2016 Exhibition: Thinkers and Dreamers

For her 2016 show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Maud created artworks inspired by such authors as Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Henry James, Stella Gibbons, Charlotte Bronte, Vita Sackville-West, and Oscar Wilde. Her works particularly feature strong women from literature. A selection of plein air paintings from her travels in France, England, and Italy were included, as well as a miniature paintings on the backs of New York City Metrocards, which featured a range of portraits, landscapes and cityscapes, and still life.

The exhibition ran from December 2nd, 2016 through January 7th, 2017 at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, which is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Some of the works are can still be seen at the gallery.

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Maud Taber-Thomas’s 2016 artist talk, in which she discusses literature, Renaissance music, and how they relate to her paintings, is now available to watch on Youtube.

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Literary Portraits

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Queen of Snow, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60″

The night is darkening round me,

The wild winds coldly blow;

But a tyrant spell has bound me,

And I cannot, cannot go.

 -Emily Bronte, ‘The Night is Darkening Around Me’

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Summer, 2016, Oil on Panel, 12 x 16

Shy as the squirrel and wayward as the swallow,

Swift as the swallow along the river’s light

Circleting the surface to meet his mirrored winglets,

Fleeter she seems in her stay than in her flight.

-George Meredith, ‘Love in the Valley’

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Jane Eyre, 2016, Oil on Panel, 16 x 20

‘Were you happy when you painted these pictures?’ asked Mr.Rochester presently.

‘I was absorbed, sir: yes, and I was happy. To paint them, in short, was to enjoy one of the keenest pleasures I have ever known.’

‘That is not saying much. Your pleasures, by your own account, have been few; but I daresay you did exist in a kind of artist’s dreamland while you blent and arranged these strange tints.

 -Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Afternoon Tea, 2016, Oil on Panel, 8 x 10

Gwendolen.  I had no idea there were any flowers in the country.

Cecily.  Oh, flowers are as common here, Miss Fairfax, as people are in London.

 -Oscar Wilde, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

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Jack and Algernon Eating Muffins, 2016, Oil on Panel, 16 x 12

Jack.  How can you sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out.  You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.

Algernon.  Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner.  The butter would probably get on my cuffs.  One should always eat muffins quite calmly.  It is the only way to eat them.

Jack.  I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.

Algernon.  When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me.  Indeed, when I am in really great trouble, as any one who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink.  At the present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy.  Besides, I am particularly fond of muffins.

-Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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Milly: Wings of the Dove, 2016, Oil on Panel, 18 x 24

‘Everything suits her so—especially her pearls. They go so with her old lace. I’ll trouble you really to look at them.’ Densher, though aware he had seen them before, had perhaps not ‘really’ looked at them, and had thus not done justice to the embodied poetry…. ‘She’s a dove,’ Kate went on, ‘and one somehow doesn’t think of doves as bejeweled. Yet they suit her down to the ground.’

 -Henry James, The Wings of the Dove

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Miranda, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 22 x 30

Miranda. Sweet lord, you play me false.

 -William Shakespeare, The Tempest

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Tempest Chess Game, 2016, Charcoal on Arches, 20 x 30

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The Tempest: ‘Where the bee sucks, there suck I,’ 2016

Oil on Panel, 12 x 12

Where the bee sucks. there suck I:
In a cowslip’s bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

 -William Shakespeare, The Tempest

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Athena, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48

O, warlike Pallas…
Gymnastic virgin of terrific mind,
Dire Gorgon’s bane, unmarried, blessed, kind:
Mother of arts, impetuous; understood,
Rage to the wicked, wisdom to the good:
Female and male, the arts of war are thine…

Hear me, O Goddess, when to thee I pray,
With supplicating voice both night and day,
And in my latest hour, give peace and health,
Propitious times, and necessary wealth,
And, ever present, be thy votaries aid,
O, much implored, art’s parent, blue-eyed maid.

-Orphic Hymn to Athena

 

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Flora Poste,  2016, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40

Flora inherited, however, from her father a strong will and from her mother a slender ankle. The one had not been impaired by always having her own way nor the other by the violent athletic sports in which she had been compelled to take part, but she realized that neither was adequate as an equipment for earning her keep.

 -Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

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Lawrence Seldon: House of Mirth, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48

He had seated himself on an arm of the chair near which she was standing, and she continued to question him…

‘Don’t you ever mind,’ she asked suddenly, ‘not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?’

He followed her glance about the room, with its worn furniture and shabby walls.

‘Don’t I just? Do you take me for a saint on a pillar?’

‘And having to work—do you mind that?’

‘Oh, the work itself is not so bad—I’m rather fond of the law.’

‘No; but the being tied down: the routine—don’t you ever want to get away, to see new places and people?’

‘Horribly—especially when I see all my friends rushing to the steamer.’

She drew a sympathetic breath. ‘But do you mind enough—to marry to get out of it?’

Selden broke into a laugh. ‘God forbid!’ he declared.

 -Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

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Elizabeth Bennet: Pride and Prejudice, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40

Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her.

 -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Lady Slane: All Passion Spent, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48

Sitting there in the sun at Hampstead, in the late summer, under the south wall and the ripened peaches, doing nothing with her hands, she remembered the day she had become engaged to Henry. She had plenty of leisure now, day in, day out, to survey her life as a tract of country traversed, ….And what, precisely, had been herself, she wondered—an old woman looking back on the girl she had once been? This wondering was the softest, most wistful, of occupations; yet it was not melancholy; it was, rather, the last, supreme luxury; a luxury she had waited all her life to indulge. There was just time, in this reprieve before death, to indulge herself to the full. She had, after all, nothing else to do. For the first time in all her life—no, for the first time since her marriage—she had nothing else to do. She could lie back against death and examine life. Meanwhile, the air was full of the sound of bees.

-Vita Sackville-West, All Passion Spent

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Fanfare in Purple and Gold, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30

Art is a goddess of dainty thought, reticent of habit, abjuring all obtrusiveness, purposing in no way to better others. She is, withal selfishly occupied with her own perfection only – having no desire to teach.

 -James Abbott McNeill Whistler, ‘Ten O’Clock Lecture’

 

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Plein Air Paintings

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View of the Louvre from the Tuilleries, Paris, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

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Ferris Wheel in the Tuilleries, Paris, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Lion and Diana Statues and the Luxembourg Garden, Paris, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Statues in the Tuilleries Garden, Paris, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Palace, Luxembourg Garden, Paris, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Luxembourg Garden, Paris, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Connemara I, Oil on Paper, 9 x 6

 

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Connemara II, Oil on Paper, 9×7.25

 

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Connemara III, Oil on Paper, 9 x 6

 

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Connemara IV, Oil on Paper, 9 x 5.25

 

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Connemara V, Oil on Paper, 9 x 5.25

 

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Clifden Castle, Connemara, Oil on Paper, 9 x 4.75

 

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Connemara VI, Oil on Paper, 9 x 5.75

 

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Connemara VII, Oil on Paper, 9 x 4.5

 

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Connemara VIII, Oil on Paper, 9 x 6.75

 

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Grazing Sheep in Yorkshire, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Sligo Creek Autumn Foliage, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Sligo Creek, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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Piazza Signoria, Florence, Oil on Paper, 4.5 x 6

 

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View of the Duomo, Florence, Oil on Paper, 5.75 x 6.75

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Metrocard Paintings

These miniature works are all painted in oil on the backs of New York City Metrocards, which is why they have the distinctive shape with one cut corner and a hole in one side. They are all 2-1/8 x 3-1/4 inches, and they were all painted in 2016.

Still Life with Books and a Vase

Still Life with Books and a Vase

Carving and Tree in Oxford

Carving and Tree in Oxford

Carving on Merton College, Oxford

Carving on Merton College, Oxford

Connemara Lake View

Connemara Lake View

Cow in Connemara

Cow in Connemara

Eagle Owl Landing

Eagle Owl Landing

Gothic Street, York, England

Gothic Street, York, England

Horse in Tully Cross, Connemara

Horse in Tully Cross, Connemara

King's College Chapel, Cambridge

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

King's College, Cambridge

King’s College, Cambridge

Kylemore Abey, Connemara

Kylemore Abey, Connemara

Mercury by Pajou at the Louvre

Mercury by Pajou at the Louvre

Angel Outside the Bodleian, Oxford

Angel Outside the Bodleian, Oxford

Oxford Carving I

Oxford Carving I

Oxford Carving II

Oxford Carving II

Oxford Carving on Hertford College

Oxford Carving on Hertford College

Oxford Carving on St. Mary's Church

Oxford Carving on St. Mary’s Church

Oxford View from St. Mary's Church

Oxford View from St. Mary’s Church

Piazza del Campo, Siena

Piazza del Campo, Siena

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Piazza San Marco, Venice

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral

Slovenia II

Slovenia II

Slovenia III

Slovenia III

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

St. John's Bridge, Cambridge

St. John’s Bridge, Cambridge

The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe

The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe

The Pyramid at the Louvre

The Pyramid at the Louvre

Tuscan Hill Town

Tuscan Hill Town

Tuscan Hillside I

Tuscan Hillside I

Tuscan Hillside II

Tuscan Hillside II

Tuscan Hillside III

Tuscan Hillside III

Venice at Twilight

Venice at Twilight

View of Georgetown from Foggy Bottom

View of Georgetown from Foggy Bottom

View Uptown from the World Trade Center I

View Uptown from the World Trade Center I

View Uptown from the World Trade Center II

View Uptown from the World Trade Center II

Washington View of Georgetown and the Cathedral

Washington View of Georgetown and the Cathedral

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