Thursday, August 4, 2011

Knitting in Fine Art

by Kelly

Looking for ideas for a new header, I did a search for 'fine art knitting'. Ambitious, ain't I? Thought I would share the beautiful images. All from WikiPaintings

Portrait of Madame Boissiere Knitting

  Portrait of Mademoiselle Boissiere Knitting - Gustave Caillebotte
Completion Date: 1877
Genre: portrait
Technique: oil
Material: canvas
Dimensions: 65 x 80 cm
Gallery: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

Scheveningen Woman Knitting

Completion Date: 1881
Place of Creation: Netherlands
Style: Realism

The Knitting Lesson

Completion Date: 1869
Style: Realism
Technique: oil
Material: canvas
Dimensions: 101.3 x 83.2 cm
Gallery: S

The Knitting Shepherdess

Start Date: c.1856
Completion Date: 1857
Style: Realism
Technique: pastel
Material: paper
Dimensions: 33.7 x 25.4 cm

 Something I noticed while looking at portraits of knitters - they all have terrible posture. My physical therapist would be patting all those slumped shoulders and saying   "Relax, now. You're beautiful and you should let the world see that."  (She even gave my husband permission to do this! I had to explain that he has a different approach - He sneaks up behind me, says "Posture monster!" and tickles my sides until I straighten up.)

I could have saved myself a lot of trouble by going to charm school all those years ago. Although, if someone told me to balance books on my head, I'd likely be sneaking one off the pile so I could read it.

And now a random YouTube video moment. No, that's not me,  but this is a great example of the sort of geeky talents that I especially admire in others.


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