Showers of sweet love
Flaming locks of auburn hair
I wrote this Senryu before searching for an image, as is the usual case. Part of the fun/challenge for me is searching for just the right image after I complete my piece.
My initial idea for an image was different. Yet, in my search, this image caught my eye … maybe because of my fondness for the illustration.
I could have left it at that … but it seemed a shame not to expound on the illustrator — since I collect his work. So … that being said … this has become a two part post — not related to each other — except through the image.
This is one of the famous images of the American illustrator Harrison Fisher.
Known as “The Father of A Thousand Girls”, Harrison Fisher (1875-1934), became noted for his ability to draw beautiful women. His Fisher girls became rivals to those of Gibson and Christy. The American Girl was a favorite theme for the “Puck” magazine, and Fisher did cover illustrations for most of them. Fisher also illustrated for Hearst publications, the most widely circulated in the country at the time, which made the illustrator very famous. He was a top cover artist for “Cosmopolitan”. He also did covers for “Saturday Evening Post”, “Scribners”, “Life” and other magazine work, and for some time, there was scarcely a leading publication that did not have his work. His work is also featured in old novels, postcards, and on tins.
Ray’s mother and her sister collected Harrison Fishers for years. My collection started with a few as wedding gifts from them. Over the years, my collection has grown to over 100 of his “girls”. The majority of my collection hangs throughout our home, although I still have a few needing frames as well as space to enjoy them. In the room where most of my work is written, I am surrounded by at least 20 framed “Fisher Girls”.
Here are a few of his lovelies to enjoy and get a “feel” for his style
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