We recently visited three different Museums the Titanic in Pigeon Forge, TN, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, and the Museum of Arts in Huntsville, AL. It was an opportunity to discover and experience the wonders of art through my child's eye. Each place allowed us to step back in time, create a masterpiece and admire the many different styles of art on display.
On our vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN we visited the Titanic. The titanic is known as the "Ship of Dreams" a great luxury ship that sailed at noon on April 10, 1912 from Southampton, England. Even though the Titanic was touted as “unsinkable", four days later, the dreams and aspirations of both designers and passengers would realize that the Titanic was not the modern marvel it was named to be. Among the loss of a luxurious ship about one thousand four hundred and ninety-five lives were taken by this disaster. Among them an American illustrator and painter Francis Davis Millet.
Francis Davis Millet was born November 3, 1946 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. At age sixteen, Millet entered his state regiment, as a drummer boy then moved up in his regiment as a surgical aide in the American Civil War. Millet's older paintings repeatedly used his experiences with vibrant red, as blood from the wounded soldiers. He graduated with a Master of Arts from Harvard University and worked as a reporter for the Boston Courier. In the mid 1870's he lived and had an art studio in Rome.
A majority of Millet's paintings were of people, such as "Reading the Story of Oenone" 1883", A Cosey Corner" 1884, "Between two Fires" 1892, and "Wandering Thoughts" 1899. However, he has five landscape paintings and two of them are on a traveling display at the Titanic Museums in Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson, Missouri donated by Harvard University. Due to copyright restrictions the painting is not able to be viewed online.
Millet's picture "Remembrance of Days at Abbot" is on display at the Pigeon Forge, TN's Titanic museum. Millet combines historical imagery, references to the daily flow of events, and personal musings to create works that respond to his inner soul. "Remembrance of Days at Abbot" is a reflection of a magical medieval grange of his old studio and home founded in 1880. "Abbot's Grange" is nestled in the lea of Broadway hill, medieval monastic manor house stands in over eight acres of ground at the center of Broadway, Worcestershire - one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. His painting instills a warm summer feeling, the background is fairly bright, with the a medieval grange set to the left and workers gleaning seeds of wheat, or some other plants from the fields. Rich blues in the sky with powerful formations of clouds are accented with the light that touches "Abbot's Grange" and the workers. There are focus points, time and motion, balance, scale and proportion, and unity all within Millet's painting. His landscapes are rich and full...