Quentin Roosevelt, son of US 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and one of his “White House Gang” playmates, Rosewell Flower Pinckney, in 1902. The White House Gang was made up of the young companions of the Roosevelt children who wrecked havoc on White House decorem, shooting spit balls at a portrait of Andrew Jacksonand wearing fake monocles, among other childhood pranks.
Source: White House Historical Association
I thought, on the train, how utterly we have forsaken the Earth, in the sense of excluding it from our thoughts. There are but few who consider its physical hugeness, its rough enormity. It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes & barrens & wilds. It still dwarfs & terrifies & crushes. The rivers still roar, the mountains still crash, the winds still shatter. Man is an affair of cities. His gardens & orchards & fields are mere scrapings. Somehow, however, he has managed to shut out the face of the giant from his windows. But the giant is there, nevertheless.
The Blue Bush, 1908, oil on canvas, 71 x 107 cm, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Konstantin Yuon was a noted Russian painter and theatre designer. He co-founded the Union of Russian Artists and the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia. He started as an Impressionist landscape and genre painter with a Symbolist note. To the end of his life Yuon became a strict social realism artist.
Sun, Church in Zeeland, 1909-1910, Tate Modern Art Gallery, London.
Mondrian visited the Zeeland region of the Dutch coast each summer during 1908-10. There, he painted towering buildings such as this church at Zoutelande. Contrasting oranges and blues create an impression of strong, flooding sunlight. This combines with the monumental scale of the tower to create a powerful, mystical mood. Mondrian later explained that pure colour was the means “to find a new way to express the beauty of nature”.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Seen from the Thames, 1906, oil on canvas, 99.1 x 80.1 cm, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA.
After the great financial success of Claude Monet’s views of the Thames River, André Derain’s dealer, Ambroise Vollard, convinced him to paint London, too. During two trips to England in 1905 and 1906, Derain made thirty views of the city. This one features Sir Christopher Wren’s famous 17th-century cathedral. Being a Fauvist painter, Derain has distilled and expressed his emotions about the subject using intensified colors and a simplified design.