Saturday, June 19, 2010

Favorite Paintings

Playtime
I have a love for old Victorian paintings, in particular paintings that depict scenes of children with their pets in playful settings.
The popular work of English artist Arthur Elsley ( 1860-1952 ) being one of my most favorites.

All of his paintings feature children with animals, dogs, horses, kittens and puppies, and are true to life situations.

His works were so popular during his lifetime that many of his paintings were reproduced as prints, and were often used in calendars, advertisements, books and magazines.



More Frightened Than Hurt

19 comments:

Mary Lou said...

Those are the sweetest!!!
Thanks for showing them to us.

donna baker said...

I have lots of prints of children and animals. I wish I could afford the originals. I'm thinking of going to Paris in the spring to a Jambone market days or something like that. I plan on looking for old paintings of animals. I'll look for ones for you with cats. Would you like to go? The Antiques Diva arranges tours to different European flea markets and I think I and a few friends are going to sign up for the Paris March show. Just a thought.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good Morning Jo! What sweet paintings, I love the look on the little girls face in both..so realistic. He must have used his daughter or the same little girl as a model for his paintings...at least in both of these. You can see the joy in her little face..just so sweet. Thanks for sharing these with us. Have a WONDERFUL weekend and I hope you get to enjoy your beautiful garden. Maura :)

Barbara Anne said...

Simply charming!

I was unaware of this artist so thank you for introducing me to his a few of his works!

Hugs!

matron said...

I agree,these pictures are charming Childhood innocence personified.I remember my mother had a similar picture in the hall when I was little,I will have to ask her what happened to it.

Sandra said...

the nursing home in which i voluteer, has every hall decorated with very large paintings that are very similar to these. i love to stand and look at them and so do the residents.

DJan said...

Adorable pictures! I would have guessed that you like Victorian paintings, since I think you must carry that spirit forward into the present day...

maggie's garden said...

It's always a visual feast whenever I pop in here...thanks for the treats.

Maggie said...

They make one smile.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Lovely, lovely!! Thanks for sharing!

carolina mountains said...

I collect these old prints of animals - so does my vet! Lovely!

Star said...

I love those painting too. There is something very appealing about children and animals together.
Blessing Star

Bernideen said...

He painted children he knew and some were still living in the early 90's. He has always been a favorite of mine too. Victoria Mag did an article on him years ago - I think I still have it.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautifully shot and no wonder you like them.

Darryl and Ruth : )

bennie and patsy said...

They are just perfect I would love to have them.
Patsy

The Retired One said...

Soooo gorgeous!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am also an admirer of this type of artwork--I have a print that is in this same style which is of a little girl reading a book to rabbits, it's called "A Reading Lesson" and it's one of my favorites!

Deanna said...

These are really sweet pictures!
May you have a nice week-end and God bless,
d

Cheyenne said...

Oh, these paintings make my heart smile.