Saturday, February 26, 2011

Do You Know This Painting?


Inspired by The Little Way, I wanted to find out something about this picture. I brought this back from my grandmother's old house but I don't know what it is called. I have to apologize for whatever glare might be on it, we have so many windows that it is almost impossible to not have a reflection. This is obviously a print but I liked it so it hangs in the hallway. I started looking around and found that we have quite a few religious objects. One of my favorites is the trio of angels I found many years ago on sale. They have pounded copper wings, fabric gowns and ceramic heads.


I picked up the windowsill Marys at a church rummage sale. They hadn't been selected by the end of the day, neither had the plastic statues in the other window. I felt so badly for them that I made sure I picked them up when it was a $1 bag time.





The other two wooden angels were from my grandmother's house as were the two ceramic Marys on the dining table.



The crucifix was my husband's first communion gift. I'm not sure where we picked up The Holy Water fount but you can see how hard our water is!



Our Lady of Guadalupe sits over our couch in the living room. It goes very well with the paint color that I chose after finding a pretty fall leaf. The intensity changes with the sun, ranging from a deep pumpkin to a yellow orange. Room color is a fairly new thing to me and we went all out. A pumpkin color for the living room and burgundy in the dining room. If my husband had his way every room would look like a Mexican restaurant. (He won't get his way). He hates the nice blue I painted Sean's old room, which would have been pink had I known Taylor would be in there soon.

Being a fan of primitives, I found this decorative plaque in an Amish village so I hung it in our foyer above the opening into the hallway. Hopefully the angels take it literally! Sometimes I think they do.

13 comments:

The Little Way said...

I do not know the name of the painting with Christ or what it represents. I'll bet Keystone could figure it out for us though.

The white ceramic statue of Mary with the Baby Jesus is one that has been in my parents' bedroom since I can remember. They've been married 52 years. Also, Mary contemplating the rose is another that I have in two forms - one white ceramic and the other clear glass. The latter came from my late MIL and it lights up at night. I should get a holy water fount for this house. There is a cross in almost every room, but no holy water. You've inspired me to fix that.

Manny said...

Those are all so beautiful. Can one get real holy water from a church? That would be so cool to have. I don't recognize the Christ print either.

Kathy said...

There is usually a font where you can fill your own container- typically a small bottle. The priest can also bless candles and salt for you. I'm sure your local Catholic store has the bottles but you can use any bottle from home. If you want something special try the link below. We know them and they are very good people. http://www.yourcatholicstore.com/

Manny said...

Thanks Kathy. That store does look neat.

Kelly said...

LOL about the Mexican restaurant! You have some lovely items. You gave me a good ides to photograph the few I have and post them. I love your Amish sign-I used to live in Amish country and miss it!

Anonymous said...

Artist is R. Atkinson Fox.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you, Anon. I looked at it on line after getting your response so I thought I'd add something about the painter. I think we have another one by him as well.

Robert Atkinson Fox (1860-1935)
Robert Atkinson Fox was a popular and prolific commercial artist from the early 1900s until the early 1930s He was commissioned by major calendar companies and art print publishers to illustrate calendars, posters, postcards, picture puzzles, and various advertising materials.
Although Fox painted whatever subjects publishers requested - including, in the 1920s, those typical of the Art Deco mode - his strength was naturilism. Although some of his work has beginning collectors confused with that of Maxfield Parrish, Fox was a painter of mainly landscapes, portraits, and rural subjects (especially cows). http://bit.ly/nWJW2V

Anonymous said...

You are welcome.

Anonymous said...

I think I am wrong. The real artist looks to be:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_August_Untersberger

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Maybe this is the guy, the painting looks even more like it. Fox did something similar then.

Anonymous said...

Okay, think I have this now. Seems that the artist IS Josef August Untersberger and this was painted in 1917. He also used the name "Giovanni."

His painting was copied and modified through the years, so that explains the slight deviations in similar prints. There are some prints on eBay that list the artist as Fox but I believe they are wrong. Fox did do a Jesus with sheep painting that is nice though. While researching this painting/print, I came across a website that you might enjoy, http://www.tincanchurch.com/. Different Christian artwork. Also on the Wikipedia page, mentioned earlier, you can translate the page to English. Seems that Josef had a brother that was also an artist. Sorry for the initial misinformation.

Anyway, this is a lovely work of art. I have had a copy for years but did not know the history.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you for doing all this work to help me! You're right, a lovely painting that we can enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Glad that I stumbled on this thread. My aunt had that print and I always wondered about it. Thanks too for the cool link to the art at the Tin Can Church. Love the David Gully Jesus, the Dixie Lily Yoo-Hoo Jesus, the Jeff Edwards Jesus and the Connie Jean Jesus collage and all the artwork. The fish crucifix is interesting!