#Friday Painting: Émile Joachim Constant Puyo “The Straw Hat”

The Straw Hat Today’s painting is a photograph by the French photographer, Émile Joachim Constant Puyo, who lived from 1857 to 1933. I confess that I have never heard of this photographer/artist so chose to feature Émile Puyo’s photograph, “The Straw Hat,” to gain insight into his work and the time when photography was inContinue reading “#Friday Painting: Émile Joachim Constant Puyo “The Straw Hat””

#FridayPainting: French Photographer “Colette”

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, (1873-1954) was a French author, mime, actress, journalist and woman of letters. Known simply as ‘Colette”, she lived during a time of great change and through the tragic upheaval of two world wars. And yet, she stated “Be happy. It’s oneContinue reading “#FridayPainting: French Photographer “Colette””

August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier

Gertrude’s marriage, which promised so much on her 1874 wedding/birthday, was a misery, but it gave her three children: 1875 – Frederick William, 1878 – Gertrude Elizabeth and 1880 – Hermine Mathide. Divorce was unthinkable in the Victorian age.  In 1880, with the birth of their last child, Eduard and Gertrude began to live separateContinue reading “August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier”

August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier

This past month, I have learned a great deal about Gertrude Käsebier’s story. It is a narrative reflected and magnified in her photography. She lived during the women’s suffrage movement, a struggle that seemed to resonate within her personal experience. John W. Stanton, her father, was a self-made man (owned and operated a saw millContinue reading “August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier”

August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier

The key to artistic photography is to work out your own thoughts, by yourselves. Imitation leads to certain disaster. New ideas are always antagonized. Do not mind that. If a thing is good it will survive.” Gertrude Käsebier Chasing Art is dedicating the month of August to Gertrude Käsebier, the legendary photographer who captured theContinue reading “August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier”