Art Sunday

Unlike many of her Impressionist contemporaries, Bracquemond spent a great deal of effort planning her pieces. Even though many of her works have a spontaneous feel, she prepared in a traditional way through sketches and drawings. Although she was overshadowed by her well-known husband, the work of the reclusive Marie Bracquemond is considered to have been closer to the ideals of Impressionism. According to their son Pierre, Félix Bracquemond was often resentful of his wife, brusquely rejecting her critique of his work, and refusing to show her paintings to visitors. In an unpublished manuscript written by Pierre about his parents’ life, he shares that his father “seldom showed her work to their friends. When he did compliment her, it was in private. Therefore, none of their artists friends paid attention to her works or spoke of her efforts, and when she revealed hopes for success, Félix put her ambition down to ‘incurable vanity.'” In 1890, Marie Bracquemond, worn out by the continual household friction and discouraged by lack of interest in her work, abandoned her painting except for a few private works.


Five for Friday

Here we are once again even if I’m a bit late with this. Let’s see what I can do today.

  1. It’s a beautiful day in central Minnesota. the temperature is a wonderful 71F (22C) with a nice breeze. It started out with clear skies this morning but it faded to partly blue out there. It feels great to me. The windows are open and I’m airing out the house. I mowed the lawn too.
  2. I actually did battle with the IRS phone system and I actually got to talk to a real live person this morning. Will wonders never cease?
  3. I pretty well quit drinking soda quite a while ago but I’m getting tired of other sweet drinks. I’m finding myself going thru a lot of tea and a particular brand of frozen apple juice concentrate lately.
  4. I didn’t realize that today was Friday the 13th. Ooooooo! Spooky.
  5. There are a number of outdoor chores for me this weekend. The weather is going to be perfect to work outside.

There ya have it. Feel free to comment and/or wave a vigorous “HOWDY!” on the way thru if’n you would like.