# 4 Books, Art of art: literature, music, dance, visual arts
The Four-Footed Lovers. Frank Albertsen. Lizbeth Bullock Humphrey (Illustrator). Lee and Shepard, Boston, New York, 1875. "Bunn, who showed Bossy and Bunny the way home when they were lost, was, for the most part, a chippery, happy squirrel. His two sisters, Teena and Fara, liked quite as well to be with him as with his big brother Whisker..."
In the Loge (1878). Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, Impressionism, 1844-1926). Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The canvas depicts a fashionable lady dressed for an afternoon performance at the Comedie Français, a theater in Paris. The lady peers avidly through her opera glasses. At upper left, a man trains his gaze upon her. Cassatt explores the very act of looking, breaking down the traditional boundaries between the observer and the observed, the audience and the performer.
An Afternoono on the Porch (c.1895). Vittorio Matteo Corcos (Italian, 1859-1933). Oil on canvas. In Paris Corcos spent time at the studio of Léon Bonnat, portrait painter to the Parisian upper middle class and he successfully became part of elite art circles. He chose fashionable themes: female portraits, scenes of modern life, sophisticated interiors painted in vibrant colors and fluid brushstrokes, works in the style of Boldini and De Nittis.
A profile of a woman looking at the stars. Alois Heinrich Priechenfried (Austrian, 1867-1953). Oil on canvas. A contemporary of the acclaimed genre artist Isidor Kaufmann. Priechenfried was a student of Christian Gripenkerl at the Vienna Academy of Art. He achieved much success in Vienna for his depictions of shtetl life.
Five Sinister Characters. Raymond Chandler. New York: Avon Book Company, . Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Avon Murder Mystery Monthly #28. Digest size format, Collects five stories; "I’ll Be Waiting," "The King in Yellow," "Pearls Are a Nuisance," "Red Wind" and "Trouble Is My Business."
Dame am Spinett (1871). Hans Makart (Austrian, 1840–1884). Oil on canvas. Austrian Gallery Belvedere. The prince Von Hohenlohe provided Makart with an old foundry to use as a studio. He turned it into an impressive place full of sculptures, flowers, musical instruments, requisites and jewelry that he used to create classical settings for his portraits, mainly of women. Eventually his studio looked like a salon and became a social meeting point in Vienna.
Paolo and Francesca (1863). Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach (German, 1829-1880). Oil on canvas....One day, to pass the time away, we read / of Lancelot— how love had overcome him. / We were alone, and we suspected nothing...When we had read how the desired smile / was kissed by one who was so true a lover, / this one, who never shall be parted from me, / While all his body trembled, kissed my mouth, / A Gallehault indeed, that book and he / who wrote it, too; that day we read no more...Dante, Inferno
Yekaterina Kondaurova in Diamonds from Balanchine's Jewels. Mariinsky Theatre. Photo by Gene Schiavone. Kondaurova joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company in 2001 and has been a Principal since 2012. "Yekaterina Kondaurova is a dancer of strong character. Not delicate, lacelike or porcelain-like, but etched in stone." -- Nezavisimaya Gazeta
His Favorite Model (c.188_). John Ferguson Weir (American, 1841-1926). Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery. Up until the widespread use of photography, it was common for artists to use lay figures, elaborate jointed models, made of wood, to stand in place of the model. It was not practical or feasible to have a live sitting model for every hour needed to complete a painting. Here, the Pygmalion-like action of the figure adds levity.
Ballerina in green from Creative Illustration. Andrew Loomis. Viking Press, New York, 1947. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. Creative Illustration is considered Loomis's magnum opus, which was aimed primarily at the professional-level illustrator. Divided into seven sections: Line, Tone, Color, Telling the Story, Creating Ideas, Fields of Illustration, and Experimenting and Studies, this book is filled with instructions, tips, insider experiences, and incredible illustrations.
The Open Book. Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes (1859–1912). Watercolour with bodycolour over pencil. Forbes studied drawing in her native Canada and in England. She later studied with William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League of New York. In 1882 she moved to Pont-Aven, Brittany, where she experimented with plein-air painting, a technique that impacted her future oeuvre.
Hootenanny Nurse. Suzanne Roberts. Ace, D-579, 1964. Julie Dodd had become a nurse to be closer to her childhood sweetheart, Dr. David Stace... Now Julie was faced with the biggest decision of her life. Marriage to David would mean a new life in Chicago... Then there was Chad and the promise of love and fame he offered Julie, sharing his roaming, exciting life as a folksinger. Yet in neither man’s dream was there room for Julie’s nursing career...
Ballerina Sitting (2002). Jeremy Sutton. Pastel. Based on a photograph by David Taylor, taken to promote the Mavis Tracy Ballet School. He wanted to create an image that had a Degas feel. The model was Lindsay McGlinn, a ballet instructor at the school. Sutton reinterpreted the image keeping in the Degas pastel style.This image was published as the cover artwork for the April 2003 issue of the Rangefinder magazine.
Margaret French Cresson, American sculptor, 1889-1973, standing beside bust of Nathalie Osborn. Photographer: Peter A. Juley & Son. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives. Cresson's specialty was creating portrait busts but was also a gifted painter, writer and lecturer. In 1969 she donated the 150 acre family estate and studio in Western Massachusetts, Chesterwood, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today, Chesterwood is a public museum.
Portrait of Sheila Pickering (1935). Balthus - Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (French ~ 1908-2001). Balthus presented the painting to Sheila Pickering as a gift and wrote a gift card, of sorts, on the book in her lap. "An Authentic Portrait of Her Highness Sheila, Princess of Cats...Painted by His Maj Balthus, The King of Cats, Himself--"
Dancing at the Odeon Casino. Original poster by Walter Schnackenberg (German, 1880-1961). Lithograph, 1912. Printer: Conseé, München. Schnackenberg drew for the celebrated magazines "Jugend" and "Simplizissimus." His themes were theatre and the comic muse. Schnackenberg often went to Paris, where he was especially interested in the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. As a print-maker, Schnackenberg devoted himself mainly to poster art and his most mature work is in this genre.
Juive de Tanger (1874). Charles Landelle (French, 1812-1908). Musée des beaux-arts de Reims. Landelle is considered an important orientalist, genre, portrait and historical painter from the French school. He began his formal art studies in 1837 at the l’Ecole Royale des Beaux-Arts with Paul Hippolyte Delaroche (1797-1856) and with historical painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).
Thomas à Kempis (1379/1380–1471). Opera. Nuremberg, 1494. With St. Albertus Magnus. Compendium theologice veritatis. Strasbourg, 1489. Folger Shakespeare Library. "Bound in a German chained binding, c. 1495, of alum tawed pigskin over wooden boards with blind decoration and adorned with brass corner bosses, title plaque, clasps, and several links of iron chain... Upper cover decorated... with tendrils; lower cover central panel divided in 12 lozenges with a fleur-de-lys stamped in the center...”
Un jeune enfant regardant des figures dans un livre (1798). Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (French, 1767-1824). Girodet joined the studio of Jacques-Louis David. Because Girodet's paintings were coldly sensuous and atmospheric, rather than spartan and heroic like David's, David disapproved. Girodet soon returned to Paris, where he earned his living by drawing illustrations and painting portraits.
Models Isabeli Fontana and Natasha Poly reading on beach for Missoni. Photographed by Steven Meisel. 2009 Spring/Summer ad campaign. Natasha Poly, born Natasha Polevshchikova (Russia, 1985-), is one of the go-to models for both editorial and advertising campaigns. Natasha has the chameleon-like ability to transform her facial expressions and is also well known for her recognizable runway walk and signature pose.
Two Boys Singing (c.1625). Frans Hals (Dutch, 1580-1666). Oil on canvas, Staatliche Museen, Kassel. The boys sing from an opened musical score, beating the rhythm with their hands, while the older one holds a lute in his left hand. Their expressions are realistic, although more typified than portrait-like. The decorative feathered beret may be interpreted as a symbol. "A feather on one's head indicates that one's sensitivities are as easily moved as the feather by the light breeze."