Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Art Review - "Rhododendrons" by Sarah Wyman Whitman

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a piece I recently saw for the first time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, by American artist Sarah Wyman Whitman. Despite having been painted over 140 years ago, the piece is decidedly modern. Whitman doesn't over romanticize the flowers, but portrays them in all of their natural, tattered beauty. She also lets the paint react as a character of its own, especially in the background. While I can't make out what is written, there are even letters scratched across the entire upper area of the painting. It's an incredibly striking piece.

Born in Baltimore in 1842, Whitman became most well known as a stained glass artist, something that this painting hints at with its distinctive shapes. She even founded Lily Glass Works, becoming an innovative leader in the industry, inspiring later artists, such as Frank Lloyd Wright.
 
"Rhododendrons" • Sarah Wyman Whitman • Oil on Panel
• 1880 • 31" x 29.5"
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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