In the Garden at Villiers-le-Bel (1889). Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935). Oil on canvas.
It is scenes of women and flower gardens that are a genre for which Hassam is particularly recognized and which comprise the subject of some of his most memorable images. In the garden at Villiers-le-Bel, pots of brilliant flowers take center stage. The flowers in small pots await planting while the lady (perhaps Hassam’s wife) reads in comfort.
"Books were safer than other people anyway." - Neil Gaiman
Villa Britannia, Belgium (1885). Christian Krohg (Norwegian, 1852-1925). Oil on canvas. Nasjonalmuseet for Konst, Oslo.
Krohg’s powerful and straightforward style made him one of the leading figures in the transition from romanticism to naturalism, characteristic of Norwegian art in this period. Through his periodic residence at Skagen, where he arrived for the first time in 1879, he had great influence on Anna and Michael Ancher, and provided early support to Edvard Munch.
Woman reading c.1912, by Karl Alexander Wilke
(by Steffi Au)