Friday, March 08, 2013

Who painted this? #19

Your art history challenge this week is to identify this painting of various cats in different feline postures - see how many you recognise!

Do you think this artist owned a cat and/or is a cat lover?

Who painted this? #19
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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
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  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
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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 #18 - The Answer

  • Title of the artworkVase of Roses
  • Name of the artist who created this artworkHenri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)
  • Date it was created: 1875
  • Media used: oil on canvas, 
  • Where it lives now: painting in private collection: Julian and Josie Robertson

Vase des roses (1875)
Henri Fantin-Latour
It's slightly debateable where this painting is right now as it forms part of the collection of Julian and Jose Robertson, is promised as a bequest to the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand but at present still forms part of the collection.  As such it could be in New York - or New Zealand where they live for part of every year.

It was exhibited in an exhibition of the works contained in the bequest at the Auckland Gallery in 2011.
In May 2009 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki announced a promised gift of 15 works of art through its Foundation, including paintings by C├ęzanne, Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin and Mondrian - the largest gift ever made to an art museum in Australasia.
The gift, from New York art collectors and philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson, represents some of the major European artists of the modern era. Its cultural value places it among the most generous philanthropic acts in New Zealand history.
Note:  Julian Robertson is one of the original and a legendary Hedge Fund Manager with a net worth of $2.8 billion.  He and his wife are also generous philanthropists and have extensive connections with New Zealand where they live for part of every year - hence the bequest to the Auckland Gallery.

You can find examples of Fantin-Latour's paintings in an awful lot of galleries.
The correct answers

Rather more people got this answer correct this week!

The first person to get the correct answer this week was Roger Brown (Art Of The Wild by Roger Brown)

Others who got the answer correct were as follows (in order):
There's a little Henri Fantin-Latour still-life that's so modest and satisfyingly painted I'd love to wake up to it each day.
Others also got the artist or some but not all of the information.

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