville is the most superb watercolourist who first came to me attention in the exhibition at the Royal Academy Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880 – 1900 30 October 2010—23 January 2011. You can see more works by Arthur Melville in The Atheneaum database

Others who also got the answer correct in all respects are as follows - note the international flavour! 
I've decided to note the anonymous people who get it right - but you only get a link if you have a real live website or blog with content!