Elihu Vedder, 1870 - Memory - fine art print

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Details of this art product

In 1870 Elihu Vedder made this piece of art. The artpiece has the following size: 20 5/16 × 14 3/4 in (51,59 × 37,47 cm) and was painted with the techinque oil on mahogany panel. What is more, the artwork forms part of the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142.000 objects that illuminate 6.000 years of artistic expression across the globe. We are glad to reference that this public domain artpiece is being included with courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org).: . What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is in portrait format with a ratio of 1 : 1.4, which means that the length is 29% shorter than the width.

Product materials our customers can pick from

We offer a range of different sizes and materials for every product. We allow yout to choose among the following variants:

  • The acrylic glass print: An print on acrylic glass, which is often referenced as a UV print on plexiglass, transforms your favorite original work of art into brilliant décor. Your work of art is being custom-made with the help of modern UV direct printing technology. This creates rich and sharp color shades.
  • Poster print (canvas material): A poster print is a printed sheet of canvas with a granular structure on the surface, which reminds the original artwork. It is suited for putting your art copy with the help of a customized frame. Please keep in mind, that depending on the absolute size of the poster we add a white margin of something between 2-6cm around the artwork, which facilitates the framing with your custom frame.
  • Aluminium dibond print (metal): An Aluminium Dibond print is a material with an impressive depth effect. Its non-reflective surface make a contemporary look. For the Direct Aluminium Dibond option, we print the favorite artwork right onto the surface of the white-primed aluminum composite. Colors are vivid and luminous in the highest definition, details of the print are crisp and clear, and you can literally notice the matte appearance of the art print surface.
  • Canvas: The UV printed canvas material mounted on a wood frame. It creates the extra look of three dimensionality. The canvas makes a cosy and comfy feeling. How do I hang a canvas print on my wall? The advantage of canvas prints is that they are relatively low in weight, which means that it is easy and straightforward to hang up the Canvas print without any wall-mounts. Canvas prints are suitable for any type of wall.

Important information: We try all that we can in order to depict our products as accurate as possible and to exhibit them visually on the respective product detail pages. Still, the pigments of the printing material, as well as the print result might differ slightly from the presentation on your device's screen. Depending on your screen settings and the quality of the surface, not all colors are printed one hundret percent realistically. Since our fine art prints are processed and printed manually, there might as well be slight variations in the motif's exact position and the size.

Structured article information

Product classification: fine art print
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Manufacturing method: UV direct print (digital printing)
Production: made in Germany
Stock type: on demand
Product use: home design, wall decoration
Orientation: portrait format
Aspect ratio: 1 : 1.4 length to width
Meaning of image ratio: the length is 29% shorter than the width
Available product materials: metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), poster print (canvas paper), canvas print
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print): 50x70cm - 20x28", 100x140cm - 39x55"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): 50x70cm - 20x28", 100x140cm - 39x55"
Poster print (canvas paper) size variants: 50x70cm - 20x28"
Dibond print (alumnium material) options: 50x70cm - 20x28", 100x140cm - 39x55"
Framing of the art copy: please bear in mind that this art print does not have a frame

Structured artwork information

Title of the painting: "Memory"
Classification: painting
Art classification: modern art
Temporal classification: 19th century
Created in the year: 1870
Approximate age of artwork: over 150 years old
Painted on: oil on mahogany panel
Size of the original artpiece: 20 5/16 × 14 3/4 in (51,59 × 37,47 cm)
Exhibited in: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Location of museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Website: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
License type: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org)

Artist details

Artist: Elihu Vedder
Additional names: Vedder, Veder Elihu, vedder elihus, Elihu Vedder, e. vedder, Vedder Elihu
Artist gender: male
Nationality of artist: American
Professions: poet, painter
Country of origin: United States
Classification of the artist: modern artist
Age at death: 87 years
Year of birth: 1836
Place of birth: New York City, New York state, United States
Died: 1923
Deceased in (place): Rome, Roma province, Lazio, Italy

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Original artwork information as provided from Los Angeles County Museum of Art (© - by Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Notes from the Curator:

Memory is one of Vedder’s most symbolic paintings. Although it at first appears to be a straightforward nocturnal view of the beach and ocean, upon close scrutiny one sees a faint human face emerge in the cloudy sky. Similar images of a floating head appear in a group of Vedder’s drawings from the late 1860s. Later he would be fascinated by the related classical motif of the head of Medusa. The theme of floating and severed heads was popular with the English Pre-Raphaelites, and at the end of the century it became a characteristic motif of the symbolists. Artists used such imagery to suggest states of mind and ideas of a personal nature rather than to describe the material world.

The art historian Regina Soria has identified two of the artist’s drawings as bases for the museum’s painting: The Face in the Clouds, 1866 (Wunderlich & Co., New York, as of 1987), which was illustrated in Vedder’s autobiography The Digressions of V. (p. 287), and a small drawing done the next year with the title Memory inscribed on its original mat (LACMA, see illustration).

As the 1867 drawing was executed on March 19, the birthday of Carrie Rosekrans, Vedder’s fiancée at that time, it has been assumed that the head in the two drawings and the oil painting was that of Rosekrans. If the drawings were intended to be portraits of Rosekrans, they would have had to have been done from memory for she was not with Vedder at the times of their execution. Actually, it is difficult to ascertain either the sex or the age of the face in any of the three.

The head may be that of a child. When Vedder painted Memory, Rosekrans was pregnant with their first child, and some seven years later he was commissioned by a Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Dumaresq to make a similar painting using the face of their recently deceased son. Will South has noted that at least one contemporary of Vedder’s, English critic William Davies, referred to the head in the drawing Memory with the neuter "it" (Art Pictorial and Industrial: An Illustrated Magazine 1 [September 1870]: 49).

In none of Vedder’s own writings does he suggest a particular person or type as the model for the floating head. Perhaps the ambiguity of the sex and age of the head was intentional, for such imagery accords well with the artist’s lifelong fascination with imaginative subjects and his enthusiasm for a sense of mystery.

According to the artist’s annotation of the 1866 drawing The Face in the Clouds, he was inspired to create such a meditative image by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, "Break, Break, Break" (published 1842), in which the poet contemplates the sea and broods over the memory of lost ones. In Vedder’s painting the insubstantial, miragelike face, in contrast to the sharp reality of the shore and waves, suggests the transitory nature of life and the dreamlike quality of memory. In its quiet, mysterious mood the painting is quite evocative. The mauve palette and spectral quality of the night lighting also place Memory within the formal and conceptual tenets of late nineteenth-century symbolism. In fact, Memory ranks as one of the earliest symbolist images by an American.

Notes from the Contributor: Painting by Elihu Vedder (Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

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