Famous Capricorn Painters
In June of last year, I posted Art of the Zodiac & Artists' Astrological Signs. We learned that three of my favorite artists -- Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and John Singer Sargent -- were Capricorns like me. Since the Tropical Zodiac for Capricorn runs thru 21 January, this is a good time to post about famous Capricorns.
Here's Paul Cezanne looking like he's painting outside in his bathrobe (un peignoir) and jammies. There is some criticism of this self-portrait for being informal and unfinished.
|White Roses and Cherries (1865)|
Matisse has been well-covered in many of my other posts, so I am adding Capricorn painter Henri Fantin-Latour. His floral paintings have been used in my lesson plans about Manet, along with other paintings of peonies by Monet. Here is the one I show students alongside Manet's Peonies for a discussion of similarities and differences.
|Capri Girl |
(Among the Olive Trees, Capri)
(1879) John Singer Sargent
Capri Girl is perhaps my all-time favorite painting by John Singer Sargent. I saw it in-person with my daughter and we both had to stop and stare at it for a while. Rosina Ferrara was one of Sargent's frequent models for several of his paintings.
Capricorn -- The Sea Goat
Something I never knew about the symbology of Capricorn is that it is the Sea Goat, meaning that it is an aquatic animal that is half goat (~Alpine Ibex) and half fish. Here is a cropped photo from Getty Images of a herd of Ibexes by the sea. Maybe their back legs become tails when they get wet. Ha!
|Austria, Carinthia, View of Alpine Ibex|
|Photo by Ollie Atkins,|
Nixon's Chief Photographer
Elvis Presley famously visited the White House in December 1970 during the presidency of Richard Nixon, coincidentally also a Capricorn. Nixon is joined by fellow Capricorn U.S. Presidents Millard Filmore, Andrew Johnson, and Woodrow Wilson, each with a mixed legacy.
The movie, Elvis & Nixon, was later released in 2016. An obscure movie...Can you name the actors?
|Portrait of Newton at 46 (1689),|
by Godfrey Kneller
Astronomer Sir Isaac Newton was a Capricorn, along with other scientists, including George Washington Carver, Isaac Asimov, Benjamin Franklin, and modern-day Stephen Hawking. I recently watched part of the ("Descent") episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Lt. Commander Data plays poker on the holodeck with holographic representations of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein (a Pisces).
I wonder if you're aware that Capricorn author J.R.R. Tolkien (of Lord of the Rings fame) was also an accomplished artist and illustrator. Here's one of his drawings from The Hobbit.
|Image from Aladdin Sane Album 1973,|
Graphic designer, Celia Philo &
Photographer Brian Duffy