John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Artistic Advent: Christmas Belles

Today's Advent artwork is dedicated to pidgehuss, who sent me a very cute (and very wee) Christmas card. Thanks!

after Winslow Homer
Christmas Belles, published 1869
wood engraving
Christmas Belles
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

I don't really have anything to say about this work, but I can say that its title reminds me of Ellen Raskin's novel The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), which, if you haven't read it, you should read. And if you have, you should read it again, It's a good book! Speaking of Ellen Raskin, did you know that in addition to winning the Newbery Medal for The Westing Game (and a Newbery Honor citation for Figgs & Phantoms), she also designed the original cover art for another Newbery winner, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time? It's true.

ETA: actually, I do have something to say. I wonder why the NGA doesn't credit this to Winslow Homer outright. The work itself says "drawn by Winslow Homer" right next to the title. Perhaps the NGA is unwilling to give Homer sole credit because he didn't do the engraving and printing himself? If that's the case, it seems kind of petty.
Tags: advent: 2004, art: printmaking

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