Van Gogh's Ear is an in depth look at famous artists on their birthday. A post will be made each day about a famous artist, his/her art, interesting facts, personal experiences, etc. on their birthday. So, lend me your ear...
Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.
Happy Birthday William Hook!! William Hook was born in 1777, in Salisbury Massachusetts and a member of the famed Salem Cabinet-maker Society. His sons Elias and George went on to become organ builders in Salem. Hook's Chest, of bird’s eye maple and mahogany is one of his few pieces remaining. Note the distinctive curving front legs with ball. The use of two types of wood sets up a nice contrast in the details. This contrast is also evident in the Sideboard. The legs are referred to as “reeded” (the vertical grooves). As I researched this artist, I ran across a reference to the close bond cabinetmakers and shipbuilders during this time period. The ships had beautiful wood carving, requiring great skill. This skill was sometimes transferred to cabinetmaking and vice versa. Of course Salem was a shipbuilding town since the early 1600’s.
I am an art educator, 26 years in the profession. An avid art history buff, I love traveling all over the world seeking out personal favorites. I am a watercolorist, ceramic sculptor, weaver and also work with handmade paper and artist books. I also work in collaboraion with my husband, Craig, who is a metal sculptor.