Thursday, October 10, 2019

Beauty Is Indispensible

Two oil portraits I've shown before hang together in the Canadian galleries. George Berthon painted Mrs. John Beverly Robinson in 1845, at left. At right is Miss Amelia Boddy, also done in the same year by John Bell-Smith.

Florence Carlyle painted Grey And Gold around 1910.

The Art Lover is an 1899 oil painting by Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote.

Logging is the title of this large 1888 oil painting by George A. Reid, depicting the clearing of logs from a farm.

Nearby is a display case of Haida regalia, some of which is still occasionally used in ceremonies by its owner, a Haida chief. I've been in here before and found the robe temporarily removed for that purpose.

Here we have the other interior courtyard, which is arranged around a reflecting pool.

Some of the sculptures in this space are by the artist Alfred Laliberte.

Intricate items in this display case include totems, walking stick, hat, or chest, and are done by a husband and wife pair of the Haida people, Charles and Isabella Edenshaw.

This bust is from Alfred Laliberte, this time in marble. Head of A Woman, done sometime between 1923-28, is allegorical.

For today I finish off with Winter Landscape, another painting by Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote, done in 1909.


  1. "The Art Lover" sure is my favorite. And, again, the courtyard with the water.

  2. Wonderful paintings!
    That is stunning that Haida chief are using temporary once this costume . What kind of ceremonies are those?

  3. How soft and gently the first three women were portrayed. Loved the reflecting pool too, what a fabulous add to a gallery.

  4. Uma bela exposição, gostei e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  5. It's good to re-visit this lovely gallery.

  6. very cool. love the outfit. ( ;
    boy this week flew by. friday tomorrow!!

  7. Very nice exhibition. I like the paintings very much. :-)

  8. I enjoy the really old paintings, as they reflect a time prior to photography!
    I enjoyed the regalia. It is so time to recognize First Nations in Canada.

  9. Alas, once again, I have fallen behind in blog reading, William, but I just enjoyed the time spent looking at your recent museum posts. Sad to say, it' been quite awhile since I've visited a museum myself and there are so many in the New England area and close by in Boston so no excuses, just time management. That said, thanks for the tour through ones you have visited, much appreciated and enjoyed. Also, I liked the new header with fall colors.

  10. Beautiful paintings, but I specially like those Haida regalia.

  11. Thanks for sharing...I love the Native arts, as anyone can see on my blog!...but also am thrilled by the artists who took sketches out in the field then arranged the wonderful paintings, like the wood clearing and the snow!


  12. these are all artists I've never heard of.

  13. @John: that they are.

    @Cloudia: very much so.

    @Iris: both stand out well.

    @Ella: Haida ceremonies can be about significant occasions, they can be about teaching. One of their ceremonies is the potlatch, which is about giving.

    @Agnes: it is quite an institution.

    @Gemel: that it is.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: very much so.

    @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @DJan: so do I.

    @Jennifer: very much so.

    @Beatrice: you should get to some of them.

    @Jan: they stand out well.

    @Barbara: you're welcome.

    @Red: I'm getting more familiar with them.

  14. Grey and Gold and The Art Lover are my two favorites here. Don't you sometimes marvel at the amount of talent in this world?

  15. The winter landscape is a real masterpiece.

  16. There is a wonderful mixture of pieces and styles in the work that they show in the museum.

  17. The ceremonial robe is fascinating. A tailored suit can't compete with such beauty.

  18. A wonderful collection of paintings. I do like The Art Lover, it does look realistic.

  19. Wonderful series of art treasures ~ love the Haida regalia ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. @Sharon: I do.

    @Marie: it is!

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Italiafinlandia: I think so too.

    @RedPat: there is indeed.

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Carol: so do I.

    @Bill: definitely.

  21. I think my favorite is the one of the loggers.

  22. The artifacts all are very nice, but today I'm especially drawn to the paintings. The women are lovely, the men, and the weather, strong.

  23. Great selection of pieces today!

  24. You seem to be attracted to many of the paintings that I think I would pick out as well. I really do love the gold with the woman and the piano. But I like many of them.

  25. Wonderful series of artworks William, I think my fav one here is The Art Lover' ✨

  26. You've shown some wonderful paintings here William.

    All the best Jan

  27. @Revrunner: it's a good one.

    @Joanne: I agree.

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Jeanie: I love time spent with art.

    @Grace: it's a good one.

    @Jan: thank you.