The Smithsonian Institution has an awesome online archive of old photographs of artists, many in their studios, where sculptors pose midway through work and painters cradle their palettes at their easels. Some have their clothes stained with paint, others obviously spruced up for the portrait occasion. Some are comfortable and confident, others somewhat awkward. Basically, like the cluttered studios, artists haven’t changed.
There is a regular feature on Hyperallergic — View from the Easel — that looks into the interiors of artist studios, and here’s something of a time machine version of that. From heavyweight American sculptors like Daniel Chester French, to lesser-knowns like Helene Sardeau (pictured above), a Belgian-born artist who worked on contemplative, social realism work, there’s this quick insight into process and person. You see the worn artist tools, the random curiosities (like a deer antler hanging from the ceiling, for one), the array of complete and in-process work. And even if you don’t know their art, there’s a lot about an artist embedded in their studio.
Here are some of the Smithsonian archive photographs of artist studios past:
Click here to view all of the Smithsonian Institution’s Portraits of Artists on Flickr Commons.
Beautiful studios, wish I knew who more of these artists are. I don’t recognize most of the name. Still cool though
I really enjoyed this 🙂
Very cool to see! There’s only two of these artists that I recognize! Funny thing is that judging the size of most of these studios, in today’s age, most artists wouldn’t be able to afford a studio that size, and not only that, I would guess that the availability of such artists studios are scarce today in large part because of gentrification!
Not bad representation of women and artists of color here, which is surprising!
Always fascinating to look into the studios of other artists. Thanks for posting this, and the link to the Smithsonian.
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