Thursday, March 1, 2018

Artists in the Studio – Later Nineteenth Century

Paul Musurus
Artist standing by his easel
ca. 1855-65
British Museum

Charles Daubigny
Le bateau atelier (boat studio) 
etching, drypoint
British Museum

William Luson Thomas after Sir John Gilbert
Peter Paul Rubens painting in his studio
wood-engraving from Illustrated London News
British Museum

Harold John Stanley
The village painter - Scene in the Tyrol
British Museum

This Room

The room I entered was a dream of this room.
Surely all those feet on the sofa were mine.
The oval portrait
of a dog was me at an early age.
Something shimmers, something is hushed up.

We had macaroni for lunch every day
except Sunday, when a small quail was induced
to be served to us. Why do I tell you these things?
You are not even here.

– John Ashbery (1999)

Winslow Homer
Art students and copyists in the Louvre Gallery, Paris
wood-engraving from Harper's Weekly
British Museum

Edmond Yon after Oreste Cortazzo
La séance interrompue (The interrupted sitting)
wood-engraving from L'Univers illustré
British Museum

Paul Renouard
Painter Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret
ca. 1870-95
British Museum

Henry Linton after Lawrence Alma-Tadema
The Picture (ancient Roman painter's studio)
wood-engraving from Illustrated London News
British Museum

from The Portrait

This is her picture as she was:
It seems a thing to wonder on,
As though mine image in the glass
Should tarry when myself am gone.
I gaze until she seems to stir, –
Until mine eyes almost aver
That now, even now, the sweet lips part
To breathe the words of the sweet heart: –
And yet the earth is over her.

– Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1868)

William Unger
Atelier W. Unger
British Museum

William Edward Frost
Medieval artist in his studio
before 1877
British Museum

H. Klotz
Frederick Leighton's studio
ca. 1880-95
British Museum

Joseph-Antoine Dujardin
Painter at work (possibly Jean-Baptiste Greuze)
British Museum

from Canto XXXVI

He draweth likeness and hue from like nature
So making pleasure more certain in seeming
Nor can stand hid in such nearness,
Beautys be darts tho' not savage
Skilled from such fear a man follows
Deserving spirit, that pierceth.
Nor is he known from his face
But taken in the white light that is allness
Toucheth his aim
Who heareth, seeth not form
But is led by its emanation
Being divided, set out from colour,
Disjunct in mid darkness
Grazeth the light, one moving by other,
Being divided, divided from all falsity
Worthy of trust
From him alone mercy proceedeth. 

– Ezra Pound (1934)

Clément Bellenger after Léon Lhermitte
Printmaker François Liénard and his son in the studio
British Museum

Charles Roberts after Sir John Gilbert
Painter at work in his studio
wood-engraving from The Graphic
British Museum