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Mary Cassatt was an American artist who spent most of her adult life in Paris and exhibited with the iconic Impressionists.  The theme of her works were often the private lives of women and the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

Because she was a woman, Cassatt could not study at the illustrious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, so she hired distinguished artists as personal instructors to hone her prodigious talent.  Edgar Degas noticed her work, befriending her and encouraging her as an artist.  It is said he observed that it was impossible to believe a woman could draw so well.  Not suprisingly, Cassatt was an active participant in the women’s sufferage movement.

The Bath, c. 1892.  Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Visit www.lisaconfetti.com to see jewelry celebrating history’s great artists, including Mary Cassatt.

The Cup of Tea, detail.  1880-81.  Collection of The Metropolitan Mueum of Art

Children Playing on the Beach, detail, 1884.  Collection of The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
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I’m celebrating Edgar Degas’ birthday one day late because his art is so gorgeous I couldn’t let the occasion slip by unrecognized.  And I usually relay a bit of information about my birthday artists, but not now.  His paintings are too beautiful for words.  Simply take a minute and enjoy.

Edgar Degas Dance Class

Dance Class, 1874
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Edgar Degas Waiting

Waiting, 1880-1882
Collection of Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
 

Edgar Degas Laundress

The Laundress, 1873
Collection of Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Degas Dancers in the Wing

Dancers in the Wings, 1880
Collection of Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Lisa Confetti necklace with Edgar Degas painting

Ballerina Bouquet necklace by Lisa Confetti

Edgar Degas The Ballerina

The Ballerina, 1876
Collection of San Diego Museum of Art

Lisa Confetti necklace with Edgar Degas painting

Performance necklace by Lisa Confetti

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car.y.at.id (kair-ee-AT-id) n.  Architecture.  A pillar sculpted in the form of a female figure.

Erechtheion, Athens, Greece

Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany

Book Tower, Detroit, Michigan

A.ma.de.o  Mo.digl.ia.ni (ah-may-DAY-o  mo-deel-YAH-nee) n.  Person. An Italian artist (1884-1920) who became known for paintings and sculptures in a moden style characterized by mask-like faces and elongation of form.

Caryatid, 1913
Collection of Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris

Caryatid, 1914
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Rose Caryatid, 1914
Collection of Norton Simon Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Li.sa Con.fet.ti (LEE-sa c’n-FET-ee) n. Business. A jewelry company that celebrates the world’s great artists.

Lisa Confetti reversible necklace, Caryatid
Showing Amedeo Modigliani, Caryatid, 1913
Collection of Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris

Lisa Confetti reversible Clementine necklace
Showing Caryatid, 1914
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Lisa Confetti Jeanne necklace
Showing Rose Caryatid, 1914
Collection of Norton Simon Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

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Raphael was born on April 6 1483.  He died on his birthday 37 years later.  Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the revered artistic trinity of the Italian Renaissance.  The Sistine Madonna was Raphael’s final painting, and the winged angels beneath Mary are the most famous (and incessantly reproduced) cherubs in the world.  Even Lisa Confetti couldn’t resist them.

Sistine Madonna, 1513-14.  Collection of Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden
Lisa Confetti Sistine Madonna
Lisa Confetti Mary and Angels reversible necklace

Raphael Cherubs

Reverse side of Lisa Confetti Mary and Angels necklace

Adjustable Lisa Confetti ring

You can find this jewelry and other pieces showcasing beautiful Madonna images at Lisa Confetti.

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Gustave Moreau based his lushly colorful and dreamlike paintings on biblical and mythological themes.  They are exotic and mysterious, visually rich and gorgeous to wear.   Lisa Confetti lets you wear them.

 Sappho, 1871-72.  Collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Lisa Confetti reversible Sappho necklace

 

Evening and Sorrow, 1882-84.  Collection of Clemens-Sels Museum, Neuss, Germany

 

Lisa Confetti Evening and Sorrow statement ring

 

Mystic Flower, 1875.  Collection of Musee Gustave Moreau, Paris

 

Lisa Confetti Mystic Flower necklace 

 

Le Lion Amoureaux, 1881.  Private collection

 

Lisa Confetti reversible Le Lion Amoureaux necklace

 

You can see all of these gorgeous pieces at www.lisaconfetti.com.  Lisa Confetti is jewelry that celebrates history’s great artists and lets you wear a masterpiece.

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Happy birthday to the artist who depicted love as we dream it will be. 

Flying Lovers, c. 1934-1947
Collection of Tate Gallery, London

A pioneer of the modern movement, Marc Chagall was one of the most successful artists of the twentieth century.  

He moved from Russia to Paris in his early twenties, and Russian Jewish folk culture and rural village life were life long subjects of his work.  His many images of floating lovers (often depicting the artist and his beloved wife, Bella) are tender in spirit and deeply joyous.  Love depicted as we dream it will be.

Promenade, 1917
Collection of The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

 

 

The Lisa Confetti Weightless necklace
Featuring Promenade by March Chagall

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My first job after graduating as an art major from Cal State Long Beach was at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where I was the secretary for the American art department (before secretaries were called administrative assistants).  I had the pleasure of working closely with associate curator, Ilene Susan Fort, and during my time at the museum she was in the early stages of conceiving a new exhibition, The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam.  Before the exhibition took place, I moved from Los Angeles back to San Diego, so unfortunately, I didn’t get to help with it.  But, when I dropped by the museum several years later, Ilene gave me a copy of the exhibition catalog, which she wrote.  (Note to self:  Look up Ilene Fort.)

When selecting a flag painting for my Hope necklace (and later for my Flag rings), I pulled out Ilene’s exhibition catalog and fell in love with The Avenue in the Rain (Flag Day), 1917 (shown left).  I especially liked the fact that the painting was in the collection of The White House.  Months later, I was watching Oprah Winfrey’s interview of newly inaugurated President Barack Obama, there was The Avenue in the Rain.  Hanging in The Oval Office!

The Avenue in the Rain (Flag Day), 1917, is one of a series of over 25 patriotically inspired flag paintings by Childe Hassam (1858-1935), a leading American impressionist artist.  Prominent and prolific, Hassam helped popularize the impressionist style among American collectors, and the paintings in his flag series are his most significant late works. 

The series was inspired by the May 13, 1916 Preparedness Day, an enormous parade along New York’s Fifth Avenue that was the first large scale public demonstration of support for US involvement in the European conflict that was to become World War I.  Staged along the most splendid parade route in the country, the Preparedness Day Parade numbered more than 137,000 marching laborers, businessmen, mothers, doctors and teachers.  The event lasted almost thirteen hours.

After years spent in Paris, Childe Hassam and his wife lived in New York, and his studio was a short walk from the parade route.  “I painted the flag series after we went into the war,” recalled the artist.  “There was that Preparedness Day, and I looked up the avenue and saw those wonderful flags waving, and I painted the series of flag pictures after that.”

Patriotic enthusiasm leading up to the war, intensified after the US entered the cause, providing Hassam numerous and varied opportunities to paint his flag subjects.  Increasingly elaborate war related ceremonies were staged, and when top ranking officials of each Allied country visited the United States, multiple parades numbered among the official ceremonies.  The flag of each country being honored flew throughout the city.

Allies Day, May 1917, 1917
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

 

Avenue of the Allies, Great Brittan, 1918
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

Thank you, Ilene.  I look forward to finding you!

And now, dear reader, here are images of some of Hassam’s earlier works.  I’m getting carried away, perhaps, but they are all so beautiful, I can’t stop myself from including them.  Enjoy.

 

Winter Midnight, 1894
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Rainy Day, c. 1889
Private Collection

 

Celia Thaxter’s Garden, Isles of Shoales, Maine, 1890
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

SOURCE

The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam, Ilene Susan Fort, 1988.  Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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