Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just For The Beauty Of It....

By guest author ClassicBecky

John White Alexander
I had never heard of the artist John White Alexander (1856-1915) until Yvette, a blogger friend of mine, highlighted some of his paintings on her site. (See below for information to visit Yvette's lovely site.) His work is stunningly beautiful, specializing in portraiture, and I plan to try to obtain at least one print for myself. Alexander was a very popular artist of his day, and he did portraits of many famous people, including Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Walt Whitman. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Alexander was quite celebrated, accepted into the famous Beaux Arts Salon in Paris, and his paintings now hang in museums, including The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of Congress. I find it strange that his work was not known to me, but here for your enjoyment is a selection of some of my personal favorites:

Portrait in Gray

Young Girl in Rose

Portrait of Mark Twain

A Ray Of Sunlight (the Cellist)


Isabella and the Pot of Basil

If you could choose one painting from this selection, which would it be? For me, it is the lovely Isabella ... and now I'm getting greedy ... I want The Cellist too!

(Visit Yvette's blog, in so many words..., to see more of John White Alexander, and to enjoy her offerings of art, literature and classic film reviews. Click on )


  1. Great Post Becky! Thank you for launching artwork on my blog. I hope that others will post artwork or photographs that they like. As for me, I'm partial to Althea and Isabella.

  2. Althea is a beautiful picture, isn't it? Something about the sweep of her body's posture makes it look ethereal and amost impressionistic.

  3. Thanks for the plug, Becky. I love Alexander's work as you know. No wonder he was so popular in his lifetime.

    But strangely, he seems to have almost been forgotten. John Singer Sargent takes up all the air in the room, I suppose. :)

    Hi Patrick, best of luck with your new blog! I'll be back.

  4. Thanks Yvette. My blog is very much in its infancy stage. My hope is that it can be used as a forum for those wishing to post film and book reviews including poems, artwork or photographs that you especially like and wish to
    share with others.