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16 August 2005

Bedroom Art...


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he other day when I put up the list of 7 things, in it I mentioned that I had 3 wall hangings in my bedroom. Someone emailed me and asked if I could put them on here. So, since I am an accommodating person, here they are in no particular order:

This first one called "The Sleepers" and depicts 3 girls resting. Two of the girls appear to be asleep but the third girl, ever watchful keeps staring at me. Laugh. Of the 3 hangings in my room, I've had this one the longest and like it the best. It's been in various rooms in the past but seems to go well in the bedroom.

It's called "The Dreamers" and was done by Albert Joseph Moore. Moore was born in York, England 4 September 1841 and died in 1893. He had 14 brothers and sisters all of whom were artists of some sort.










I bought the next one a few years ago when I moved into this apartment. To me it depicts running away from the past. The couple running looks back at something they obviously don't like or afraid of in some sense. Perhaps running towards a new life or beginning. Unfortunately I know nothing about the artist and there is no indication on the print itself as to the artist or origins.



However, I do notice a style here very similar to that of William Adolphe Bouguereau. As a young man, Bouguereau put himself through the Ecole des Beaux-Arts by keeping books for a wine merchant. In his spare time, late in the evening, he created drawings from memory. This diligence and discipline resulted in an extrordinarily productive artistic life. Bouguereau produced more than seven hundred finished works and achieved a remarkable level of public acclaim and financial success. And yes, she is totally nude under that flimsy gown. woo-hoo!

However, thanks to Nori in the comments section she recognized it and it all came flooding back. Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883) was a French painter of the Academic Classicism school who created several works of lasting popularity, including Les Printemps, featuring two young lovers sitting upon a swing, and The Storm. Both these paintings have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; The Storm belongs to the museum while Les Primtemps is owned privately. A number of his paintings are in the collection of The Louvre in Paris.

Cot also was renowned for his portraits, which made up the majority of his work. The more enduring figurative work, such as The Storm, is comparatively rare. Thank you to Nori!




The third and final one is huge. It is very large and extremely heavy and I can't imagine how I even hung it. I think I used railroad spikes to hang it.



It's called An Allegorical Ceiling Painting by Edward Francis Burney. Many nights I have laid in bed looking at it and trying to depict a story or something to give me a clue as to what it was saying.

Burney was born in London, 7 September 1760



So gang, that's the nickle tour of my bedroom art. I know, I know... y'all thought my bedroom was some super studs room with all kinds of porno and gadgetry.

Sorry, just a very normal, quiet place. Someplace where I can relax and have Enigma, Pavoratti or Sarah Brightman waifting through the air. So nice...

Observations and Questions
So.... what's hanging in YOUR bedroom? Is there anything else in my apartment that you would like a picture of or a tour of?

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