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Mrs. Fiske & Earlier Broadway

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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All the research that RT is doing on his acting granddad may have to do with more than family genealogy. Broadway before the Depression was an amazing place. Take, for instance, this picture of Minnie Maddern Fiske, famous actress and wife of one of the more important men on Broadway at the turn of the century, Harrison Grey Fiske. And what about the photographer? He was Fred Holland Day, a significant, if not very well known, photographer on Broadway. The connections go on and on…what a world!   RT

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topActress Minnie Maddern Fiske (between 1895 and 1912). LOC. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

bottom: Fred Holland Day (1911).  From the Louise Imogen Guiney Collection (Library of Congress). WikiCmns; Public Domain.


Osage Chief

February 5, 2014 2 comments

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Politics is the art of the possible. This old rubric takes on special intensity when we consider how to undo, to the extent possible, the damage to the native peoples done by the arrival and expansion of the European peoples in North America. Surely patience and goodwill (of the extraordinary kind) are required.

RT ran across this superb portrait of an Osage Indian Chief while doing research on the history and status of Indian reservations. He offers it here as a tribute to the pride, beauty, and native gift of America’s first inhabitants.


Portrait: Chief of the Little Osages; bust-length, profile showing hair style. (c. 1807) Artist: Charles B.J. de Saint-Memin. WikiCmns; Library of Congress. Public Domain.

Zinaida Serebriakova

January 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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Zenaida Serebriakova (1884-1967), Russian aristocrat through and through,  was nonetheless a revolutionary to the bone. One of Russia’s first woman visual artists of note, she was born into a refined family–the Benois, whose founding ancestor, Louis Jules Benois, was a confectioner (pardon the pun)  who settled in Russia after fleeing the French Revolution.

Serebriakova received thorough instruction in painting, studying under Osip Braz, spending time in Italy, and finishing with a period at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. She came to prominence when the above self-portrait, At the Dressing Table, was exhibited in 1909. A trip to Paris in 1924 to paint a large mural turned into decades-long exile when she was unable to return home. Her two younger children  joined her soon thereafter, but the Soviet government prevented her from resuming contact with her older children until the late 1950s.

Serebriakova traveled a great deal, especially in Africa, painting Arab and African women in native dress. Throughout her career, she remained dedicated to capturing the beauty of the world.


Self-Portrait: At the Dressing TableZenaida Serebriakova. 1909. (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow); WikCmns; Public Domain.


George Bizet, Etienne Carjat, and Crowdsourcing

October 25, 2013 1 comment

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RT has been testing the waters of crowdsourcing the last two weeks or so; he’s pretty sure that an upcoming post will detail his latest venture into economic self-sufficiency. In the meantime, he offers yet another superb portrait, this one of the composer George Bizet, by Etienne Carjat; your loyal publisher is willing to wager that some reflections on Carjat will appear in these pages before much longer.

There is also the matter of RT’s toothache and his search for affordable dentistry. Never a dull moment…    RT


Photo:  George Bizet (1875); Etienne Carjat. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Victor Hugo, Man of Letters

October 16, 2013 1 comment

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What a portrait! Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the great man of letters, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1832) and Les Miserables (1865), and champion of Republican government and the downtrodden. What a writer!    RT


Photograph: Victor Hugo (1876); Etienne Carjat. WikiCmns; Public Domain.



Charles Baudelaire–1862

September 27, 2013 2 comments

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Wow! It just doesn’t get more romantic (or gothic) than this…Charles Baudelaire, Mr. Fleurs du Mal, himself! The genius who did more to influence modern poetry than anyone else…    RT


RT’s Related Posts: 1) Tennyson, The Great Poet


Photo: Charles Baudelaire (c. 1862); Etienne Carjat. WikiCmns; Public Domain.




August 22, 2013 6 comments


a poignant tribute, an interesting blog…RT

(reposted from The Woman Next Door)



Self Portrait 9 – No Oil Painting.


a sweet self-portrait…   RT

(reposted from Helen’s Photomania Blog)


Self Portrait 9 – No Oil Painting..


RT’s Related Posts: 1) Boy in a Large Hat; 2) Navajo Chief, Edward Curtis.



beauty and wisdom…  RT

(reposted from Elena Arvasi Photography)





a beautiful image… RT

(reposted from Quirk’n It)