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Saturday, May 14, 2016

A painting from the past


 I was most taken by this picture inside the Hilliard home in Michigan, which just gives such a great glimpse into the lives of the occupants.  I may not know what the two tubes are leaning next to the piano, but my eye was caught by the painting above them.

The photo I'm working from is a photo of a page of a photo album, taken several decades ago. The one I'm interested in is the lower middle photo.

I don't think any of those people are related to my sons' father.
This painting is probably still in the family of my ex-husband.  It was hanging in the guest bedroom the first time I visited and met his parents.  I don't remember the story behind it.  Perhaps his mother painted it, or was the model, or one of her relatives.  It's done in lovely pastel colors, mainly blues and a bit of pink, if I remember correctly.  It reminded me of Whistler's work.  Probably because of a long gowned young woman holding a fan!

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I see some printing happening.



I wondered if I have any photos the prints I made in Art School? Not likely.
I do have a few in a box somewhere at the back of a closet...waiting till I get famous.  Right.

12 comments:

  1. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the tubes was fly rod holders.

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  2. What a wonderful interior and an intriguing glimpse at a family's life. (I think those 'tubes' are the back posts of a rocking chair in the foreground.)

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    1. Vicki, I just went back for a closer look and I think you are right!

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  3. I think the two tubes you're looking at are part of the chair back? I also have a print in my house of a young girl at a piano with a woman watching her that fascinates me even though I know they're not related to my family. Funny how certain things catch your fancy.

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  4. It's funny how paintings can evoke strong memories! And, by the way, those tubes may be fishing rod carriers!

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  5. Love the tennis racket. Is that a glimpse of an overturned chair in the adjacent room. Wonderful rich photo.

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  6. Like you, I've often been struck by SOMETHING - an object, a picture - and years later find myself thinking about it and wondering whatever became of it.

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  7. I think those tubes might be part of a vacuum cleaner sitting on the floor? Not sure. I like the way you compared Whistler's painting with the one found on the photo album page.

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  8. I believe Jodi has it - they look like the dining chair back - seen from the side. It’s a wonderfully detailed pictured and that painting must have had a charm all of its own.

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  9. Well that's a fun interior and yes, the tubes do make you wonder. But I agree with others, chair back. Would certainly be nice to see that painting.

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  10. What a great photo. So interesting and yes, you feel, the occupants are just out of sight, going about their business.

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  11. I was impressed by the detail that you got in the enlargement of the picture on the wall. A rather hauntingly beautiful picture.

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