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Meet the Masters

Grade Five

ARTIST: PRINT:

WOODVILLE, RICHARD CATON

WAITING FOR THE STAGE CORCORAN GALLERY WASHINGTON, D.C.

(1825-1855)

Americana Date: 1851 Size: 15" x 181/2" Medium: Oil on Canvas

ARTIST - Woodville came from a well-to-do prestigious Baltimore family.

He attended fine

schools and finished his education at the University of he didn’t want to be a doctor. At 20, he was allowed to

Maryland School of Medicine. go with his new wife to Europe

He decided to study art.

From 1845-1851 he studied in Dusseldorf. Woodville spent the remaining and London. He died in London, at the age of 30, from an accidental

years of his life in Paris overdose of morphine.

Before he died, Woodville sent his draftsmanship and cheerful or kind considered to be a genre or daily environments at work and at play.

paintings back to America.

Their fresh

humor gained them life painter because

an he

eager audience. painted people in

color, excellent Woodville was their everyday

PRINT - In Waiting for the Stage, Woodville created a setting in which most spectators could picture themselves. In the tradition of Dusseldorf artists, he included many minute details to enrich the story. One man reads the newspaper, while the other two men are engaged in a game of cards. In the background there is a stove with a teakettle, a mirror with notes stuck on it, and a blackboard with messages written. The one man's bag is leaning beside him on the floor, ready to go when the stage arrives. Most people can relate to this scene. We have all had to wait at some time and had to find ways to pass the time. Woodville's rich, warm hues and subtle shading enhance the familiar homey feeling we get from this painting.

PORTFOLIO C PAIRED WITH:

HASSAM ALLIES DAY, MAY 1917

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