Here’s to the Painters of Light & Luminous Smiles

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Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet-1872

Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet-1872 (Photo credit: kamikazecactus)

Claude Monet : Rue St Denis, Fête du 30 juin 1878

Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son

Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Claude Monet’s painting of Rue Saint-Denis on the National Holiday

Several of you have mentioned you share my affection for Richard’s portrayal of the great Impressionist artist Claude Monet and the Impressionist School. Today, when we look at the paintings of Monet, RenoirBazille, Morisot and their fellow artists, we see many pretty, luminous pictures filled with shimmering color.

'La Lecture," a charming painting by Berthe Morisot, a prominent female Impressionist.

Renoir's delightful rendering of "The Boating Party."

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Frédéric Bazille
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Frédéric Bazille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of the painter Claude Monet

Portrait of the painter Claude Monet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monet's love for capturing the beauty of flowers and water is shown in his many paintings of waterlilies.

But we mustn’t forget this group was revolutionary, downright radical for the times. These artists chose to escape from the rigid confines of the studio and Biblical/mythological subjects to paint ordinary people doing ordinary things such as frolicking at boating parties, enjoying a good book, bathing a child.

They didn’t just paint hired artists’ models; their friends, family and fellow painters were also their subjects. These artists put farmers’ fields of haystacks and flower-strewn meadows with picnicking families on canvas.

They sought and found the extraordinary beauty in the everyday as they strove to be “painters of light.”

Above you see a portait of Claude (is it just me, or does his real hair look like a darker versions of early John Standring?) and of course, I cannot leave out  Monsieur Monet as depicted by the incandescent Richard Armitage . . . sometimes a girl just needs a little artistry in her life.

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  1. Isn’t that second-last photo of Richard delightful? The wig was tidy that day!

    He just looks so good with long/longish hair that I hope he grows his own hair a little after “The Hobbit”. As beautiful as he is with the cropped hair (and, yes, I’d love to run my fingers over it!), I like him best with a little more to muss!

    • Maybe a different crew member was in charge of his wig that day. 😉 I suppose whatever his next role is will be what determines how he wears his hair. I look at his hair the way I do my Benny’s–he has a nice head of it, and it looks so soft, it’s nice if there’s a little extra to play with. 😀 (Although Hubby went shorter–not cropped, but he lost his lovely curls at the nape. He’s using this flexible gum paste stuff by Garnier and working it into his hair after toweling it dry. Gives him a lovely tousled look with a bit of control. Hey, a lot of our male classmates are losing/have lost their hair right and left.) You know how much I loved Richard’s extensions for Guy. I would love to see him with the Guy mane and a short beard. I think he would be gurh-ghusssss.

    • I know the feeling, Mezz. 😀 How could anybody vote for Claude as their least favorite character of Richard’s? Did they actually watch TI? I think he’s adorable.

      • Oh, he’s adorable, alright. And he makes you believe… All that passion, all that vision! RA could make you believe the later years, too, the tragedy as Monet’s sight failed and his paintings became muddy and indistinct. i would have wanted to comfort him, to give him everything his remaining senses could enjoy.

        • I cannot think of any other actor who could better capture the passion and intensity and sensitivity of a true artist like Monet than our Richard. He does indeed make you believe.

  2. Thank you for the beautiful post! Wow, Monet was really a handsome fellow, wasn’t he? The last pic of him with his family is so incredibly sweet, imagine to see a picture like this of RL Richard with his wife and child! Wouldn’t it be lovely? Though I don’t think he’s the type who’d share private photos with the public… And I wouldn’t want him to be chased by paparazzi. Do you think he’ll be chased by paps after The Hobbit?

    • I pray not. As Richard has said, if he lets his hair colour go natural and shaves the sideburns, no one notices him. This could be willfull blindness on his part, but he is an actor after all, a damned good one. If Burton and Taylor could run around San Francisco incognito, as they did, Richard may not have a problem, Who knows, he may have learned a Jedi trick or two…

      • He hopes no one will notice him? Erm… but he’ll have to travel around the world to premieres and talkshows and such like as his real self promoting TH! Anyway, unless he gets involved with someone famous (which isn’t very likely) hopefully the paparazzi will leave him alone. If you have a “boring” private life they don’t take that much of an interest, though I read somewhere that paps regularly park outside Hugh Jackman’s children’s school just to catch a glimpse of him picking his kids up. Which is a scary thought. But apparently HJ learned to deal with it.

        • I think it’s one thing in Richard’s mind when he’s out doing interviews to promote his projects and attending premieres– I would say he sees those public appearances as a necessary part of his work and something that, as a team player, he is certainly willing to do. But I don’t think he wants people following him around while he shops for groceries and certainly not when he’s trying to enjoy time with his mum and dad, for example.

          Richard likes to describe himself as dulling and boring anyway and we know he’s not the party animal type who would be calling a lot of attention to himself to attract the photogs.

  3. It makes me chuckle when he said about washing the black hair dye out after he finished Robin Hood but with Lucas North he must have still been using it I believe someone said John Standring was the closest to his natural colour but if that is the case why does he still look dark haired with the buzz cut and his beard is dark (is that dyed too)lol

    • I think there is still some dye in his hair, but not as dark as in his RH/Spooks days, more brown than black. His natural haircolor is more of a medium reddish brown. If you look at his hair color as Paul and as Captain Ian and in Sparkhouse, I believe that is, or is pretty close to, his natural haircolor. He is starting to get some grey in his hair, too. 😉

      • His hair is definitely reddish brown on that photo with Miss Pat in your other post, Angie! I don’t think his hair was coloured for playing Paul, as Paul’s haircolour had the same reddish tone too.

        • Maintaining the short cut would have eliminated any hair colourant by now I would think. My hair became darker as I got older (then lighter again as the grey came through! 😦 ) so maybe his hair has darkened naturally a little with the years. Lighting in photoshoots would also play a part. We haven’t seen enough of him in the past year to be able to really tell!

          • Yeah, you are right about natural hair color changing and about the fact we haven’t seen enough of him in the last year to be able to really tell. 😦 My hair started out whitish-blonde as a child, then golden blonde, then gradually darker over the years until God’s Platinum blonding began. 😉

            Now I am back to golden blonde with the help of hubby and John Freida. And depending on if I am out in the sunlight or what the interior lighting is, it can appear lighter or darker. If you study screencaps, you will see the reddish hue in RA’s hair did would show through the dye at times during RH and Strike Back. The lighting was so cool in tone on Spooks, the hair always appeared more of a blue-black. I do love that rosiness that comes to his cheeks when his hair is closer to his natural color. 😀 Let’s face it, he’s gorgeous no matter what the color or style of his hair.

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