Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday Salon: The Rendition of Goldfish

English genre, social realist and portrait painter,Thomas Benjamin Kennington (1856 - 1916)


Australian digital artist, designer and art director, Ken Wong

Australian modernist painter and printmaker, Margaret Preston (1875 - 1963)

Contemporary American realist painter, Janet Fish

R. Humphrey (unable to find further info) But it's such a lyrical painting, I had to include it.

French modernist painter Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)

German Impressionist/Expressionist painter and printmaker, Lovis Corinth

American Impressionist painter Charles Courtney Curran (1861 - 1942)

Dutch painter Maria Vos (1824 - 1906)

American painter Ben Frank Moss (Born 1936 - )

French painter and photographer, Jacques Henri Lartique (1894 - 1986)

American Contemporary painter, Barbara Smith Ott

English genre painter, author and illustrator, George Dunlop Leslie 'The Goldfish Seller' (1835 - 1921)

Henri Matisse

British Academic Classical painter William Stephen Coleman, (1829 - 1904)

Scottish painter and printmaker, Elizabeth Blackadder (Born 1931 - )

British painter Charles Hodge Mackie (1862 - 1920)

American genre, portrait and landscape painter, Elizabeth Nourse (1859 - 1938)

American illustrator, Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863 - 1935)

American painter, Gertrude Fiske (1878 - 1961)

While perambulating across the Internet, I noticed that goldfish appear to be a popular subject for painters working in just about every style. These attractive little Technicolor fish show up at least once in a variety of artist portfolios. Common enough subjects can make for uncommon works of art as we all know. I love viewing the same subject through the eyes of different artists.

15 comments:

  1. If I had anything worth pawning, I would run to the nearest pawn shop to get the moolah to buy the Humphrey, Curran and Coleman -- gorgeous!

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    1. I would be happy with any of the three you chose, Becky. Or, for that matter, any of the paintings in the post. :) It's always too hard for me to pick a favorite.

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  2. Wow.... There are about 5 of those that I would want on my walls today.

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    1. It's not easy picking just one. For sure. :)

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  3. Thank you. I knew I was missing art education while you were on sabbatical. And it's a lovely treat to see it again.

    I love the Matisse paintings, know them well, but there are many new-to-me artists here, whose work I like, including the one that's "lyrical."

    It is amazing how many different ways goldfish can be a theme of paintings.

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    1. And there were many more, Kathy! It was hard to narrow down my choices but I wanted to show differing styles and techniques. This was a fun post to work on. :)

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  4. Hi, Yvette,

    I really enjoy this theme! Whenever I look at your Saturday Salon, I always like to choose one painting with which I'd be happy to live — financial portfolio aside. My pick this time is Elizabeth Blackadder's. I like that it straddles realism and abstraction.

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    1. I really do like her work as well, Mark. She is an artist I've only just recently discovered. I believe her work is readily available in print form.

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  5. Interesting! I think I like the first one best.

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    1. Any choice is a good choice I think, Peggy. You wouldn't think that goldfish would make for such interesting artwork. :)

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  6. What an eclectic selection of goldfish paintings. I can understand an artist wishing to paint them having sat in my sister's sitting room this weekend, and been totally mesmerised by their fish swimming around in the aquarium.

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    1. Rosemary my daughter too has a couple of goldfish. They are so calming to watch. :)

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  7. I like the one by Humphrey, too, unusual.

    And, by her very name, it's appropriate that Janet Fish's painting also catches my eye.

    But what's interesting is everyone's individual taste, as unique to each viewer as the taste of each reader and the books they prefer.

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    1. I found everyone's choices interesting as well, Kathy. It's what we bring to the table that counts in this sort of thing. :)

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  8. Just in case you have not found this yet, I believe I have the info on the R. Humphrey painting...Richard Humphrey, Waterlillies, Gamble House, 2008

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