Nina Leen - Eva Le Gallienne, Westport
Interieur (1951). Edgar Fernhout (Dutch, 1912-1974). Centraal Museum Utrecht.
In his early period, Fernhout painted still lifes and portraits. He was initially influenced by his mother’s realistic style. He began to experiment with other styles and subjects, but through the influence of his mother, he returned to a precise realism.
Reading by Candlelight (by 1870). Attributed to Petrus van Schendel (Belgian, 1806–1870). Oil on wood.
In the 19th century, Petrus van Schendel acquired great fame with his representations of candlelight scenes. The artist brilliantly employed the ever changing quality of light to reveal the world of the night. In this work, the candle provides the only light but it creates varying degrees of brightness. The woman is able to read her book but items in the background are in almost total darkness.
Willem Johannes Weissenbruch
Lisa Fonssagrives reading with dog. Photo by Irving Penn. Vogue, July 1, 1952.
In 1947, Penn was asked to make a group portrait of the twelve most photographed beauties of that era. At that session, he met Lisa Fonssagrives, a Swedish-born beauty at the height of her glory. She was a few years older than he and worldlier, having lived for some time in artistic circles in Paris. (Like her first husband, she began as a dancer.) She and Penn fell in love, and they were married in 1950.