Saturday, July 30, 2011
Saturday Salon: A Favorite Painting or Two or Three....
Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858 - 1928) was an American artist born in Alexandria, Egypt of English parents. He was raised in the United States by an uncle, George Mowbray and aunt, Annie Fade, after the death first of his father in Egypt, then later of his mother in this country.
Mowbray left West Point Academy after one year, then studied under artists Leon Bonnat and Jean-Leon Gerome in Paris. Their influence is obvious. Mowbray's moody representational style is fused with gorgeous color and use of shadow and though his work is reminiscent of other romantic painters of the time, there is still something quite unique about his point of view. Mowbray was also know for his paintings done in Renaissance style featuring religous themes. His work is represented in many public buildings around the country as well as in private collections and museums.
To read a bit more about Henry Siddons Mowbray and his work please check this link.
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You are introducing me to so many artists I either have never come across or was aware of but only by name!ReplyDelete
These pictures are gorgeous, Yvette! I especially like the last one of the two girls playing chess - the girl with sleeves reminds me of a picture of my mother!
Then my work here is done, Sue. :)ReplyDelete
I love the last one too. Usually when it comes to chess, they show boys. So this is a rarity - girls playing chess.
Breath taking paintings, I agree very romantic. I'd love to paint like that. Look at the detail,ReplyDelete
great themes and colors. yvonne
Gorgeous paintings, what lovely portrayals of women.ReplyDelete
Do you know where those paintings are set?
Yvonne: Yes, this is the height of romance. I love the use of pattern and design.ReplyDelete
Kathy: I think possibly the top three are set in a seraglio. A sultan's harem.ReplyDelete
Yvette, these paintings are absolutely divine. How I should like to see the originals!!ReplyDelete
Hi, mjoy! It's been ages! Yes, I agree that these paintings are divine. I'd love to see them in perseon myself. :)ReplyDelete
Divine. Reminds me of another British artist who did Greek themed paintings. Wish I could remember his name.ReplyDelete
Patti: There are a few of them who shared similar themes. All wonderful. I love this sort of thing.ReplyDelete
Such scumptuous scenes in these paintings! I love their deep, rich colors.ReplyDelete
Pat: Yes, me too. Extraordinary color and texture. AND attention to detail.ReplyDelete
One element that stands out in these paintings is the use of red.ReplyDelete
I notice that a lot of paintings which you choose to display contain a major color element of red.
Did you read the book that was published solely about red, its history, its derivation, etc.
Kathy: I love red. Actually my favorite colors are red and green. I have to work very hard NOT to have everything looking Christmasy. Ha.ReplyDelete
I also like blue and white.
No, I haven't read that book, Kathy. What's the title?
This could be the title of the book about red:ReplyDelete
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
Sounds good to me.
Amazon.com has it on sale for decent prices.
Thanks, Kathy!! I'll check it out.ReplyDelete