Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Will Hinds dedicated his life to preserving in art an awareness and appreciation for the southern Gulf coast. After a successful career in the oil industry, he devoted himself to painting full-time in the late 1960s, creating realistically detailed scenes of the landscapes and rural lifestyles found along the southern coasts of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. He explained, "I want to be a historian for my part of the country, and I aim to keep painting my southern environment . . . I paint the serenity of the country and the remnants of the...
Created by: Hinds, Will
Simon has a German bisque head with black hair and brown eyes. He is an Acadian gentleman and wears the clothing associated with that ethnicity in the mid-18th century. This consists of a dark brown wool suit and cape with separate white linen cuffs and broad collar. He has a leather belt with a silver buckle, which would have been a sign of someone beginning to accumulate wealth, as would the steel buckle on his black felt broad-brimmed hat. He has green wool stockings and black leather shoes. His dress reflects the somberness of conservative lower middle-class fashion of the time as well as a particularly Acadian...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Certain common interests seem to show up in artists throughout the centuries. One of these is the attraction of artists to theatrical design. That was particularly true of French Academic master Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier. A naturally dramatic character himself, Meissonier prepared for most of his major paintings by creating elaborate sets and costumes and hiring models to pose in them, sometimes including himself among them. Given that proclivity, it is not surprising that he chose to work for the professional theatre as well. He also shared in the nostalgia for the glorious French past of Louis XIII and Louis XIV that...
Created by: Meissonier, J.L.E.