Most women enjoy or appreciate Jane Austen’s work. I am one of those women, and although I don’t necessarily like everything I’ve read by Austen, and while I haven’t actually read all of her books, I do appreciate what I have read. I also liked a recent movie called Austenland that took a comedic take on our obsession with Austen.
I recently came across another way of honoring Austen at the Springville Art Museum in Springville, Utah. I was there on a women’s history tour, and the museum had pulled out some of the art it holds by female artists with female subjects.
I saw this one and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
My favorite touch is the red wax seal on her signature of the work.
I hope the artist doesn’t mind me sharing her work with you. The museum staff said it was okay to take pictures, so I did.
This frilly, feminine, and girly take on Jane Austen seems just about perfect, especially given the mixed media background with pages and pictures from Austen’s books.
My daughter, another Austenite, will enjoy this picture. Thanks for sharing, BTG
I hope your daughter likes it.
I know that Austen is so often referred to as a “woman’s author” – meaning that women love her and men don’t understand her – but I have to say that she has always been one of my favorites and my wife can’t stand her.
This makes me happy to hear. Of course men can like her and not all women do!
I find the artist’s message really touching. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures 🙂
So true! I read Mansfield Park during my breaks in my stressful work place. Austen’s steady and precise prose calmed me down and probably prevented me from snapping at my coworkers.
That is a great use of an Austen novel! Nice stress relief!
I like some of the things she’s done here (I don’t know what to call it, but what she did in the background), but I can’t say that her portrait looks anything like any of the pictures I’ve seen of Jane.
Yeah, I think the face is all wrong. Too pretty? I guess the background is called mixed multimedia.
It’s very nice, but I think the impulse to make her prettier than she was kind of goes against the grain for me.
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Loved Jane Austen books too…
Jane looks like she has her own Disney film, but I love it. The flowers on the dress and shawl make me think of Lizzie Bennett or Marianne Dashwood roaming the countryside!
Agreed! I think this look more like how we imagine the characters.
The painting doesn’t look like Jane, but it is a lovely tribute to her.
Then again, nobody knows exactly what she looked like, given that the only verified painting of her face is a sketch by her sister and relatives didn’t think it was a good likeness: http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw00230/Jane-Austen
I love JA — thanks for sharing. 🙂
Ah good point! I guess we can imagine her in whatever way we’d like.
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I love how vibrant it is! Cassandra’s portrait can sometimes feel so subdued.
I like the colors and the energy.
Been a huge Austen fan since I was a teenager. Love how the artist captures all the romance whimsy Jane is know for. Great picture!
You describe it perfectly. Romance and whimsy!
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Lovely painting of Jane Austen.
That tour sounds great! Also, love the photo from IG of you with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich–way cool.
On a totally unrelated note, I love your site’s redesign. You and Kay are inspiring me to get my act together and update mine!
It was an amazing tour! And yes, I got to meet Laurel Thatcher Ulrich! *squeal* I guess you know you’re a nerd when … And thanks for the praise of my new site theme. Sometimes it can be fun to change things up a little.
I know what people mean if they say that Jane Austen’s novels are all pretty similar..but I love ‘Pride and Prejudice’ anyways, one of my favourite books 🙂 Btw, if you have the opportunity, visit the Jane Austen Center in Bath – I’ve been there and it was amazing!
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Good suggestion! Next time I make it to England, I’ll be sure to visit there.
This is beautiful! I love this kind of thing, thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! 🙂
I am so addicted to books, you wouldn’t imagine what haven I found in your blog!! 🙂 🙂
Glad you are here! 🙂