{Artist} Annie French

Sometimes we can learn so much about an artist by the life they leave behind & other times, we have only their life's work to gaze at to try in some way imagine what they must have been like. And this sadly, is very true for Annie French, born in (1872-1975) Glasgow, Scotland, she was a 19th & 20th century painter, etcher and illustrator, who taught ceramic decoration at the Applied Art Studios of the Glasgow School of Art. She was the daughter of a metallurgist. She studied under Fra Newbery and the Belgian Symbolist, Jean Delville (1896-1902) at the Glasgow School of Art. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, Aubrey Beardsley and Jesse M. King, she developed a style combining vivid colours, curvilinearity of form and almost confetti-like textures. She made many watercolours and pen drawings to illustrate children's books, a studio critic once described her work as having, 'individual charm in it's highly decorative quality and elegance of design'. Her work flourished between 1900 and 1925, she married the etcher and stained-glass artist, George Woolliscroft-Rhead in 1914. Even with this little bit of information about her life, one only has to look at her work and discover a soul full of passion and creativity, one who was very well capable of creating her own world with a very dreamy style. An expanse of work that runs deep in the 'Glasgow style' of creating, seen also in Charles Rennie Mackintosh & his wife Margaret MacDonald.  I find it sad there is very little information on her, but I hope in time with some digging in various places, I will be able to discover more. I hope that you'll enjoy her work too!! Have a wonderful day dolls!!

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Group of female painters in Drawing & Painting class at Glasgow School of Art.
Among them is Ann Macbeth (third women on the left in the back looking at her painting) and Annie French, though there was no info in my researching to tell me which is Annie :(


{The Briar Maiden} My Favourite <3

{Collecting Swallow's Nests}



{The Peacock Coat}


{The Peacock and the Rose}


{My Love is like a Red Red Rose}



{Ophelia}


{The Lilac Veil}



{All images via the internet}

76 comments

  1. I have never heard of Annie French, so thank you for introducing me to her beautiful works. M x

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  2. Wow! Really love the colours and the subjects of those pictures!
    Timeless Mode

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  3. These are just beautiful. They remind me a little of Alphonse Mucha, but in a far more feminine and dreamy way. Just stunning. Have a lovely day xo

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  4. Her work is so beautiful Kizzy! Thanks so much for introducing me to such a talented artist - The Briar Maiden is my favourite, too xo

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    1. Am pleased you enjoyed doll, my pleasure! Am glad you love the same one as me too :) xo

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  5. They are all stunning. I need to see more. Thanks for your blog.

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  6. the briar maiden is my favorite too...love the whimsy and feminine grace portrayed in each of these.

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  7. I didn't know her, but I really appreciate!
    Thanks
    V

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    1. You're welcome, all a pleasure for me :)

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  8. It's so magically beautiful! Thank you for highlighting this artist!She deserves it...

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  9. Absolutely stunning work, didn't know her before, thanks for sharing Kizzy. These painting are fantastic, what talent. My fave is also the briar maiden (reminds me of the kiss by Klimt in composition somehow) and the peacock coat :) Thanks doll, have a grand day,
    Ax

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    1. Am glad you like her works doll!! Wish you a gorgeous day too xo

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  10. One of the things I LOVE about your blog--besides how wonderfully positive you are--is the fact that I am consistantly learning new things. While I have HEARD of Annie French, I haven't SEEN anything from her. Also, BIBA was neat to read about as well! Thank you for conisistantly exposing us to new, wonderful, and beautiful things/artists/clothes/etc.!
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    1. Am glad you enjoyed doll, thank you so much :) xx

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  11. Beautiful works Kizzy! I love the Collecting Swallows Nest. It is so gorgeous. Isn't sad how some don't get their due until after they are gone. They're recognized, but it would be awesome to get those same accolades while living. Thanks for featuring her.
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    1. Am glad you enjoyed it Kim!! I agree with you, it's sad. Some are more appreciated and others are forgotten when they're gone. Great work should always be praised :)) xx

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  12. Another wonderful artist I had never heard of before, so thank you again! :) It's true you can often understand what kind of mind an artist had/has just from looking at his/her work. And Annie seems to have been a dreamer and a lover of beautiful things - just like you and I :) I really like "The Peacock and the Rose", with it's subdued colors and then the blue patches that seem to shine! :D xxxxxxx

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    1. Yes, she does seem a dreamer and I love her mind :) Of course like you and I :))) All of them are wonderful, just love them :) xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  13. This work is wonderful Doll, I find it just amazing how you get hold of this kind of stuff, it's so good, thanks so much for sharing. You're right about trying to go back into time in your mind as well to try to realise the genius of this work, great post Doll.

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    1. Your welcome doll :)) Am pleased you enjoyed it x

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  14. My first introduction to Annie French's work. I really like the peacock influence.

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  15. Such pretty artwork...I love Ophelia. It looks so dreamy.

    xo erica

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  16. Beautiful. True that it's sorta sad that we don't get to know much about some interesting people.. but actually, that also gives them some feeling of mystery.
    have a lovely day Doll <3

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    1. I agree with you doll!! We end up having to use our own imagination as to what the person might have been like :)) <3 You have a sweet day too :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing this, I have never heard of her before. The "Collecting swallow's nests" is really lovely, and the colours are really beautiful. Happy first of May to you, I hope you've had a great day!

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    1. Thank you sweets!! I hope your week has been going lovely xx

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  18. she's awesome I love her work!!
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  19. Amazing... i can only imagine that patience it takes to get all the detailing in these images!

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  20. Amazing paintings! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  21. Her art looks very Kay Nielsen meets Klimt. I am in love.

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    1. Yes, I would say so too...so wonderful :)

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  22. Omg!! u always post amazing post. really like read all.

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  23. U always make amazing post. Really liked.

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  24. Wow..such a talented artist! Love the details in her craft! Thanks for sharing! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style Delights Blog

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    1. Thank you...hope you are having a great day too x

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  25. Thanks to you I'm getting to know great artists who haven't been paid enough attention (or maybe I simply didn't know about them). I like Annie's delicate touch in the use of vivid colours!
    Thank you Kizzy, Have a great day sweetie :-)
    xoxo
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    1. You're welcome!! She's so unknown, so it's a pleasure to share her work as I think it deserves more love :)) You have a great day too xoxo

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  26. wow, her work is so beautiful. very detailed! I can only imagine how long it would take her to do each one! Very talented! I love when you post about artists, I get to learn more about the creative world no matter what time artists lived in because art is timeless.

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    1. Am pleased you enjoy the art posts doll (knew you would) I enjoy doing them the most :) xx

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  27. How beautiful! I love the Pre-Raphaelites and I can certainly see their influence....Have you perhaps read the The Cat Eye by Margaret Atwood? That book really amazed me for it tackled with feminism in such an in-dept way...

    and I love how the protagonist in that novel says she paints women because painters paint women (she is a painter)...maybe it has something with the mystery of the gender that gives life:) She makes it sound like it is something more than feminism... I just love that novel so I want to recommend it. (It's also a bit dark because it deals with peer bullying in a young age...but even in that sense it shows the difference between aggression in boys and girls...and the unhealthy ways women (and little girls) sometimes suppress their problems...

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    1. Am happy you enjoy them doll, I will have a look for this book, it sounds wonderful!! Thank you for sharing it with me :))) xx

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  28. Beautiful paintings!!!
    Kisses
    Francy&Stef
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  29. Magical! The use of colour is amazing!

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  30. Her paintings are so amazing!!!
    Sorry for not answering before but I could not leave my comment to the other format g+!
    Have a wonderful weekend!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  31. Her work has a lot of Klint, hasn't it?
    I love it.
    Have a nice day, dear.

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  32. Wow, the color and details in tehse is just gorgeous.

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  33. Beautiful and exquisite works!! I love to discover the new artist women you regularly present us...
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  34. Such gorgeous work. so romantic and whimsical :)

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  35. This art is so interesting. It's amazing how many different types of are there are!
    xo
    Sharon

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  36. wen i visit ur blog it's like i go to another world which is what i really enjoy the most :) thanks for posting the photos.. those painting look like they're carvings.. the texture is just so rich

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  37. I'm totally inspired to paint peacocks now!

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  38. Artist's like this are some of my favourites, really inspiring works, plus I fancy period art and costume. That peacock coat is exquisite. Hopefully I'm sure you will find more about her soon. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend! xx/Madison

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  39. I'd never heard of Annie French before this post but her paintings are beautiful. I really love the 'Peacock Coat'.

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  40. Oh my wholly world, her works are so out of this world, she is brilliant!!! Her paintings are so lush, i love the way she defines women with her works so beautiful,the name Annie french sounds very familiar but cant really point out, thanks sweets for sharing. Just like the other day i was watching African masters, i was like Whaoooo.... seeing different art and paintings of all sorts i was thrilled.
    WhAO! So over the moon am among your winners, i am jumping right now....thank you, thank you.Kisses.
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  41. I am in love with these and I look forward to hearing about anything else you learn about her. There's something about the measured expressions on these beautiful renderings that intrigues me.
    Happy weekend to you!
    xo Mary Jo

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  42. I have always loved Annie French's work too. I think you'll find that in the photo she is the one standing and to the right (facing the camera).
    The book entitled Glasgow Girls has a pic of her. SJ

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  43. I have always loved Annie French's work. If you want more info. on her try the book Glasgow Girls, ed. Jude Burkhauser. I am fairly certain that she is the one standing to the right and facing the camera in the photo.
    Simon James

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    1. Thanks so much, I'll get that book :) I checked it out at the library once with a mass of other books, but didn't get to it in time before it was due back. I'll just buy it :) You know, I had a feeling that the one your certain is her, is the one I thought might be her, it just seemed to fit :) Thanks so much for the comment, good to know of another who loves her too :)

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  44. Of course, you WOULD put a post full of lovely peacock shots! ;)

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