Katherine Keenum

A blog about how paintings, photographs, and prints have helped me visualize my fiction—both Where the Light Falls and works-in-progress—with a hope that they will stimulate other writers and readers, too.

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Children in the Luxembourg Garden

July 30, 2016

Tags: Edelfelt, Scandinavian artists, Paris landmark, fashion or clothes

A post on Children in the Summer Park at the blog, It’s About Time, alerted me to a painting I’ve been searching for without being able to remember the artist’s name—Albert Edelfelt. Itwas this painting that first gave me the idea of sending Jeanette out to sketch Adeline’s children and their nurse in the Tuileries Garden.

All I needed for Where the Light Falls was the idea, but it’s a pleasure to add the actual image to my files and discover Edelfelt. Looking at the painting now, I can see that the various uniforms the nurses are wearing is probably a topic unto itself.

For more of Edelfelt's work, click here.


  1. August 1, 2016 10:45 AM EDT
    It must have been difficult for these nannies to wear such heavy uniforms during the summer. Even their female charges had to wear high-buttoned shoes in hot weather.

    I won "Where the Light Falls" in a book contest through author Deanna Raybourn's blog. I vividly remember so many scenes from the book. I sometimes have to deal with all sorts of temperaments in the area of the arts I'm in doing competitive ballroom dancing. Thanks for being such a wonderful storyteller. I look forward to reading your next book. Thanks, Pat
    - Patricia Franzino
  2. August 1, 2016 7:15 PM EDT
    How true about the heaviness of the uniforms. They must have made chasing after children difficult, too!
    - Katherine Keenum