Halloa! I fear this box may never provide a description that could ever truly satisify the definition of description.
In saying that, I'm 26, from Liverpool, with a passion for Liverpool FC, history, and Star Trek. Ahem.
I suppose I should note that I am so utterly staid that the colour beige has pursued legal action against me on a number of occasions. Damned legal obligations...
Oh, and this blog is quite probably PG-safe (I guess what constitutes PG is subjective, so probably) as I very rarely swear and don't post images of a fleshy nature.
Oh, oh, and I have a fascination (um, irrepressible obsession) with the two world wars, which is why they appear so prominently in my Tumblr. Macabre, perhaps, but it's principally centred on a desire to contribute, however insignificantly, to the "perpetuation" of those who suffered immeasurably in the wars.
Louise Ingram Rayner (21 June 1832 – 8 October 1924) was a British watercolor artist. She lived in Chester in the Welsh Marches but travelled extensively, painting British scenes, during the summers in 1870s and 1880s. Her paintings are very detailed and highly picturesque populated street scenes capturing the “olde worlde” character of British towns and cities in the booming Victorian period.
Jerome Myers - Market in Paris (1920)
Jerome Myers (March 20, 1867 - June 19, 1940) was a U.S. artist and writer associated with the Ashcan School, best known for his sympathetic depictions of the urban landscape. He was one of the main organizers of the 1913 Armory Show, which introduced European modernism to America.
Born in Petersburg, Virginia and raised in Philadelphia, Trenton and Baltimore, he spent his adult life in New York City. Myers worked briefly as an actor and scene painter, then first studied art for a year at Cooper Union and then at the Art Students League for a period of eight years where his main teacher was George de Forest Brush. In 1896 he went to Paris, but only stayed a few months, believing in the direction and reality of his own work, and that his main classroom was the streets of New York’s lower East Side. His strong interest and feelings for the new immigrants and their life resulted in well over a thousand drawings, as well as paintings, etchings and watercolors capturing the whole panorama of their lives as found outside of the crowded tenements which were their first homes in America.
In a 1923 magazine article he explained why cities were his greatest source of inspiration:
“All my life I had lived, worked and played in the poorest streets of American cities. I knew them and their population and was one of them. Others saw ugliness and degradation there, I saw poetry and beauty, so I came back to them. I took a sporting chance of saying something out of my own experience and risking whether it was worthwhile or not. That is all any artist can do.”
Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes
One of my favorite paintings. My mom’s 16th birthday card for me had this on the cover and I keep it in my desk.
Hung a copy of this in my room tonight to celebrate Midsummer
Happy Midsummer/Summer Solstice Eve, everybody! Time to get drunk, dance around a bonfire or in a fairy ring if you have one, wear flower crowns in an appropriate context for once (well, this and May Day), and read Shakespeare. For the next 24 hours, I shall only respond to the name of Peaseblossom. Because it’s cute. Carry on…
Edward Robert Hughes RWS (5 November 1851 – 23 April 1914) was an English painter who worked in a style influenced by Pre-Raphaelitism and Aestheticism. Some of his best known works are Midsummer Eve and Night With Her Train of Stars. Hughes was the nephew of Arthur Hughes and studio assistant to William Holman Hunt. He often used watercolour/gouache. He was elected ARWS in 1891, and chose as his diploma work for election to full membership a mystical piece inspired by a verse by Christina Rossetti’s Amor Mundi. He experimented with ambitious techniques and was a perfectionist; he did numerous studies for many of his paintings, some of which turned out to be good enough for exhibition.
Othon Friesz (French Painter 1879 -1949) - Roofs and Cathedral in Rouen, 1908.
Oil on canvas. 119 x 95.5 cm.
In the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg.
Achille-Émile Othon Friesz, who later called himself just Othon Friesz (6 February 1879 – 10 January 1949), a native of Le Havre, was a French artist of the Fauvist movement.
Achille-Émile Othon Friesz: The Pont Neuf in Paris (Grey Weather), [Le Pont-Neuf, Paris, Temps Gris], 1902,
oil on canvas, 46 x 55.2 cm, source: the-athenaeum.org.