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Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor day~a tribute to workers through art

I ran this post last Labor Day, but thought the art was lovely enough for a second viewing.

Labor Day is a holiday often thought of as the last day of summer vacation. The time to put away the white shoes, pack a picnic, and enjoy a day outdoors away from work.

Everyday I am blessed by someone working somewhere. Many of my favorite paintings are images of everyday people hard at work.

For the teachers, I love "The Naughty Schoolchildren" by French artist Theophile Emmanuel Duverger. Édouard Manet was a French impressionist painter famous for his depictions of everyday life. This 1882 oil painting is entitled "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère". It now resides at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Edgar Degas, who is famous for his paintings of ballerina's, captured a female hat maker in the 1885 painting entitled "The Millinery Shop". It currently hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago.

One of my favorite portraits of a nurse is "Albertine at the Police Doctor's Waiting Room" painted by Norwegian artist Christian Krohg between 1886~1887.

A sweet picture by French artist Vincent Jean Baptiste Chevilliard is "The Priest's Birthday.
The Farmer's Daughter was painted by English artist Sir John Everett Millais in 1863. Millais has many other famous paintings such as "Ophelia" and "The Order of Release".

Also by Millais is "The Rescue" depicting a fireman rescuing three children.

Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Germany but immigrated to America in 1882. He became one of America's most prolific illustrators. He produced over 300 covers for the Saturday Evening Post alone. A favorite is "Motorcycle Cop and Kids" from June 1922.

Of course it is only fitting that one of America's most beloved artists, who was also a great illustrator, be chosen to represent artwork depicting our United States Service Members. Norman Rockwell remains an iconic American artist beloved by millions around the world.

This post is dedicated to those who make my life a little easier, enlightened, safer and truly worth living. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Have a Happy Holiday!


Miss Sandy said...

What an artful way to say thank you to those who do make our lives better through their service to community and country! Love the art and artist you chose! Great Post!

Liz said...

Very Nice!
There were a couple in there that I have never seen... I love Norman Rockwell.

The weekend is over. :(

Hope you had a good one!


Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love the farmers daughter....gorgeous. I soo wish I could paint. That Pom Pom interiors is a yummmmy treat. cherry

BrineS said...

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Hope to see you there!

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Colleen @ Mommie Daze

Her Shabbiness said...

What a great collection of beautitiful paintings to share on Labor Day. I have seen many of them, but others I have not seen. I really enjoyed viewing them.

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

I do love all those tribute pictures. Anything that depicts yesteryear.

Seems like you had a wonderful Labor Day.


Joy said...

What a beautiful way to honor those who serve!

I love to go to places like PomPom Interiors. I rarely spend any money, but I come out with a lot of inspiration.

Melissa said...


I just stumbled upon your blog. It's absolutely beautiful.

Sunbonnet Cottage

Shimmy Mom said...

What a beautiful post! Not only in the beautiful artwork, but in your moving tribute that I think most of us forget to think about.
Thank you!

Sandy Toes said...

What a special way to honor the holiday...I love how you summed up Labor Day at the beginning of the post...put away the white shoes...I forgot about that!
What a great blog!
-Sandy Toes

Mimi Sue said...

What a beautiful post and blog. I even learned something new! I'll be back when I have more time. Mimi

MoziEsmé said...

I love this beautiful tribute!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful post! A nice way to honor so many noble professions, too.

alice wayne said...

no such luck!! daisy the phone is dead! I'll take her to the stores today to see what I can do!
How lovely for all of them!
I think you should move to Australia, I'll move too.
I'll see what I can do by way of tattoos.

Lisa Anne said...

I love great pieces of art!

The White Bench said...

Fabulous post, Laura!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Great post! I love how you chose to honor labor day. I loved seeing all of these fabulous works of art together!