The Lovers’ Almanac 14 January – Her – art by Henri Fantin-Latour & Berthe Morisot

Dear Zazie,  Here is today’s Lovers’ Almanac from Mac Tag dedicated to his muse.  Rhett

The Lovers’ Almanac 

Dear Muse,

to be or not to be
these are the thoughts
that seize my nights
and govern my days

my friends
i hear the chorus
i love your concern
but i believe
solitude chooses
some of us
and it becomes
a first, best destiny

whoa, hold on playa
it is not that i do not
want your body
it is your mind
that i really want
that is where you keep
your beauty and sorrow
show me that
the rest will follow
or not

come, be my Lady Brett
we will sip absinthe
by the fire and talk
of our hopes
and dreams

come, enter this vision…
me, white dinner jacket tux
you in a killer black dress
we waltz the night away

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it is not what she did
this mornin’
at first light

accounts for the smile

it is,
that she plans
to do it again

this evenin’

only the mouth,
oh that mouth
ever

lettin’ on

it is not the mouth
exactly

it is not the eyes
exactly either

it is not even
exactly the smile

it is all of it
it is her

and i want some more

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Henri Fantin-Latour, Self-portrait (1859), Museum of Grenoble

Today is the birthday of Henri Fantin-Latour (Grenoble, Isère 14 January 1836 – 25 August 1904 Buré, Orne in Lower Normandy); French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers.

Gallery

Henri Fantin-Latour – A Studio at Les Batignolles, Un atelier aux Batignolles, parody, “Worshipping Manet”, 1870

In 1875, Henri Fantin-Latour married a fellow painter, Victoria Dubourg, after which he spent his summers on the country estate of his wife’s family at Buré, Orne in Lower Normandy, where he died.  He was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, France.

Henri Fantin-Latour – By the Table

Peonies

The temptation of St. Anthony

Henri Fantin-Latour – Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit

Henri Fantin-Latour – Flowers and Fruit

Henri Fantin-Latour – Vase of Flowers
  •  
  • Portrait of Charlotte Dubourg, 1882, Paris, musée d’Orsay

  • Sonia, 1890, National Gallery of Art

  • Édouard Manet, 1867, Art Institute of Chicago

  • Madame Lerolle 1882

  • Dawn

  • Roses,

  • Danae

  • Venus and Cupido, (1867).

  • La Lecture, 1877, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

  • Still Life, primroses, pears and promenates, 1873

  • Vase of Roses 1875

  • Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1865

Berthe Morisot
Madame Eugène Manet
Berthe Morisot, 1875.jpg

Berthe Morisot, 1875

Today is the birthday of Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (Bourges, Cher; January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895 Paris); painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists.  In 1864, she exhibited for the first time in the esteemed Salon de Paris.  Sponsored by the government, and judged by Academicians, the Salon was the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris.  Her work was selected for exhibition in six subsequent Salons until, in 1874, she joined the “rejected” Impressionists in the first of their own exhibitions, which included Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley.

She was married to Eugène Manet, the brother of her friend and colleague Édouard Manet.

Gallery

Berthe Morisot, Portrait de Mme Morisot et de sa fille Mme Pontillon ou La lecture (The Mother and Sister of the Artist – Marie-Joséphine & Edma) 1869/70

Berthe Morisot, The Cradle, 1872, Musée d’Orsay

Berthe Morisot, Grain field, c.1875, Musée d’Orsay

Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets (in mourning for her father), 1872, Musée d’Orsay

In 1868 Morisot became friends with Édouard Manet who painted several portraits of her, including a striking study in a black veil while in mourning for her father.  Correspondence between them shows affection, and Manet gave her an easel as a Christmas present.

Morisot drew Manet into the circle of painters who became known as the Impressionists.  In 1874, she married Manet’s brother, Eugène

Jeune Fille au Manteau Vert by Berthe Morisot. Oil on canvas, circa 1894

Bergère nue couchée (Shepherdess – reclining nude) by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot, The Artist’s Daughter Julie with her Nanny, c. 1884. Minneapolis Institute of Art

Morisot died of pneumonia contracted while attending to her daughter Julie’s similar illness, and thus orphaning her at the age of 16.  She was interred in the Cimetière de Passy.

La Coiffure

Portraits of Berthe Morisot

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