Happy Birthday Maurice de Vlaminck!

French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) was one of the main figures of the Fauve movement. The Fauvists included Andre Derain and Henri Matisse amongst their members. The Fauvists (‘wild beasts’) were known for their use of intense colour which at the time, was quite innovative (1904 – 1908). Vlaminck was a very interesting artistContinue reading “Happy Birthday Maurice de Vlaminck!”

Happy Birthday Max Ernst!

Max Ernst born 1891- 1976 was a Surrealist artist. Born in Germany, he became a Naturalised American in 1948 and French in 1958. He was prolific in painting, sculpture, poetry and graphics art. He was a leading light and pioneer in his artistic approach to Surrealism and Dadaism. A lot of information about the artistContinue reading “Happy Birthday Max Ernst!”

Happy Birthday Cindy Sherman!

Today is the birthday of conceptual portrait photographer and film director Cindy Sherman.  Sherman was born in New Jersey USA 1954.   She received the MacArthur award in 1995 and currently lives and works in New York.  She studied visual art at Buffalo State college, abandoning  painting for photography. “I didn’t want to make ‘high’ art, IContinue reading “Happy Birthday Cindy Sherman!”

Happy birthday dear ladies (Kathe Kollwitz and Artemisia Gentileschi) Revisited

Two very different women artists share a  birthday today.  Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656) and German painter, printmaker and sculptor Kathe Kollwitz (1867 -1945).  I have already written about Gentileschi in my post ‘Behind the Paint – Susannah and the Elders by Artemisia Gentileschi’  There is a good website which is dedicated to this artist  hereContinue reading “Happy birthday dear ladies (Kathe Kollwitz and Artemisia Gentileschi) Revisited”

Take a Break – It’s Sunday!

As usual it’s that time again.  I have been so busy today that I’m writing this fairly late, though I’m scheduling.  I have loads to write about next week, Bronte stuff, teapots and Favorite art……………… and I’m sure there’s a certain artist’s birthday coming up that I want to celebrate…

Happy Birthday Marcel Duchamp! Better Late than Never…

Yesterday was the birthday of French artist Marcel Duchamp (b.1887 – 1968).  He is said to be the inventer of conceptual art.  When he submitted ‘Fountain‘, a urinal to The Society of Independent Artist in 1917 signing it R. Mutt and displaying it as art, this had an immediate effect…. and art was never the same again. He  was aContinue reading “Happy Birthday Marcel Duchamp! Better Late than Never…”

My 231st Post, Not to be the Last one…

I can’t believe it’s my 231st post already!  Where does the time go?  So far, I have managed to blog approximately 226 days out of the 231, so I’m very happy with that!  The next update I will do is when I reach my 250th. So what have I actually written about? (in the lastContinue reading “My 231st Post, Not to be the Last one…”