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Melinda Evans 

Loving these huge, long-stemmed orange-red gerbera daisies (and the vase my sis gave me).

Milton Avery, "Playing the Piano" (1944). In 1900, Avery was 15 and already working in a factory to help support his family. He went on to work various blue-collar jobs for decades. At age 30 as the US entered WW1, he was the only adult male in his family and was supporting 9 female relatives. At times he would work night jobs so that he could paint during the day. (Equal pay for women makes life better for all of us.) Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. #postcardbowl #arthistory #miltonavery

After 4 long months of getting spruced up, it's back, and it's beautiful!

"Eve," a statue left unfinished in 1881 by Auguste Rodin when his model, who was pregnant, could no longer pose for long periods. Rodin initially intended to have Adam and Eve at either side of his Gates of Hell, which is why this Eve hides her face and body in shame. In Mormon theology, Eve is a hero who knowingly became mortal in order to fulfill the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth, allowing all the spirit children of our Heavenly Parents to experience mortality and obtain bodies, which are noble parts of the soul. This particular bronze was cast from Rodin's mold in 1970, the very year I too became a mortal. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, California. #postcardbowl #arthistory #rodin

"Old Bearded Man with White Sleeve" (1631), by birthday-boy Rembrandt. I have such a love for this man and his etchings. In the decade after he died, two biographers excoriated him for being ugly, for belonging to a "false" religion (he may have been Mennonite), for using too much paint, and for painting realistic nudes (showing the flab, the skin indentations from buckles and ties) instead of painting flawless, idealized nudes. A few decades later, his next biographer added a story about Rembrandt having a pet monkey 🐒 whose death he deeply mourned (possible myth, but what a great one). More reliable are accounts that Rembrandt was always messy because he would wipe his brushes and tools on his clothes. Rembrandtshuis, Amsterdam. #postcardbowl #arthistory #rembrandt

Charles Courtney Curran, "Afternoon in the Cluny Gardens, Paris" (1859). Curran, an American impressionist, usually painted youthful women in outdoor settings. He painted this while living with his wife in Paris for two years as newlyweds while he studied art. They later split their time between NYC, where he taught at Pratt, and rural areas of Ohio or upstate New York. Dream life. De Young, San Francisco. #postcardbowl #arthistory

Jean-Baptiste Greuze, "Young Knitter Asleep" (1759). Greuze grew up poor in Lyon, France, and was largely self-taught as an artist, such that his first successful painting led to Paris gossip that he hadn't really painted it himself. He quickly silenced that gossip with numerous equally skilled paintings, which often focused on moral themes like charity, gratitude, and hard work. Greuze also painted portraits of Mozart, Ben Franklin, and members of French upper classes. Unfortunately he was as arrogant and hit-tempered as he was skilled, sabotaging his career and prompting his wife to run off with their money. His work was well-known and prized long after his life ended. Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, is described as owning a Greuze, hinting at a hidden volatile personality beneath a facade of moral righteousness. Huntington Library, Pasadena, California. #postcardbowl #arthistory

"Australian Beach Pattern" (1940) by Charles Meere. Curiously, Meere, who routinely wore a suit and never went to the beach, painted these heroic Art Deco figures from imagination, only occasionally using his employees to model for a foot here or a hand there. This painting reflects how beach culture became popular in Australia in the 1920s-30s, presumably as the second and third generations of European immigrants became accustomed to seeing their pals eaten by sharks 🦈. Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.

Bridget Riley, "Ecclesia" (1985). I am very grateful for bright colors, many of which are synthetic dyes engineered by chemists in the last 150 years. Magenta, for example, is an engineered color initially created by chemists in the 1850s after mauve purple dye had been discovered by chance by chemists trying to develop a malaria cure from coal tar. Mauve purple became such a hit (making millions for its inventor) that pharmaceutical companies tried inventing other synthetic dyes, creating the palette of vibrant colors that fill our modern world. Magenta was first patented as "fuchsin," but that awkward name was soon revised to the more melodious "magenta" and was marketed as a way to celebrate a recent French military victory near the Italian town of Magenta. Courtauld Gallery, London.

July in Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, c1415. Each month in the calendar section of this prayer book includes a small painting of that month's peasant labors, alongside a list of holy feast days ("holidays"). These are miniature paintings, about 4"x8", created by the Limbourg brothers who died in 1416 (most likely of the plague). The book was completed by other artists later in the 1400s. The chariot of the sun passes overhead in a calendar that is not year-specific. Musée Condé, Chantilly, France. #postcardbowl #arthistory

1913 fashion plate from Journal des Dames et des Modes, drawn by an artist identified only as "B. Berty." Berty's works are now in several museums in Europe and the US. I like to think B Berty was a woman, which would explain why she, unlike other fashion plate artists, did not use her full name, and why her career apparently lasted only a couple of years. (And, at the risk of sounding like GOOP, Paris sales are going on right now, even on the Internet, and you can see in the 2d photo how beautiful French silks and laces are!) Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. #postcardbowl #arthistory

David Inshaw, "The Badminton Game" (1972-73). This cheerful summer painting made Inshaw's career in 1973 and is still considered his masterpiece. He says he felt muddled when completing this painting because he was in love with two different women--the two models for this painting. Makes me think of an episode of The Bachelor--mildly competitive, with mildly menacing shadows and looming trees, but still a bright day and a beautiful Wiltshire location. Tate, London. #postcardbowl #arthistory

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