Friday, June 28, 2013

Who painted this? #33

This week I've been looking at cityscapes.  A review of landscape painters from all over the world reveals that most painters do NOT paint urban landscapes with people!  Maybe LS Lowry ought to be revered a bit more for being a painter who unhesitatingly filled his paintings of the industrial north west with people!

Here's another painter who's not averse to peopling his cityscapes.  I've had to remove the signature.

Who painted this? #33

How to participate in "Who painted this? #33"

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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  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer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 #32 - The Answer

Self Portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Title of the artwork: Self-Portrait as a Lute Player
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Date it was created: 1615-1617
  • Media used: oil on canvas, 76.2 cm (30 in.), Width: 71.12 cm (28 in.)
  • Where it lives now: Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis
This was painted when Artemisia was approximately 24 years old.

No wonder she was considered to be one of the most accomplished portrait painters of the Baroque period after Caravaggio!

She's now thought of as one of the most progressive painters of her generation.

As one of the people who guessed correctly pointed out, she also appears rather proud of her embonpoint assets which feature in her self-portraits and paintings where she has used herself as a model.

Who guessed correct?

Congratulations to Bernadette Madden (Bernadette Madden) - who was the first to comment and get the right answer.  Interestingly Bernadette had approached me to find out how she could be the first - and I advised she keep an eye on the blog rather than wait for the post to be delivered via email!

Others who also got it right - in order - are:
If you'd like to study how people get the correct answer try studying past challenges which are listed in the Page Who painted this? - at the the top of the Page. Since of the requirements is to say how you found it, you can see the various ways people get to the answer.

Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted.  You have been warned!


  1. A search for "impressionist pastel street scene Paris" found it on a blog review of aa exhibition at The Frick NYC.

    Boulevard de Rochechouart
    Camille Pissarro
    pastel on beige paper
    23 9/16 x 28 15/16
    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

  2. Camille Pissarro
    Le Boulevard de Chichy
    Pastel on paper
    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute at williamstown MA, USA

    A copy of this painting along with a copy of Pissarro's Boulevard Montmartre Printemps hung over the Hifi when I was growing up. Looked at this painting for many years.

  3. Boulevard de Rochechouart
    Camille Pissaro
    Pastel on beige wove paper
    Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

    I thought this would be difficult so decided to search for what I could see, 19th century pastel cityscape horse and carriages, and there it was.

  4. Title.......Boulevard de Clichy,Effect of Winter Sunlight
    Artist.....Camille Pissaro
    Medium......Pastel on Blue Paper
    Where it is.....Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
    Williamstown MA USA
    How I found it..... First a lot of fruitless Googling, then I tried the words Boulevard and painting . This gave me the image and title, then I googled the title and the rest came up.
    Bernadette Madden
    Glad I made it to the top last week, I am really enjoying the chase!

  5. I think I have finally found the right place to comment!
    The artist is Camille Pissarro
    Le Boulevard de Clichy
    Pastel on paper
    Completed 1880
    Currently living in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, USA

    I recognised the style of Pissarro but not the work , so I searched for images of Parisian cityscapes by him, had a hunch it wasClichy, and the found my way to wikipaintings.

    It was fun!
    Bairbre Duggan

  6. Finally back in the US and able to take part in my favourite activity on the web - find this painting!

    So knew it was an impressionist painting. Thought it was a watercolour. So started searching under that premise and although he was not the right person, came across the beautiful urban landscapes of Childe Hassam.

    So took a break for a day and restarted. Began with the above search, zilch! So knew Wikipedia would give me so hints. Click on an image done by Camille Pisarro and thought, this is the style I am looking for and success!

    Artist- Camille Pissaro
    title - Boulevard de Clichy, Winter sunlight effect
    Date- 1880
    materials - Pastels on a blue paper
    collection - Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA - purchased in 1996


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