Last week, Hubby and I took a day to go exploring. We don’t do that often enough, but have resolved to try to go “do something” at least once a month. So we headed North, and ended up at the Delaware Art Museum for the first part of the day. Which actually ended up being pretty much the whole day, because one of us likes to read Every Single Plaque when in museums. (Name withheld to protect the guilty party.) However, the other one of us really likes art museums, so that person didn’t complain. Not one bit. We ended up seeing about half of the museum, and helped them close up. So that means we need to go back and see the other half, right?
One part of the museum focused on early American artists…
Still Life with Fruit by Severin Roesen
…And I can’t believe they let me take pictures!
I wrote a paper on Frederic Church last
year for an art history class…
South American Landscape by Frederic Church
…the paper also included Benjamin West!
The Return of Tobias by Benjamin West
There was a beautiful sculpture by John Rogers…
Coming to the Parson by John Rogers
And there was an exhibit of works on paper by a
twentieth-century Color Field artist…
I recognized her from my Art Appreciation textbook
and thought I’d better take a look…
Work on Paper by Anne Truitt
It was definitely an exhibit that made you stand back and say “Hmmm…”
I took a picture of this one because green is my favorite color.
A guard came in and explained to my dear perplexed
Hubby that the exhibit was “Arty.”
There was a momentary bonding between the two guys.
The Delaware Art Museum has a wonderful
collection of Pre-Raphaelite art,
like this painting that illustrates a scene from
Briar Rose, or The Sleeping Beauty…
The Council Chamber by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
And an allegorical painting depicting the
composition of music…
Veronica Veronese by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Pre-Raphaelites produced beautiful paintings that focused on nature, literature, and the Middle Ages. Early Pre-Raphaelite paintings had a Christian emphasis, but unfortunately as they grew toward a more aesthetic approach, they veered away from their origins. (If you read all the little plaques about them, you may get a bit disillusioned.) However, their illustrative style greatly influenced the artists of the next generation…
The Storyteller’s Art:
ReImagining America through Illustration
What a great exhibit.
Of course, Howard Pyle was the star.
He’s just plain incredible.
This is Hubby’s favorite…
The Fight on Lexington by Howard Pyle
I liked his black & white pen drawings
that look like old woodcuts…
Lady of the Lake by Howard Pyle
I also loved this poster for the very first
Children’s Book Week by Jessie Willcox Smith…
Illustration for Children's Book Week poster, 1919 by Jessie Willcox Smith
And I discovered a new female illustrator…
I LOVE this picture…
She Loved to Have the Children About Her by Eugenie Wireman
Howard Pyle operated a school for illustrators in Wilmington, Delaware in the early 1900’s, and N.C. Wyeth was one of his students! What I found to be really amazing was that about a third of his students were young women! There were some beautiful illustrations at the Delaware Art Museum by these talented ladies. Go see them if you get a chance!
And of course, we had to leave because they
were starting the turn out the lights…
The Crying Giant by Tom Otterness
And it’s the end of the post too…
but Part Two is coming soon!
The End by a member of Pyle's weekly sketching club
“They were never so finely told in prose before.
And then the pictures – one can never tire of
examining them & studying them.”
~ Mark Twain, in a letter to Howard Pyle,
on Pyle’s The Story of King Arthur and his Knights~