Library staff recommendation: Good-bye, Chunky Rice

Good-bye, Chunky Rice
By Craig Thompson
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 T371g

Best known for his enormous graphic novel Blankets, Craig Thompson’s first graphic novel, Good-bye, Chunky Rice, is still a personal favorite of mine. Using a cast of animal and human characters, Thompson’s story chronicles the emotions that come with changes in one’s life, especially when this means leaving behind the comforts of home and friends. Thompson’s excellent cartooning and design sensibilities may appear light-hearted, but they help to achieve a balance between the melancholic and whimsical tones that run through the course of the story.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

New in ARTstor: 5000 images from Condé Nast

ARTstor has made available 5,000 images from Condé Nast in the Digital Library, including 2,000 cartoons from The New Yorker and nearly 3,000 fashion photographs from the Fairchild Photo Service.

This is the first release of a planned 25,000 images from Condé Nast, which will also include photographs from the Condé Nast Archive of Photography.

Christopher Weyant, The New Yorker Collection

To view these images, go to the ARTstor Digital Library. Click on the Find button in the menu at the top of the screen, and choose “Browse ARTstor by Collection”. Scroll down through the list of choices to get to Condé Nast. Double click on the name to open the entire collection, or click the plus sign in the folder next to the name to chose between Fashion, Costume and Jewelry and Drawings and Watercolors.

For more information on the Condé Nast Collection in ARTstor, visit Artstor’s blog.

For more information on using the ARTstor Digital Library, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.



UArts and the Eakins Connection

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Portrait of Leslie W. Miller. 1901.

Did you know that Thomas Eakins painted the portraits of many people associated with the 19th-century predecessor institutions of UArts? Those predecessors are the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, founded 1876), the Philadelphia Musical Academy (founded 1870), and the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (founded 1877).

One of the most interesting is of Portrait of Leslie W. Miller (1901), principal of PMSIA from 1880 to 1920 and a great friend of Eakins. Eakins painted this in Hamilton Hall; look closely and you can see student work hanging on the wall behind the screen. The painter Charles Sheeler was a PMSIA student at the time and describes the painting of the portrait: “… As the artist’s work continued we witnessed the progress of a perspective drawing which was made on paper and then transferred to the canvas… those charts which we knew only too well. This careful procedure led us to the conclusion that the man, whoever he was, couldn’t be a great artist, for we had learned somewhere that great artists painted only by inspiration.” (Sheeler quoted from Goodrich, Lloyd. Thomas Eakins. Harvard University Press, 1982, p. 184-5)

Mrs. Mary Hallock Greenewalt

Eakins loved music and painted several notable musicians. Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenewalt (1871-1951) earned her diploma in piano from the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now the UArts School of Music) in 1893. Best known for her invention of a synchronized light-and-color-producing organ she called the Sarabet, she called her form of music “Nourathar” and obtained eleven U.S. patents for her inventions.

A portrait of Rudolph Hennig, called The Cello Player, was the first painting by Eakins that was purchased by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but it was recently sold to a private collector. It depicts noted cellist Hennig practicing. Hennig was one of three founders of the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and was the Philadelphia Orchestra’s original first cellist.

The Cello Player

Hedda van den Beemt, who came from Holland to join the Philadelphia Orchestra, served on the faculty of the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (now the UArts School of Music) and was head of the violin department until his death in 1925. Eakins’ portrait of van den Beemt is simply called Music.







Image credits:

All work by Thomas Eakins, American, 1844-1916.

Portrait of Leslie W. Miller. 1901. Oil on canvas. Gift of Martha Page Laughlin Seeler in memory of Edgar Viguers Seeler, 1932. 1932-13-1. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Mrs. Mary Hallock Greenewalt. 1903. Oil on canvas. Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection. M61.45. Courtesy of the Wichita Art Museum.

The Cello Player [portrait of Rudolph Hennig]. 1896. Oil on canvas. Private collection.

Music [portrait of Hedda van den Beemt]. 1904. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.









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