Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What's Up Wednesday?

Wow, time is flying!!!
One week plus 1 day till the
"Country Lane Treasures Barn Sale"
I've been busy thrifting, priming, pricing
and waiting....patiently for
hubby to finish up my barn space.
He installed a really neat barn door
with son #2 last night, it's so cool.
It still in it's original plywood state.
I'm itching to add beadboard or something to
make it pretty like the photos below.
! I don't know if I'll have the time though or
if the guys will want it pretty!


I'm going to tell you a little about the 2 lady prints that I found while thriftying the other day.
I looked up the artist and found that he was a very interesting man.
His name was Philip Boileau.
Boileau was born in Canada in 1863 (some say 4). He was the son of a diplomat and his early life involved time spent in Canada, America and France. He received his education in England and in his early 20's studied Art in Italy. The subsequent decade was spent in various European locations after which he decided in 1897 to emigrate to the United States. While always a passionate artist it was this move to the USA that would secure recognition of his talents.

The next few years were spent painting American society portraits. During this time he met his future wife, a very young actress named Emily Gilbert, and images of Emily began to feature in his work. By 1902 Boileau had established a studio in New York and his works started to achieve recognition and then commercial success. In 1907 he married Emily, he was at that time more than twice her 21 years of age. 
Over the next ten years he continued to produce his images of beautiful women and children. 
                    He died in 1917 at his home on 
Long Island a victim of pneumonia.

A common hobby in the early 1900's was learning to draw or paint.  
Many young artists would learn by
copying or doing their own rendition of a popular artist works. 
I think this is his original signature. 
I hope you found this interesting, I learned alot.
It's pretty cool to be thrifting and to be able to learn 
about the items that 
you've found, that's one great  reason to thrift!!!
A great ad that's in the Bradford Topic.

1 comment:

Leah said...

Oooh I should go get out the new door! That ad looks really good too.
Don't forget that there will be vintage clothing and accessories as well.
xo L.