Your clues this week are:
- The artist was a Romantic who associated with The Ancients, and was active through most of the 19-century.
- Because the artist received almost no formal training, the artist's style is now described as original, unique, and ahead of its time.
- There was never one day in the artist's life that money wasn't an issue.
- The artist's father-in-law was also a painter ... a very successful painter who had been trained by Benjamin West. So successful, in fact, that he enjoyed a rivalry with John Constable, and counted William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley as friends. Now, you might think that a fellow artist would be sympathetic to a painter who was just starting out. You might even think that Mr. Successful, being family and all, would put in a good word and send a bit of business to the artist who sorely needed it. I thought that, too, but I was wrong. It turns out that the father-in-law never missed an opportunity to rub the younger painter's nose in it.
Last Week's Answer:
Last week's clues fooled no one. The artist was Alfred Stevens and please note: that would be Alfred-Émile-Léopold-Victor Stevens (1823-1906) the Belgian painter, not Alfred George Stevens (1817-1875) the English sculptor. The painting is titled A Duchess (The Blue Dress) (ca. 1866). Michaela had the correct answer in by 6:30 AM EDT, which is some kind of record. Way to make those fingers fly, Michaela, and many thanks to everyone else who played!