DAILY ART FIX: The Hidden Life of Beatrix Potter

Art world links which caught my eye…

Beatrix Potter “Studies of Bees and Other Insects” watercolor over pencil

Beatrix Potter’s gently strange stories and her illustrations of primly dressed animals have delighted generations. She developed her artistic skills during childhood isolation; her creative work earned her freedom in her maturity.

The experiences she made as a child in many ways inform the plot of her stories. These may appear juvenile at a first glance, as stories of anthropomorphic animals invariably seem unless they are called Animal Farm, yet the subject matter is deeply serious. All the children in her tales have absent parents and deal with life-threatening situations, restriction of one kind or another being the common theme. Constricting clothing, garden walls, tree trunks, barnyard equipment and humans serve as foils to individual freedom in many cases. Although there is no proof for Potter having suffered from depression, it does not seem too far a leap to assume that she channelled her loneliness into writing, producing a creative outlet of sorts to void her negative feelings.

Read the full article here: MEDIUM – The Hidden Life of Beatrix Potter


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