Wednesday, August 27, 2008

cranberry harvest

This one falls under the category of “one thing leads to another leads to another.”

While writing the entry about cranberry viburnum (see August 24 posting) I looked up cranberries and discovered the perfectly wonderful painting “Cranberry Harvest,” created in 1880 by Eastman Johnson.

Johnson (1824-1906) was an American painter and, as it turns out, a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His name is inscribed at the museum’s entrance. (You have to take my word for this since I have yet to visit the Met, even though it’s high on my “Bucket List.”)

Johnson is known for his genre paintings, scenes from everyday life in early America. He also did portraits of everyday and prominent people including the writers Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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