09 huhtikuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #134 - Warm and Cozy Inside

The week has been chilly with wind, rain and wet snow. For Friday the weather forecast
promises strong storm. I have spent my time mainly inside reading and Sissi sleeping.
This is one of her hiding places where she can sleap peacefully.

During Easter I read this fantastic biography of Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919)
written by Salla Leponiemi. I’ll leave here the link, in case you want to read,
there is Google translator. Elin lived in a time when it was extremely difficult for a female
artist to get the deserved acknowledgement.

This excellent portrait of her friend Hilma was harshly critizised by Finnish art critics
but gained the bronce medal the next year in Paris world fair 1889.

While married to Italian painter Raffaello Gambogi her husband had a short love affair 
with Elin’s good Finnish friend. The red, post-marital crisis self-portrait from 1903
is described in the book in this way: 

The small but intense self-portrait continues the tradition of Renaissance: 
a tightly cropped bust, a focused gaze and clenched lips. The connection to history is reinforced 
by the red velvet of the dress, a privilege allowed to an authoritative man in Italy 
during the Renaissance. At the same time, the image introduces a modern, unbreakable woman 
looking at the viewer from above. She can't be broken down. 
Elin's eyes look tired, the nights without sleep have drawn traces around them, 
but the gaze speaks of mental strength and vitality.

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Wishing a happy & sunny weekend!


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18 kommenttia:

  1. Good morning dear Riita,
    Sissi is of course the main character again. That's clear, just how it looks.
    But your book description is also interesting.
    It's nice that the picture was highly praised after all.
    It is often the case that some things are criticized and then afterwards get the praise they should have.
    Have a nice weekend Greetings Eva

  2. That is a great pose by Sissi in her sleeping place. Looks like a cute tent. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hopefully the storm will pass or not getting so bad that it causes damage, Wishing you all the best, greetings to you and strokers for Sissi


  4. Beautiful portraits! Enjoy your reading.

  5. Good Morning,
    oh Sissi and her Place are beautiful. Cats like it warm and cuddly, this is the perfect place.
    Greetings from Germany and have a nice weekend

  6. Liebe Riitta,
    das Wetter war bei uns ganz ähnlich, der Winter lies sich nochmals sehen, wir hatten viel Schnee, Frost und auch Wind. Aber heute soll es ruhiges Wetter mit Sonne geben.
    Ich glaube gerne, dass die Katze sich dort sehr wohl fühlt, das sieht schon sehr gemütlich aus.
    Das Buch scheint wirklich sehr interessant zu sein, die Bilder beeindrucken mich sehr.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

    Viele liebe Grüße

  7. Yesterday was the only beautiful day in a week. I went hunting Punasotka.
    Let's hope the weekend is not so bad, after today.
    All the best!

  8. Voi tuota Sissiä! Hän osaa nauttia sadepäivistäkin!

    1. Minä en todellakaan osaa Susu. Huumori on koetuksella.

  9. Dear Riitta
    Sissi is so cute and I love the way she looks out of her hiding place.
    After cold days and snow we enjoy today sunshine and the snow is already melted.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend and hugs

  10. Love the painting of the woman in the chair - an unusual angle from the top! Yes, the painter caught the strong personality in the second portrait/ Sorry, you are still in winter it sounds like! Hope it is short lived:) Have an beautiful weekend, Jesh

  11. Meine Kenntnis skandinavischer Malerinnen ist doch sehr eingeschränkt. In meiner Sammlung von Künstlerinnenbüchern findet sich nur eins über Sigrid Hjerten und ein Sammelband über skandi. Impressionistinnen. Danke für deinen Anstoß!
    Bon week-end!

  12. Danke für den interessanten Buchtipp. Schönes Wochenende!

  13. Hello, dearest Riitta,
    Sissi has a nice, cozy hiding place!
    Thank you for introducing the painter Elin Danielson-Gambogi. It is really sad that female artists with such great talent received so little recognition during their lifetime.
    I am sending you the link from our excursion to the apricot blossom on Easter Monday. After that, the fine weather was over here, too, it got cold and uncomfortable, and I too preferred to be at home than outside. But today we had another picnic in a park. (A little bit windy, but sunny :-))
    Hugs from Austria, Traude

  14. Hello Riitta,
    Sissi looks like she has a very cozy place during these last cool days.
    The self-portrait of the artist portrays a strong woman who has suffered but who will overcome. Have a good weekend.

  15. Sissi looks adorable!

  16. Sissi looks so happy and cozy.


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