The Red Sisterhood

Who is it who says that red is a difficult colour to wear?  Really? 

 

 

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Courtly Scene, c. 1525-30, oil on wood panel.  Unknown artist, Netherlandish or German.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

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The Girl With the Red Hat, 1665, oil on panel.  Johannes Vermeer, 1632 – 1675, Dutch.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

 

 

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Madonna and Child, oil on wood, late in the artist’s life.  Andrea del Sarto (Andrea del Agnolo), 1486-1530.

This was created as a private devotional image.

 

 

 

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Red Madras Headdress, 1909, oil on canvas.  Henri Matisse, 1869-1954, French.  The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

 

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Dance in Tehuantepec, 1928,0il on canvas.  Diego Rivera, 1886-1967, Mexican.  Exhibited in the winter of 2016 at the Philadelphia Art Museum in an exhibition about the art of the Mexican Revolution. 

 

 

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At the Lapin Agile, 1905, oil on canvas.  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

The museum’s notes say:  a self-portrait of Picasso with his recent lover, Germaine Pinchot, the former lover and obsession of Picasso’s friend, Carles Casagemas who killed himself in 1901.  This painting was the only Picasso work on view in Paris between 1905 and 1912 when it was sold.  It was commissioned by the proprietor of the cabaret in Montmartre, Fredo Gérard, who is seen in the background.

 

 

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Alex Katz’s oil on canvas of 1982, Red Coat, on loan to the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York in 2016.  Alex Katz, born 1927, American.

 

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Mrs. Hugh Hammersley, oil on canvas, 1892, by John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925, American. Metropolitan Musuem of Art. 2016

 

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Unknown provenance found on the web.  Undated.

 

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Three Women by a Garden, 1922, oil on canvas.  Fernand Leger, 1881-1955, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

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Spring, c. 1937/38-43, oil on canvas.  Francis Picabia, 1879-1953, French.  Menil Collection, Houston, on loan in the winter of 2016/7 to MOMA, NY

 

 

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Lady in a Park, 1914, oil on canvas.  August Macke, German, 1887-1914. MOMA, New York. 2016

 

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A Rose (Rebecca H. Whelan) 1907; and detail. Oil on canvas; Thomas Anschutz, American, 1851-1912.  Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2016

 

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Giambattista  Valli, Italian, Fall 2014 couture

 

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Dancer at Pigalle’s, 1912, oil and sequins on sculpted gesso on artist’s canvasboard.  Gino Severini, 1863-1966, Italian.  Baltimore Museum of Art.

 

 

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The Kiss, 1925-26, oil and enamel paint on canvas.  Francis Picabia, French, 1879-1953. On loan to MOMA, NY 2016-2017

     

 

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From the Spring 2017 show of Simon Porte Jacquemus, Paris, Autumn 2016

 

 

A woman waiting for a train, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 2010

 

 

 

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The Mirror, 1925, oil on canvas.  Fernand Leger, 1881-1955, French.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

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Paris, Rue de Parme on Bastille Day, 1890, oil on canvas.  Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

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The Red Shawl, c. 1890; oil on canvas.  Thomas Eakins, 1844-1916, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

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Portrait of Madeleine Castaing, oil on canvas, c. 1929.  Chaim Soutine, 1893-1943, French born Lithuania.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

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At the Moulin Rouge:  The Dance, 1890, oil on canvas.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

Self-portrait of Francoise Gilot, born 1921, France.  Painted when she was 22. I do not know what became of this painting.

 

 

 

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A photo taken by Landen Nordman for the NY Times at the Tom Ford, fall 2018 Read To Wear show in New York

 

 

Frantisek Kupka, Mme. Kupka Among Verticals, 1910-11. MOMA-1

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Mme. Kupka (whose husband has given her a range of colours to wear if she feels like it) among The Verticals, 1910-11.   And details. Oil on canvas.   A painting of Frantisek Kupka, Czech, 1871-1957. MOMA, NY. 2016 

 

 

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The Crossing, oil on panel, unknown date (after 2016). Mark Demsteader, British born 1973.

(Painting was noted (2018) on the artist’s website as ‘sold’ but I do not know to whom or where)

 

 

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A Widow, oil on canvas, 1943.  Jean Dubuffet, 1901-1985, French.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

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2015 Summer Collection of the Korean-American designer and philanthropist, Christina Kim, in a display in London

 

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Panel, lacquered wood and copper powder.  Jean Dunand,  1877-1942, French born Switzerland. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

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The Red Shawl, 1909, oil on canvas.  Robert Henri, 1869-1929, American. Baltimore Art Museum

 

 

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Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) and detail, oil on canvas, 1957.  Fairfield Porter, 1907-1975, American.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

Molly Goddard, British fashion designer, born 1988;  March 2017, Paris

 

 

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Maria, 1907-1910, oil on canvas.  Kees Van Dongen, 1877-1968, French.  Robert Lehman Collection, Metropolitan Museum, NY

 

 

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Self-portrait in Velvet, 1926, oil on canvas.  Frieda Kahlo, 1907-1954, Mexican.  Exhibited in the winter of 2016 at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

 

 

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Jun Takahashi for Underwear, Fashion Month, March 2017, Paris

 

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Reds on a street in the Jain holy city, Palitana, Gujerat, India, 2010

 

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A  portion of a panel of a suite of 10 panels from America Today, 1930-’31, egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior.  Thomas Hart Benton, American, 1889-1975, American.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Originally made for the board room and a class room of the New School for Social Research, NY.

 

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A portion of a panel from America Today, 1930-’31, egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior.  Thomas Hart Benton, American, 1889-1975, American.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.    Originally made for the board room and a class room of the New School for Social Research, NY.

 

 

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Young Girl, oil on canvas, 1912.  Jacques Villon (Gaston Duchamp), 1875-1963.  I do not recall where I saw this.

 

 

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The Little Concert and detail, 1968, oil on canvas.  Marc Chagall, 1887-1985, French born Russia.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

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The Red Jacket, 1910, oil on canvas. Romaine Brooks,  1874-1970,  American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.

 

 

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Stencil, spray paint, 2004.  Mircea Cantor, Romanian, born 1977.  Philadelphia Art Museum

The Museum notes that in 2000, the artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought the copyright to the Japanese  comic character AnnLee in order to use her in their art.  They also invited a number of peer artists to do the same.

Two years later they attempted to block further use of this character’s image by transferring these rights to an independent AnnLee Association.

Mircea Cantor then inserted this image into a museum context to refute the notion that the meaning of images can be exhausted by their ownership. 

The salient word, of course, is ‘meaning’ because copyright runs everywhere and there are always hierarchies of power trying to own and control whatever they want to.

 

 

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Portrait of a Lady, oil on wood panel, 1577-80.  Attribute to El Greco, Spanish born Crete, 1541-1614.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

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A Lady Playing the Tampura, ink, opaque and transparent watercolour, and gold on paper.  Kishangarh atelier, c. 1735, Rajasthan, India.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

Comme des Garcons, Spring 2017 collection.  Paris, Autumn 2016

 

 

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 Nicole, 2014; oil on canvas. Alex Katz, American, born 1927.  On loan in 2016 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Lie,  oil on artist’s board, 1897.  Felix Valotton, 1865-1925, French born Switzerland.  Baltimore Museum of Art. 

Originally one of 10 woodcuts on the vagaries of the married life, this one scene to be later produced in this painting.

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The Three Sisters, 1896, oil on canvas.  Leon Frederic, 1856-1940, Belgian.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

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Detail showing the artist herself in Miss Liberty Celebration, 1987, oil on cardboard painted by the self-taught artist, Malcah  Zeldis, born 1931, American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.

 

 

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) and detail, oil on canvas, 1968 acrylic on canvas.  The Art Institute of Chicago on loan in 2017 to the Metropolitan Museum, NY

 

 

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Comme des Garcons, Japanese.  Red wool-nylon flannel, patent leather, polyester georgette, and cotton lawn. 2015.  Displayed in 2016 at the Costume Institute, the Metropolitan Museum, New York

 

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Helen at the Easel, 1947, casein tempera underpaint, and oil-varnish glaze on panel.  A portrait by John Sloan (1871-1951) of his second wife.  Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

 

 

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Portrait of Sarah Ruth Wood Ferguson (1890-1969), oil on canvasboard, 1943.  Violet Oakley, 1874-1961, American

  Collection of George McNeely IV, on loan to the Woodmere Museum in 2017

 

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Woman in a Striped Dress, 1895, oil on canvas.  Edouard Vuillard, 186-1940, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

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An Actress, Portrait of Suzanne Santje, 1903, oil on canvas. Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 – 1916, Philadelphia Musuem of Art.2014

 

A purple framed by red

 

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The Purple Dress, 1908-1910, oil on canvas.  William Glackens, 1870-1938, American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

 

 

And the great threatrical red:

 

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King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1 and detail; oil on canvas,  1898.  Edwin Austin Abbey, American,  1852-1911, American.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Red Sisterhood

  1. Waiting for you? Just the one who has been waiting for months and months……..I was going to add that your last excuse was the presence of your wife. But has she not been away among the Great Talkers?

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