Category: Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat: From Street Art to Masterpieces

Born on this day December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat, a name that reverberates powerfully in the world of contemporary art, is emblematic of a journey from street art to masterpieces. Basquiat’s artistic prowess transcended the boundaries of conventional artistry, bringing to the forefront a unique blend of neo-expressionism and primitivism. Basquiat …

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Achille Vianelli and the Rich Heritage of Italian Landscape Painting

Achille Vianelli, a highly revered 19th-century artist, significantly contributed to the rich heritage of Italian landscape painting. Born on this day December 21, 1803 in southern Italy, Vianelli is renowned for his distinctive watercolor paintings that beautifully capture the essence of the Italian landscape. He skillfully employed the watercolor medium to portray the breathtaking vistas …

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The Artistry and History of Stained Glass: Exploring a Timeless Craft

Step back in time and discover the mesmerizing world of stained glass. This timeless craft has been captivating hearts and minds for centuries, combining intricate designs with the play of light and color. From the grandeur of medieval cathedrals to the subtle beauty of Tiffany lamps, stained glass has left a mark on the art …

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Remembering Gluck in Pictures

British artist Gluck was born into a wealthy, Jewish family as Hannah Gluckstein on August 13, 1895. Their father founded and ran the restaurant and hotel business J. Lyons & Co. in their London home, where Gluck was able to study the arts. Gluck passed away on January 10, 1978 in Steyning, UK. Gluck defied …

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Charley Harper’s Fresh Modernist Take on America’s Wildlife

Today is the birthday of American Modernist artist Charley Harper, born August 4, 1922 on a farm in Frenchton, West Virginia. He is best known for his unique self-described “minimal realism” artistic interpretation of American wildlife. After growing up on the farm, he went to the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his wife, Edie Mckee, …

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“Palm Valley” by Albert Namatjira

Painter Albert Namatjira was born on this day July 28, 1902 in South Australia.

“Jersey Silk Mills” by Oscar Bluemner

Jersey Silk Mills was painted by Oscar Bluemner, born Frederick Julius Oskar Bluemner on June 21, 1867, in the small town of Prenzlau, located in the Brandenburg region of central Prussia.

Brilliant in Blue: Raoul Dufy

Painter Raoul Dufy was born on this day June 3, 1877 in Le Havre, France. He may have been best known for his brilliant, bright watercolors, and he was a dedicated follower of Fauvism, which translates to “the wild beasts” in French. Fauvism favored strong colors over realism. What I love the most about Dufy …

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George Nakashima: Master of Organic Furniture Design

George Katsutoshi Nakashima created wood furniture with reverence and patience, sometimes keeping boards of wood around his workshop until their true essence was revealed to him. The furniture designer was born in Spokane, Washington on May 24, 1905 and passed away on June 15, 1990.  Even though he started designing furniture opposed to the popular concept of modern …

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“Boys and Pony, Coal Waste, Hopkins County” by Bill Burke

American photographer Bill Burke was born on this day April 8, 1943 in Derby, Connecticut.