Thursday, May 26, 2011

Portrait of Madam T

Edmund Tarbell, a Boston artist, painted this portrait of his wife in 1888.  He called it Portrait of Madam T, a puckish reference to an earlier scandalous portrait by John Singer Sargent of a woman with a plunging neckline, which Sargent called Portrait of Madame X.

This painting is in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, which offered a dry and pleasant refuge during last week's rainstorms. The blue skies have returned, so I can begin showing outdoor pictures again.

19 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Not a bad place to take shelter Jack, and we get to see some portraits, it's all good!!

Susie said...

Nice wife portrait:)

Regina K said...

That coat and painting go well together. I like inside shots too, especially art museums.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is an enriching series of the museum. We don't have as many portrait galleries in Arizona, nor very many philanthropists, as the population was small until about 50 years ago. T

he best nearby portrait gallery is the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena, which is the legacy of a captain of industry from 100 years ago. It contains Gainsborogh's "Blue Boy" and many other portraits, primarily British.

brattcat said...

wonderful red echo here.

Jacob said...

Hi Kitty! So, you snuck your camera into the museum and snuck a picture of a woman with a plunging neckline.

I really like you!

EG Wow said...

I love that both women in this photo are wearing red. :)

jennyfreckles said...

A phrase came into my head seeing that...."That's my last duchess painted on the wall...". The first line of a poem by Robert Browning that I studied at school and haven't thought of since. I also like the two ladies in red.

joo said...

Ladies in Red:)
Superb photo Jack!

Sylvia K said...

Great place to avoid the rain and you got a terrific shot! Love that red dress! Always enjoy the bits of history that you add! Hope your week is going well, Jack! Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

Sylvia

Sequim Daily Photo said...

You inspire me to go to more museums with all your pictures in them. I've lived here for 7 years and never been to the museum. I will change that this year.

cieldequimper said...

Ahhh I'm so glad you changed your settings! I was looking up the Blogger Help forum and read that the advice was to switch from one's usual browser to Chrome. Now why would I want to do that, eh? :-)

I am REALLY enjoying this series. I love how you caught a lady in a red raincoat looking at this gorgeous painting. And the other day, I was going to say that your top photo made me want to glide through the yellow room, in an appropriate very long gown, to one of the chairs...

RedPat said...

How much did you pay that woman to pose with her red coat? She is perfect there. Love the portrait.

Dawn said...

I like it. No worries about your inside shots...we love them.
I like the red and the red here...

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Beautiful portrait en rouge, created by an artist with a finely honed sense of humor... Red of one century admiring red of another. Perhaps it works both ways.

Bises,
Genie

Kate said...

Interesting to see the patron with the red coat admiring this wonderful portrait with the red dress!

After a full day without access to my blog and wasting lots of time trying to solve the problem, I was about ready to give up when, lo and behold, I'm back on google's blogspot. I'm pretty tired of it this past month though and may explore other blog options. Any ideas?

SRQ said...

Nice catch -- with the red & red. It seems they're admiring each other's hue selection.

Malyss said...

Two times, two women in red, two way to keep a memory of a woman... great shot! could be the beginning of a novel..

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, excellent! You've changed the comments feature and now I can leave a comment!

I love Madame X and I've seen a time or two.

Thanks for the idea to visit New Britain to see this red madame up close and personal!

Best,
Gina