Friday, June 8, 2007

"Passed" Painter of the Day

It's Friday and I can't decide on a "passed" painter to tell you about. So, I think I'll focus on a group of painters, or "would be" painters. A school for "would be" painters and portraitists, called simply American School, offered painting instruction for those who had the time and means to attend. These students were taught by American painters rather than attending a European school of painting. The American style of painting was distinctively different than European painters. These "would be" painters were taught realism in their technique. And most painted portraits showed subjects with a favorite item to be remembered in oils for years to come. Some portraits depicted the subject in his or her profession, for example, a Minister would be painted with a Bible. This Little Girl in Red with Basket was painted by a student of the American School. Sadly, these artist were not recognized by name. They are simply known as "American School" painter. Here is one I painted...(and will probably paint again soon with more of a patriotic theme), using an American School artist's portrait for my inspiration.

~Have a wonderful weekend everyone~


Wendy said...

I must tell you that your work is much nicer than the passed painters portraits!! You have such amazing talent!

the feathered nest said...

Oh, that is sad that those painters won't ever be recognized individually. Like Wendy said, your interpretation is much nicer. You are so talented - I wish I had teensy tiny bit of your talent!


Southern Heart said...

I'm in agreement, too....I always love all of the paintings posted, but yours are always my favorites!

Lorraine said...

I would be painted with a laptop.

Suzanne said...

Thank you, I really wasn't fishing for compliments, but you are all sweet to give them.

Yes, Manuela, it is sad the students weren't recognized...hopefully they went on to have great careers!
Hmmm? guess I'll try to do some research on that!:)

Lorraine~ wonder what our descendants would think if they saw a photo or portrait of us with things we found important? I can see many of us posed with our fingers over a computer keyboard!

Lorraine said...

Thank you for the lesson, Suzanne!!! I can't wait to see a new painting from you!!!

Anonymous said...

I love these American Portraits. I fell in love with portraits of American children in from the 18th century when visitng historical societies in Pennsylvania.

Thank-you for the "seminar". I always learn so much about portraiture here.
Your work is just beautiful.

rosemary said...

The little girl in red does not look happy....Thank you for your great history lessons....I love reading about these artists.

Lana said...

I had often heard of American School ~ thank you for explaining it Suzanne. I think I have a late 1800s print that has American School on it. I'll have to go see. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been working on...


FrenchGardenHouse said...


It's always such a joy to visit and get a glimpse of those painters of long ago.

And to see how you interpret the same painting style. I love your work, portraits of children always tug at my heart, yours especially so.

Annie said...

You are awesome, Suzanne. From the top of your head to your little tootsies.


PAT said...

Thank you Suzanne! Great post!

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