10 November 2011

Change and Transformation: Autumn in Art



Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.
Faith Baldwin
The vivid colors of Autumn's foliage and harvest have inspired many writers and artists. Belgian painter and decorative artist, Xavier Mellery (1845-1921) depicts leaves as women dancing through air catching on a spider's web. Autumn is also portrayed as a woman by Polish-Armenian artist Teodor Axentowicz (1859-1938). She lies languorously in a bed of leaves covered by cobwebs and supported by a mischievous fawn. In The Tuileries Garden a marble term of Vertumnus, the roman god of seasons, change and transformation hides amid the leaves ready to seduce Pomona the goddess of fruitful abundance.

4 comments:

  1. These are the illustrations to go with my pondering today - hair and webs. What a surprise! and beautiful too.

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  2. gésbi~ I so agree! Best, Kendra

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  3. Hello,
    I meant to respond sooner, life has been escalating beyond my control it appears.
    Lovely images a usual, particularly the spiderwebs, make me miss home, I rarely see spiders in LA.
    Wishing you a bountiful day of Thanksgiving!
    Leonard

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  4. Hi Len, I hope all is well with you, your human and animal families. I have always loved the Xavier Mellery image of the women and the spider web. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving. xo, Kendra

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