Portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet by Barbara Sparhawk

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Portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet by 

Oil on Canvas, Detail of larger portrait portrait
American Poet 1807 – 1882.
A man of great ferocious tempo and histories. Still one of the most popular of our poets: Hiawatha, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, etc.
Henry Longfellow lived almost fifty years of his life while Queen Victoria ruled Britain from 1837 – 1901. There may have been some concentrated American effort to stand apart by lauding our pioneers and savage North America, and it sure wasn’t thwarted by being politically correct. Imagine while high tea was being mimicked on Park Avenue, this famous yankee poet had the courage to come up with the swashbuckling but doomed fantasy (loosely based on history c.1400) that started on the shores of Gitche Gumee, progressed to Daughter of the Moon Nokomis and right up and into the shining Big Sea Water! It was an instant & roaring success. Enough feathers were ruffled to make parodies galore, but it’s 125 years later and I’m not the only one who still remembers Longfellow’s words and wants a feather in my braid. The story teller poets were marvelous conjurers, Longfellow one of the best.
I met Nokomis when I was about seven years old and longed to make that birch bark canoe, moonlight, and woody adventureland my own. And Longfellow’s incredible epic of courage, mysticism, language, wildlife, and natives on these shores remain about one of the greatest tributes to Indian nations ever composed by anybody.

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  • Louise Cooke
    Louise Cookealmost 7 years ago

    Love that far, far away gaze …he looks a million miles away, deep in his own world. Such a compelling piece, beautifully done :)

  • helene
    helenealmost 7 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Louise, you’re very encouraging.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Helene.
    Wonderful to see the new photographs you’ve posted.

  • Vansk
    Vanskalmost 7 years ago

    love the tones here, and yes – those eyes….

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Vansk.
    Your photographs are very stirring.

  • alistair mcbride
    alistair mcbrideover 6 years ago

    Beautifuly done portrait Barbara.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkover 6 years ago

    Thank you Alistair, I really appreciate the bubblers looking at my paintings and drawings. It’s pretty overwhelming to have this kind of feedback, very moving for me.

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserover 6 years ago

    very well painted, very talented

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkover 6 years ago

    Very kind of you, mlqkats. I’ve always liked portrait painting. I can’t say it’s all pleasure, because the struggle is always on to get proportion and color right. Sometimes it all flows, but not every time. I discovered long ago however that with all creative work, you have to be able to stand it if it gets in an ugly stage, then push past that to make something wonderful. If you don’t risk experimenting, don’t push yourself into frustration and past that, you end up with commonplace work. Which, by the way, there’s very little of here. I think we all push.

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