Monday, December 23, 2013

Who painted this? #55

Who painted this #55
Back after a short break while I got on with writing the book, this is a "who painted this" to keep you going over Christmas!

Don't forget besides wanting the answers to all the usual questions (see below) I'd also like to hear about what you managed to find out about the artist and painting - and the best answer wins this week's challenge!

How to participate in "Who painted this? #55"

PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.
Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).

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 - do not leave the answer on Facebook! 
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer 
  • if wrong it will be published 
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #54 - The Answer

A Painter by Meisonnier

Meisonnier was once the darling of the Paris Salon and commanded astronomically high prices for his finely rendered paintings.

His painting career is compared and contrasted with that of Manet in the Ross King's book  The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism.  It's a recommended and fascinating read about the Paris Salon, the Salon des Refuses and the emergence of Impressionism.

If you visit London, go to the Wallace Collection - they have an excellent collection of small paintings by Meissonnier, some of which can normally be seen in one of the galleries on the lower floor.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #54? - Three people got the answer correct and are listed below in alphabetical order
Both Patrick and Bernadette had excellent extended answers about the painter and his painting of a painter.

This is from Patrick's response 
Some other notes on Meissonnier's fame are that in 1897 a Parisian newspaper [Le Figaro] asked the leading French art dealers, critics, and curators: Which French artists of the 19th century would still be important one hundred years hence in the year 1997? The results were, number one, Adolphe William Bouguereau; second, Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier; and, third, Léon Gérôme.
However the best answer yet again came from Bernadette.