Here is an interesting quandary for you

What would you do with Mom?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 14:01:06

    Really, it’s huge, probably 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. That’s the reason her grown children are trying to find someone with the space and the appreciation for a vintage image of a woman looking radiant in her wedding dress.


  2. Kim
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 14:10:31

    From what I read they still have it but are looking for a home. I have seen a few very reasonable ideas on what to do with it. From having quality photos of it done then rolling the canvas up to store all the way to simply cutting her bust out and having it reframed.

    I love it – I would take it in a heart beat

    but that’s just me


  3. offthecuff
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 16:34:40

    Again, this situation makes me ask, What was this woman thinking?? Why have a ginormous bridal portrait?

    Is it another example of women who think they’re “Queen” for the day on a day that should rather reflect a humble, gracious coming together of two servants, along with their families, before God?

    Yet, this woman couldn’t let herself go, but sets herself on canvas to be worshiped like some historical monument? Where is the groom’s gigantic portrait? Did she marry herself?

    And now her kids must guilt through what to do with Mama, long before she was even perhaps Mama. I say they each give it (a nothing) a kiss and move on. Those tubes of paint dispersed are not their Mama and I’m sure they have amassed plenty of other dutiful pics of the person they wish to remember.

    Perhaps a gallery will pick up this work. The artistry is much better than many I’ve seen on display.


  4. Kim
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 18:19:45

    According to the story Irma did a bit of modeling as a younger woman. Not long after her wedding, she put her dress and veil back on and posed for this portrait at the request of a photography place on 29th and Clybourn called The Salon Studio. She was paid $4.


    • Kim
      Oct 19, 2011 @ 18:20:32

      For years, the framed work was displayed at the store. In the 1960s, Joseph decided to surprise his wife, so he obtained the portrait – it’s not clear if he had to buy it – and gave it to Irma as an anniversary present.


  5. offthecuff
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 21:40:01

    That would explain its size and purpose!


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