Monday, September 24, 2007

"Passed" Painters of the Day~Oops!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Ours was cold and rainy, the perfect "stay inside and play on the computer, read, paint, do schoolwork that we didn't finish during the week" kind of weekend. (and you know how popular I was when I suggested that last activity!)

The second part of the Peale Family painters has been in my "edit post" page for a few weeks now and I didn't realize I hadn't posted it until last night! Has anyone done that before? Or am I "showing my age" by not remembering when and what I've posted! :)

~Peale Family Part Two~

Charles Peale
not only had many talented children who were painters, he also had a brother who was known for his paintings as well. James Peale had children who were gifted too, and spent time in Charles' studio learning with their cousins and from Charles himself.

Sarah Miriam Peale was the youngest of the nieces and she showed a lot of promise and interest in making painting her career. Her father, James, taught her and two of her sisters how to mix color and paint backgrounds.
(The photo on the right is a portrait of Sarah painted by her father James.)

In the 1800's, a careers as a painter was not seen as "proper" for a young lady. But Sarah moved to Baltimore and set up her own studio and became a well-known portraitist. Sarah, along with her sister Anna, (who painted miniatures), were sought after for their talent and often shared clients, painting two different portraits of the person.

(Two Children by Sarah, 1835)

Sarah had a long painting career, painting portraits and eventually following in her cousin's footsteps, painting still lifes. She never married, instead devoting her life to her painting career that lasted more than 50 years.

(References: my son's home school curriculum!)


Lana said...

Hi Suzanne ~ I'll not make an "old age" joke... for now, lol!

I'm glad Sarah went againt convention and set up her own studio. Just think how boring this world would be if all the women decided not to share their wonderful talents!

PAT said...

Great post, Suzanne. I enjoy learning more about painters of the past!


the feathered nest said...

What a talented family they were! I'm waiting for one of those rainy stay inside and do stuff days. It's been back up in the 90's again. What a way to start fall!


Miss Maddie's said...

I often wonder who decided what was 'proper' and what wasn't.So many of the women from the past were given little or no credit for their gifts and abilities.Thanks for bringing them to light! Susan

Ruth Welter said...

Suzanne, fascinating post. Who needs history books when we can come and read your blog..I love it.