Your clues this week are:
- The artist was born in the middle of the 18th-century, orphaned before age five, and raised by a sibling who was 12 years older.
- The artist was apprenticed to a goldsmith and quickly discovered artistic gifts. Engraving on gold led to drawing on ivory, which led to painting miniatures, which eventually led to painting portraits -- and bidding farewell to smithing.
- With the exception of two years' independent study in Italy, the artist never strayed far from Scotland.
- The child in this picture was the artist's step-grandson and namesake.
Last Week's Answer:
The clues last week were all about painter Nicolae Grigorescu (1838-1907), Romania's first modern artist. We were looking at his Interior la Vitré (1866). Vitré is a town in Brittany, which is the northwestern-most part of France that juts out to separate the Celtic Sea and the Bay of Biscay. The Bretons are a Celtic people whose language is a variant of Insular Celtic most closely related to Cornish. Oh, and wooden shoes were still quite common there while Grigorescu was wandering around trying to capture the feeling of the region. Nicole was the person to first correctly guess the artist, and no one got Brittany because we all think Holland is awesome. Congratulations, Nicole and thanks -- as always -- to everyone who participated.