Friday, 24 March 2017

Art on Friday; Fidelia Bridges

Fidelia Bridges (1834 - 1923) was known for her meticulous botanical studies, many of which were painted outdoors in nature. 

Fidelia Bridges, ca. 1864 

Fidelia Bridges was often lonely and sad, but her exquisite paintings convey a lyrical joy in the birds and flowers she loved.

During her lifetime, she was one of the very few women artists who could support herself with her work. Though now largely forgotten, she was one of the most renowned artists of her time.

She limited her subjects to birds and plants, which she rendered with exquisite detail and a poetic sensibility.

Crows

Guest house Salem

Marsh

Birds nest and fern

Vine

Milkweeds

Thistle in a field

swallows

© KH

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