Thomas Hovenden: His Life and Art

By Anne Gregory Terhune

After learning lower than Alexandre Cabanel on the École des Beaux Arts, Thomas Hovenden (1840-95) all started an exemplary occupation as a painter and instructor on the Pennsylvania Academy of the positive Arts. with his contemporaries there, Thomas Eakins and Thomas Anschutz, Hovenden got a name for being either an influential teacher and a skilled artist.

A reasonable style painter and recorder of daily actions similar to these regarding domestic and kinfolk, Hovenden had a selected present for selecting matters with huge popularity and attraction. His paintings displays a Victorian ethos; in contrast to many artists of the time, in spite of the fact that, Hovenden's paintings featured African American matters in household settings. His enterprise trust in sentiment and sweetness because the ambitions of creative objectives is obvious within the nostalgic work for which he's top identified, corresponding to The final Moments of John Brown, within which Brown is depicted preventing on his technique to the gallows to kiss a tender black child.

This first full-length research fosters a better knowing of Hovenden's presents as a painter and of his stylistic contribution to artwork. Chronologically equipped, it's either a retrospective of Hovenden's paintings and a serious biography of the artist. the quantity positive aspects a lot of his work, stories, and sketches, a few reproduced for the 1st time.

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Deepest assortment. domestic existence a hundred and ten. Helen Corson Hovenden, picture of Thomas Hovenden portray Breaking domestic Ties, with son, Thomas Hovenden, Jr. in his studio (fig. 110). In deciding upon spare, powerful, and self-sufficient furniture—plain American “stick” development, bent-bow, and comb-back Windsor chairs—as furniture for a standard American domestic, Hovenden selected fabric artifacts that prompt continuity with the nation’s colonial earlier. nine As in Hovenden’s Breton work, the atmosphere for the scene and the furniture extra underscore nostalgia for a less complicated, purer time unspoiled through industrialization and urbanization.

Painters— United States—Biography. three. style portray, American—19th century. I. Scanlan, Patricia Smith. II. identify. ND237. H777 T47 2005 759. 13B 22 2005045658 textual content layout by means of George Lang Frontispiece: The outdated e-book Salesman, 1881. Oil on canvas, 19 x 15 in. deepest assortment. web page xii: The Poacher’s tale (also referred to as Hunter’s story, Brittany), 1880. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 14 ‫ן‬ 171⁄4 in. Allison Gallery, long island. CONTENTS Publisher’s notice vii record of Illustrations ix Foreword, Elizabeth Johns xiii bankruptcy .

Within the Woods, ca. 1873. eleven nine. Winslow Homer, The Initials, 1864. 12 10. Self-Portrait, ca. 1873. thirteen eleven. girl Tending vegetation, 1873. 15 12. Eastman Johnson, Catching the Bee, 1872. sixteen thirteen. A Reverie, 1873. 17 14. Eastman Johnson, now not at domestic, 1872–80. 18 15. Alexandre Cabanel, start of Venus, 1863. 22 sixteen. Alexandre Cabanel, Study,Triumph of plants, 1870–72. 23 17. photo of accommodation at the Seine’s left financial institution at 15 rue Jacob. 24 18. examine of an previous girl, ca. 1874–75. 25 19. Self-Portrait of the Artist in His Studio, 1875.

Alexandre Cabanel, Study,Triumph of plants, 1870–72. 23 17. photo of accommodation at the Seine’s left financial institution at 15 rue Jacob. 24 18. learn of an outdated woman, ca. 1874–75. 25 19. Self-Portrait of the Artist in His Studio, 1875. 26 20. learn of a Bearded guy, ca. 1874–75. 28 21. Alexandre Cabanel, Othello touching on His Adventures, 1857. 29 22. Alexandre Cabanel, The Choir Director’s Widow (La veuve du maître de chapelle). 30 23. Artists in entrance of Gloanec Pension, ca. 1876–80. 32 24. William Lamb Picknell, street to Concarneau, 1880.

Looking back Hovenden stated, “I rather used to be pondering extra of John Brown than i used to be of myself or my acceptance, while I IMAGES TO “APPEAL TO THE nationwide brain” chosen this incident [of the mummy and child]. ” still, in deciding on the painting’s concentration, Hovenden basically thought of what his consumer sought after. Battell, in the end, had commissioned the portray, issued advances to the artist, and might pay for the completed paintings. the final feedback usually raised concerning the final Moments of John Brown used to be its loss of drama.

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