Artistry to swoon for by Gustav Klimt in his young artist days before he heaped the gold on with a trowel. Austrian. Living from 1868-1918 he made good use of the jewelry engraving skills he learned at his father’s knee. Member of the Viennese Secession.

"Médecine." (Hygieia). 1900-1907.
“Médecine.” (Hygieia). 1900-1907. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://www.sohu.com/a/254846320_658882
"Allegory of Sculpture." 1889.
“Allegory of Sculpture.” 1889. Graphite, watercolor and gold. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://phillipkay.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/poetry-and-poets-in-translation/
"Pallas Athena." 1898.
“Pallas Athena.” 1898. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://ludwig-mies-vanderrohe.blogspot.com/2011/10/gustav-klimt-part-1.html
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Pretty places that never were with imaginings up by Italian artist Gaetano Landi. Born in Italy he published “Architectural Decorations: A Periodical Work of Original Designs Invented from the Egyptian, the Greek, the Roman, the Etruscan, the Attic, the Gothic &c for Exterior and Interior Decoration” in 1810 from which these plates are taken.

Hand colored plate. 1810.
Hand colored plate. 1810. Image © Skinner Auctions Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2386/lots/172
Grand Egyptian Hall.
Grand Egyptian Hall. Image © Iskander Books. Fair use license. via https://www.iskandarbooks.com/sites.php?fb=fb_ctlg&mmid=2&id=346
Large garden building or summer house in a Chinese style.
Large garden building or summer house in a Chinese style. Unnumbered plate. Image © RIBA Collections. Fair use license. via https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/large-garden-building-or-summer-house-in-a-chinese-style/posterid/R

Jewelry by French creative genius and designer René Lalique from the hidden in plain sight archives of the Walters Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.

Corsage brooch with grasshoppers. 1920-1929.
Corsage brooch with grasshoppers. 1920-1929. Molded glass, nickel silver, marcasite and pigmented resin. René Lalique, designer (1860-1945). Cc0 license 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/26096/corsage-brooch-with-grasshoppers-and-cabochons/
Fern leaves brooch. 1903-1904.
Fern leaves brooch. 1903-1904. Silver-gilt, opal, glass and diamond. Cc0 license 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/23250/fern-leaves-brooch/
Grape necklace. ca. 1903.
Grape necklace. ca. 1903. Molded glass, cloisonné enamel and gold. Cc0 license 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/12197/grape-necklace/
Brooch of berries and leaves. ca. 1903.
Brooch of berries and leaves. ca. 1903. Gold, glass, enamel and citrine. Cc0 license 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/1693/brooch-of-leaves-and-berries/?type=date&letter=a&sort=title&order=asc&begin_date=-10000&end_date=2015

Fabulous dress designs by French Couturier Madeleine Vionnet. If you didn’t wear one of her frocks to that certain little cocktail party given by the Prince of Wales and Wallis you just weren’t chic. |

"Pendant Les 'Modèles' - Chez Madeleine Vionnet." Plate 20.
“Pendant Les ‘Modèles’ – Chez Madeleine Vionnet.” plate 20 from “Gazette du Bon Ton.” Volume 1, No. 3. April, 1932. Lithograph with hand-applied color. Thayaht, illustrator. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/pendant-les-mod%C3%A8les-chez-madeleine-vionnet-plate-20-from-gazette-du-bon-ton-volume-1-no-3-450156
Drawing of a ‘modèle de robe longue’. 1938-39.
Drawing of a ‘modèle de robe longue’. 1938-39. Madeleine Vionnet. Image © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/exhibitions/les-couturiers/madeleine-vionnet
"De La Fumée - Robe de Madeleine Vionnet."
“De La Fumée – Robe de Madeleine Vionnet.” Plate 13 from Gazette du Bon Ton, Volume 1, No. 2. March, 1922. Thayaht, illustrator. Publisher Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/pendant-les-mod%C3%A8les-chez-madeleine-vionnet-plate-20-from-gazette-du-bon-ton-volume-1-no-3-450156

Landscapes by Estonian artist Konrad Vilhelm Mägi. Living from 1878 to 1925 he seems to have loved bright colors as much as I do. Loving his bouncy clouds.

Landscape with Rocks. 1913-1914.
Landscape with Rocks. 1913-1914. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Konrad_M%C3%A4gi_-_Maastik_kividega_1913-1914.JPG
Landscape. ca. 1923-24.
Landscape. ca. 1923-24. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/landscape-konrad-magi.html
Landscape. 1908.
Landscape. 1908. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://wiki.cultured.com/people/Konrad_Magi/

An envisioning . . . 1944 in Ossining, New York and three AM.

Oh to be here.

The house silent but for the occasional scrape as the branches from the tree by the living room window brush up against the house. Another mug of a tea and a wait.

Baby due back on the funny milk train by dawn. Date with one of the soldiers and a meet up under the clock in front of the Plaza.  Dinner somewhere, a show and the night danced away near Broadway. A little much but the boy off for Boston and a convoy setting out for England to fight in the war.

But fun. Might as well have some fun out of it. Entire counties with no one for girls to date and Manhattan at least with some. Boston swarming it must be but almost as good.

Different back then at least sort of. Men gone in that war too but not going on as long except for in the newspapers that Father read at breakfast every morning. Headlines that were bad but enough boys around anyway at least sort of.

But not before. No, high school and three or four beaux. Boys to play tennis with and boys to sit in the balcony at the movies with and make Mother mad.

But a special one. Gotten in one of those trenches just before the Germans gave up but not forgotten. No. Handsome and nice and would have been worth waiting until the entire galaxy turned to paper, not just the moon.

But a memory and that to keep. . . .Saturday in a canoe with mother’s old parasol and up and down the river. . . .if only . . . a few hours but forever in one’s heart . . . safe there it is . . . .too bad he couldn’t stay there and never get hurt . . .

Canoeing on the Bronx River, Bronx Park, New York.
Canoeing on the Bronx River, Bronx Park, New York. 1915. Vintage postcard. via Facebook.

Carpet designs in perfect geometrics. Ready to get your carpet up off the floor and take itself to the other end of your hall. Textile designer at the Bauhaus Dessau. German. Lena Bergner, designer.

"Diagonal." 1938. Design for a knotted carpet. number 4/39.
“Diagonal.” 1938. Design for a knotted carpet. number 4/39. Image © Central Directory of Antiquarian Books. Fair use license. via http://www.design-is-fine.org/post/180080945534/lena-meyer-bergner-design-no-439-diagonal
Carpet design on light cardboard. ca. 1937.
Carpet design on light cardboard. ca. 1937. Image © Central Directory of Antiquarian Books. Fair use license. via https://www.zvab.com/kunst-grafik-poster/Komposition-Teppichentw%C3%BCrfe-LENA-MEYER-BERGNER/30036543221/bd
Color drawing of a textile design. 1937.
Color drawing of a textile design. 1937. Image © Zucker Art Books. Fair use license. via https://www.zuckerartbooks.com/artist/Lena_Bergner/works/1994