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.

A small sample of the images that inspired me appears below. Click on these or any images in the posts to see enlargements. In the text, click on colored words to activate links.


















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An American woman art student meets a Civil War veteran in Belle Époque Paris.

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Kitty Kielland's Studio

June 25, 2018

Tags: fans, frames, Scandinavian artists, rooms, studio, umbrella, women artists

I love the way this painting illustrates a young artist’s studio as a place to live. The plain floor and dormer window hint at upper-storey, cheap digs. I didn’t include potted plants in any of my characters’ studios, but they turn up in other paintings and would be part of making an (more…)

Azambre vs. Goeneutte

May 26, 2018

Tags: Louvre, copyist, frames

Website tip: As a follow-up to yesterday’s post Étienne Azambre, check out Gale Murray's review of the Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 exhibition in the on-line journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. Along with many other images, it contains Goeneutte’s 1892 painting of Desboutin and his male friends in front of the same fresco at the Louvre that (more…)

Étienne Azambre

May 25, 2018

Tags: Académie Julian, Louvre, copyist, frames, women artists

At a lecture in advance of the Clark Art Institute’s upcoming show, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 (June 9–Spetember 3, 2018) I learned about this painting by Étienne Azambre (1859–1933). Azambre was an almost exact contemporary of the real Jeanette and studied at the Académie Julian from 1879 to 1882 in the studio of Adolphe William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury, where I place my fictional Jeanette. Wish I had known about her in time! (more…)

Frames

August 22, 2014

Tags: frames

Website tip: In Framing "Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth, Peter Perez of MoMA discusses how he chose wood and design to reframe a masterpiece.

Monterey Peninsula Art Colony

July 7, 2014

Tags: frames, art colony, women artists

Monterey was not one of the summer artists’ colonies that I had studied when news of a 2006 exhibition, Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907, set me wondering whether Jeanette might go there at some point in her life. (more…)

Cut-out frames

May 29, 2014

Tags: frames

Yesterday's image of women gilders reminded me of the cut-outs I made after reading Anthea Callen’s chapter, “Framing the Debate,” in her indispensable book (more…)

Female picture framers

May 28, 2014

Tags: frames

Blog tip: This French image of women workers gilding picture frames is reposted from a post on women in the picture framing business in England at The Frame Blog. Frames were expensive, which is why (more…)