The Quiet of the Year

The last week of the year and the first of the new year 

family close; padding about the house

often unresolved tensions among family members flaming into view and sound

the children have their new toys; and go to bed late

visits from friends and neighbours

dishes of left-overs

afternoon naps after a walk after a meal

watching old films; and the latest sports

people strumming on guitars and banjos

board games for adults, old style.


It’s everyone just sitting around and lying about while the old year runs off with the strange and bewildering things it brought.

Holding close to each other and hoping for a good year ahead for everyone.



One of several rooms decorated for Christmas at Winterthur, Delaware, legacy of Henry Francis du Pont.

The Blue Room has wallpaper of 18th century views of Italian landscape

 Christmas Tree still up.  Champagne on ice for midnight of the New Year





Interior with Young Couple, 1662-65, oil on canvas.   Pieter de Hooch, 1629-1684, Dutch.  Metropolitan Museum of Art




The Visit, oil on wood, 1657.  Pieter de Hooch, 1629-1684, Dutch.  Metropolitan Museum of Art




Lucien Gilbert, c. 1905, oil on canvas.  Andre Derain, 1880-1954. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.  Gilbert was  a childhood friend of the artist.




The Visitor, 1881, softground etching, aquatint, etching and drypoint.  Mary Cassatt, 1844-1926, American. ?National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC




Leisure Time in an Elegant Setting, oil on canvas, 1663-65.  Pieter de Hooch, 1629-1684, Dutch.  Robert Lehman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art




Married Children of Joseph and Sarah Robson Lea with their Children, 1843, silhouettes, cut paper mounted on paper with details drawn in graphite, white chalk and pen and black and brown inks and brown wash. Augustin Amant Constant Fidele Edouart, 1789-1861, French.  Philadelphia Art Museum

The painter came to Philadelphia from France and made at least 350 portraits of citizens of the city.





 Gustave Caillebotte’s Woman Reading.  Oil on canvas, 1880.  Gustave Caillebotte, 1848-1894, French. On loan to the Brooklyn Museum in 2009.

The oddest perspective.





Interior, 1916, oil on beaverboard.  Edwin Walter Dickinson, 1891-1978, American.  Philadelphia Art Museum




Egg Beater, V, 1930, oil on canvas.  Stuart Davis, 1892-1964, American.  MOMA, NY




Blue Armchair, oil on plywood panel, 1923.  Guy Pene du Bois, 1884-1958, American.  The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC




Central Park, NY, Winter, c. 1905, oil on canvas.  William Glackens, 1870-1935, American.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY




Pianist and Checker Players, 1924, oil on canvas.  Henri Matisse, 1869-1954, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC




Bethany (Mary and Martha), oil on linen.  Frank Galuszka, American born 1947.  The Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia.

From the Biblical story:  Martha was frustrated with her sister, Mary who never helped in the house and was a flirt (possibly a prostitute).  Jesus, who had raised their brother, Lazarus, from the dead, neverthess favoured Mary because she was open to his teachings.




Fidelma, oil on canvas, 1937.  Paul Cadmus, 1904-1999, American.  Delaware Art Museum




A Maid Asleep, 1656-57, oil on canvas.  Johannes Vermeer, 1632-75, Dutch.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY



Woman with Yellow Hair, 1931, oil on canvas.  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish.  Solomon R. Guggenheim, NY




Untitled, date unknown, woodcut.  Mitzi Melnicoff, 1922-72, American.  Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia




Domino Players, 1943, oil on composition board.  Horace Pippin, 1888-1946, American.  The Philipps Collection, Washington, DC




Benny and Mary Ellen Andrews, oil on canvas.  Alice Neel, 1900-1984, American. MOMA, NY




Boy with Toy Soldiers, c. 1876, oil on canvas.  Antonio Mancini, 1852-1930, Italian.  Philadelphia Museum of Art




Card Players, 2006, chromogenic transparency in lightbox.  Jeff Wall, Canadian born 1946.

This is a staged allusion to Cezanne’s Card Players



The word game Scrabble  



Maine Portrait (portrait of the artist’s daughter), 2016, oil on canvas.  Elizabeth Osborne, American born 1936.  Exhibited at Woodmere Museum in 2018




The Repose, 1908, oil on canvas.  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish.  MOMA, NY




Duncan Grant with a Cold, c. 1918, oil on plywood.  Vanessa Bell, 1879-1969, British.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. 

 Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf, lived with and painted with Duncan Grant, briefly her lover, for many years.




Laurette in a Green Robe, Black Background, 1916, oil on canvas.  Henri Matisse, 1869-1954, French.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY





A View From the Box, 2016, plaster model cast.  Christopher Smith, American, born 1958.  Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia






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