image source: Untitled, young girl
The following prints by American Art Nouveau illustrator and artist William H. Bradley joined the collection in 1979. Nicknamed the “Dean of American Designers” by the Saturday Evening Post, Bradley was the highest paid American artist of the early 20th century. (source)
The Chap Book, Thanksgiving No., 1895
The Chap-Book was a literary journal published in Chicago between 1894-1898.
Christmas, Harper’s Bazaar, 1895
Poster for Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament, Sep. 1985
Lithographic Poster for Narcoticure, ca. 1895
This amazing poster illustrates “Narcoticure,” a product made by the Narcoti Chemical Company of Springfield, MA, meant to cure “the tobacco habit.”
Untitled, from The Echo, ca. 1895
To see more illustrations by Bradley from the collection, click here.
This lovely watercolor by French artist Jules David joined the collection in 1976. The details of the women’s dress are exquisite, from their ornately flowered hats, to the flourishes of their fitted dresses, to the peeking toes of their pointed shoes.
image source: Women of Fashion
American artist Eliot O’Hara (1890-1969) was the most popularly known watercolorist in America from 1930-1950 (source). His beautiful watercolors illustrated here were gifted to the Mead in 1994 from the O’Hara Picture Trust.
The O’Hara Picture Trust gifted a total of 13 O’Hara watercolors to the Mead. To see them all, click here.
Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan. This particular netsuke joined the collection in 1959 and is in the form of Daruma, a Hindu sage said to have introduced zen Budddhism into China and Japan.
Here are a few others from the Mead’s collection:
^^Netsuke in the form of of the head of dried sardine, or Iwashi, a charm used in Japan to prevent the return of demons after the expulsion on New Year’s Eve^^
^^Netsuke in the form of Kiyohime and the temple bell, from the legend of Kiyohime and Anchin^^
Here’s another angle of that one:
The following paintings by Russian artist Igor Galanin joined the collection in 2001. They are illustrations for The Master and Margarita, a novel written by Mikhail Bulgakov in Soviet Russia ca. 1940, and described as “a masterpiece of black magic and black humor.”
Galanin’s portrayal of Margarita is whimsical, comical, and seemingly mischievous…
Happy Monday! Today we’re sharing these six etchings from the collection by French artist Georges Rouault.
Nude Woman, Seated (Femme nue, assise), ca. 1928
Negro Woman In Profile (Négresse en profil), 1928
Woman with Hat in Profile, Facing Left (Femme au chapeau en profil, vers la gauche), 1928
Woman with Necklace (Femme au collier), 1928
Nude Woman, Facing Left (Femme nue, vers la gauche), 1928