Thursday, May 21, 2009

~CLAPSADDLE, BRUNDAGE & HUMPHREY - Gifted Women Blessed by God~

My Favorite of All of Her Paintings

Many years ago, long before my eBay days and certainly before opening my own website, I began collecting vintage postcards and greeting cards. Back in the mid 1990's you could find them everywhere and at a fairly reasonable price, too. There wasn't a time I ventured out to our Fairground's Antique Show that I didn't return home with at least one or two new images to add to my growing collection. With the onslaught of computer technology, finding your favorite old image has become a lot easier! Now, with the aid of home printers and copiers, it is easier than ever to reprint your own images...

I have my favorites artists for sure...Frances Brundage, Maud Humphrey and Ellen Clapsaddle are at the top of my list. Besides all being women, their beautiful portrayal of little children and gorgeous young ladies continually intrigues me. In addition, all three successfully captured holiday gatherings and family times at their best. Whether it be Christmas, New Years, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Political Events, Easter, the Birth of a New Baby, Baptism, Christening or just daily living, they were masters at their talent... I'd give almost anything to have met even one of them.

I have other favorites, but none pull at my heartstrings like Ms. Brundage, Ms. Humphrey and Ms. Clapsaddle. Harrison Fisher is my favorite artist of sophisticated women! He was brilliant!

Ms. Brundage lost her only child, a beautiful little girl when she was only 17 months old and never had another child...maybe the profound loss was why she loved to paint little children so much...


My Favorite of All Her Famous Artwork

This beautiful image of a little girl in tears is one of my favorite prints by Maud Humphrey! I couldn't resist making it into a charming little Pillow... Perfect as an "I'm Sorry" or "I Miss You" gift...don't you think? (Offered up on eBay today!) Ms. Humphrey is the mother of movie star, Humphrey Bogart. She has painted many deeply loved portraits of children and her work is still highly collectible!

My All-time FAVORITE Artist

Ellen Clappsaddle died penniless and at a fairly young age. Truly tragic! Most (if not all) of her original artwork was lost when many of the factories in Europe burned to the ground. I like to believe she is smiling down on the world from heaven, happy to see new life given to her beloved paintings and artwork. She would, no doubt, be a millionaire today! I hope she knows how much we all love her work and how valued she was as an artist!

Blessings to you as you enjoy the lasting beauty from gifted, talented hands like Frances, Ellen & Maud...Rebecca


Eclectic Chic Style said...

I have wondered about all the pretty little paintings and where they came from, I'm so glad you shared this with us. They are so beautiful, I just love them, so soft and pretty!!
Have a sweet day my friend,
♥ Teresa

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post!! I love the old artists & these 3 ladies' work is breathtaking. Thank you so much for introducing them to me.
Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Morning, Rebecca! Oh, I love these artist of long ago, such heart in their work. Thank you for sharing their stories!
I love coming to your beautiful blog!
Be a sweetie and have a blest day,
Shelia ;)

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

I too love vintage images. A couple of years ago I started acquiring vintage images that were printed on the cotton panels. I just don't know what it is about these images that fascinate me. I absolutley adore them. I can't get enough of them!
xxoo, Susan

A Southern Rose said...

I love artwork of little children and babies. I have a few prints of Maude Humphrey's and I love them. I also have a few of Jan Hagara's prints. I use to collect her prints and figurines of little children. Have you seen them before? They are adorable.

Lee Laurie

Jennifer Chronicles ( said...

That is so compelling that she chose to paint children when she'd lost her only child. Certainly, her work helps communicate how innocent, how fragile children are. I love posts like this - that tell me something I didn't know. All of their works are precious.

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

I have quite a few Maude Humphries fabric prints & I bought them to back into pillows the trouble was when they arrived I just could not bring myself to do it, they are just so beautiful. Silly really as I can just turn round & buy more but well there you have it maybe one day...
Am going to ask a favour of you Rebecca could you please read my latest post & please tell me I am doing the right thing

Lyn xxx

Tanza said...

Good morning sweet ~r~,
Off to work I go, but, had to visit you real quick.. LoVe these sweet lil' girls,they just melt my heart away.. Can't even look at them without saying"aaahhh".. If I was a stealer, I take em' all, forget that they have your AGP all over them.. I want them.. Adorable..Those sweet lil' girls on top.. Oh my.. Just LoVe them.. You are the Bestest ever and I LoVe you and all you create.. Big hugs ~tea~xo

Tara said...

What a great post! I've always loved old postcards too. I have a box on them that have been passed down in the family, some dating back to the early 1900's, if the postage mark is any indication. I'll have to show some sometime. Most of them are holiday related, as I'm sure even back then that is the time we make a real effort to reach out to family, friends and loved ones.
The cards with the children and ladies done in pastels tend to draw my eye first. I'll have to search out some examples of your favorite artists, since I'm not very informed in this area. I'll discover some new delights!

Have a great day and I'll be back to visit soon.

Andrea said...

Rebecca, these are so beautiful! The stories behind the painters are fascinating, but sad, especially the one about Ms. Brundage. It's so tragic that she lost her only child.

Your work is so pretty and creative. You are very gifted.

Many blessings to you, for you are such a blessing to others,


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Yes, my dear Rebecca, it is beautiful artwork, but what you do with them is what makes them a treasure.. :-)


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