Monday, October 5, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 14, 1910

"January 14 -

Sewed hard on my red dress and helped mama this afternoon. I wanted to go to school but they wouldn't let me. My cold isn't any better."

found photograph (Pure Drugs / Popular Prices / Muller's Drugstore)

found photograph (American Red Cross)

found photograph (American Red Cross)

Edvard Munch, The Sick Child, 1885-86, oil on canvas, The National Gallery, Oslo

"The Sick Child, an image that recalls Munch's excruciating memory of his sister Sophie's death from tuberculosis in 1877 is one of his most personal and pivotal motifs... According to the artist, the painted version underwent numerous reworkings over the course of a year as he struggled to formulate the image. His models, his aunt Karen Bjolstad and the maid Betzy Nielsen, reenacted for Munch the death of his sister. Collaborating with his aunt in such a way, Munch created a point of continuity between the traumatic event in his family's past and the motif that came to represent it." (source for quote: Munch and Women: Image and Myth, by Patricia G. Berman and Jane Van Nimmen, Art Services International, Alexandria, VA, ©1997)

"The ailing child was a popular theme among artists in the years when Munch painted his picture. Munch himself described the period as "the age of the pillow". Both (Christian) Krohg and Hans Heyerdahl painted popular and highly acclaimed scenes with sick and dying children. These works are part of the background for Munch's picture.

The importance of "The Sick Child" was recognised from the outset, and as early as 1886 it was being described as a masterpiece. Munch returned to the motif later in his career, creating many different versions using a wide variety of techniques. With six paintings and a large number of works on paper produced over a period of almost 40 years, it is among the themes he explored most frequently." (source for quote & image: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo)

The Vapors - Turning Japanese

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