To Ellen

This blog is made to the honor of my grandmother Ellen Elisabeth Thomsen who was a modern woman .
She was born in Randers in Denmark 1895 and died in Copenhagen 1976.
She had long salmon red hair down to her hips. It was braided and put up with lots of hairpins to make it look short.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Extra much red hair

This post will show paintings where the red hair take a greater importance, than other parts of the picture


This picture called Helen of Troy is fantastic!

Alexei Alexejewitsch Harlamoff

John William Godward

Sandys again

This girl is red blond like I used to be, not a real redhead! But if someone saw her together with blond girls they would say she is a redhead.

Helene Schjerfbeck

Paul Cesar Helleu
This is actually only half his picture. I don't know why it is always shown this way,  when it is double this size.

Helleu's  picture in real size

This gives the impression of the size of my Grandmothers hair A woman close to 80 with this much and long hair was impressive , but that it kept it's colour and never turned white was even more impressive.

Henry Edmond Ross

                                                        This  picture is simply called "The Hair"

John Everett Millais

Theodor Axentowicz

Unpleasant snake!

Frank Cadogan Cowper

Whenever  a child came close to my father he would would point out. "Close your mouth and look intelligent."
A persons  privacy  can easily be invaded by others .  One way is when someone step over Your line of integrity.
One of those Integrity borders seem to be tress passed , if you walk around with open mouth close to someone else.
Another is to touch people you do not know or stand too close to them when You speak.
To pick your nose in others company or clean teeth or nails with a toothpick as also extremely impolite
This picture give me a feeling that it has passed my borders and I get irritated by that silly open mouth.
When I paint young children this is one of the problems. .It is okay that they never sit still, but that they do not close their mouths is a  fact that make them look unappealing.

Edward Munch

The Sin, Munch painted several pictures with red haired women, I will add some others to the next posts.

Michail Vrubel

Edgar Degas

Edward Munch

Munch also made some lithographs of this motive two of them can be seen below, I found them in the wonderful Norwegian Auction site called Grev Wedels Plass Auksjoner  For those of You who have 100000$ free to spend this is where You find quality Art.

Wladyslaw Slewinski

Wladyslaw Slewinski


Who bites flowers??


This picture has a problem. One doesn't understand whom the closest hand belong to. The hand which is further away can  be accepted as belonging to  the girl, but the hand which is closer could  belong to someone else. I think this is a mistake.  If I had painted this picture I would have painted part of the the sleeve  green like the jacket, this way there would be no conflict.


Franz von Stuck

William Orpen

Ferdinand Hodler

Sir Alma Tadema


  1. Other amazing paintings !

    The "anonymous" is by Teodor Axentowicz :

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    2. Ups sorry made a mistake! Yes ofcause it is Axentowicz. How could I forget that , he is always so sensual in his paintings, thanks a million!