Friday, March 01, 2013

Who painted this? #18

OK after a spate of more difficult ones, I'm going to be kind!  So here are some white roses and I want to know who painted them - and a few other things. (see below)

Who painted this? #18
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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
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  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know
Who Painted This #17 - The Answer
Who painted this? #17
View of Greenock by Robert Salmon

Thyssen-Bornemisza collection
Here's a short extract of what is written about this painting in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection on the Museum's website (it's a translation)
Before moving to America, Salmon had lived in the Scottish port of Greenock, where he painted this landscape in 1816. This seaport, located east of Glasgow on the River Clyde, was a very beautiful area with many attractions for tourists and artists. In the foreground, before the panoramic landscape, genre is a bucolic scene showing a group of Washerwomen performing daily chores Their amid a clearing in the path. The backdrop is the town of Greenock, miniaturist rendered in detail, with its smoking chimneys and several boats moored at the harbor or sailing across the estuary with sails unfurled
    The correct answers

    The one and only person to provide the correct answer was Alyson Chump (The Chronicle of Wasted Time).

    Lots of wails and gnashing of teeth though! :)

    What do we know about the artist Robert Salmon?
    • He was a maritime artist - and you can see some of his paintings on Wikimedia Commons
    • he painted nearly 1,000 paintings and is considered by some to be one of the most important maritime painters in art history
    • Born 1778 in Whitehaven in Cumbria
    • In the UK he painted mainly in Greenock, Liverpool and other ports.
    • He emigrated to the USA in 1828 and became a prosperous Boston seascape painter.  he stayed until 1842 when he left and travelled to Italy.  It's unclear when he died.
    • Some websites highlight him as being influential in the development of marine art in the USA.  He is characterised by some as the father of American Luminism - ie depicting calm, reflective water and a soft, hazy sky.  While other websites about Luminism say nothing about him.
    He is widely considered the father of American Luminism with a style of painting that was to influence the likes of Fitz H. Lane, William Bradford and many other young New England artists of the nineteenth century.Artnet

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