Archive for ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday dear ladies (Kathe Kollwitz and Artemisia Gentileschi)

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , on July 8, 2010 by echostains

Artemisia Gentileschi self portrait

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 -1922).  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  here

Kollowitz had great empathy towards the less fortunate of society and this strongly underlines her work. 

Kathe Kollwitz 'Weavers Uprising'

 Although her work started of Naturalistically,  Expressionist qualities found their way into her later work.  Kathe married doctor Karl Kollwitz who worked in the poorer areas of Berlin.  She taught art at a school for women artists and began exhibiting her work in Dresden.  A Weavers uprising (1893 -97) proved very popular and this was followed up by Peasants’ War’ (1902 – 1908).

Hunger by Kathe Kollwitz

Kollwitz was a Socialist and  contributed a lot of drawings which depict the poverty of the working class of Germany in this period.  She also contributed work to Simplicissimus a journal.  When her soldier son Peter was killed in 1914, the artist began a series of works that showed the effect war has upon women.

kollwitz widows and orphans

‘Killed in Action’,  Widows and Orphans and The Survivors were all worked between 1919 and 1923.  Kollwitz also illustrated political posters for organisations, for example IAH (International Workers Aid).

 Sadly history repeated itself and Kollwitz’s  grandson (also called Peter) was killed in the second World War.  The artist herself died in 1945.  A good biography about Kollwitz can be found here 

Kollwitz woman with dead child 1903 etching

Woman with dead child etching from hereWidows and Orphans image from here.  Several good images from hereWeavers uprising image from here  Susanna and the elders Gentileschi image from here

 

 

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Take a Break – It’s Sunday!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , on August 31, 2009 by echostains

bbc- testcard, that good old standby!

bbc- testcard, that good old standby!

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…

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2009 by echostains

Duchamp 'Fountain'

Duchamp 'Fountain'

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.

nude descending from a staircase  No. 2 duchamp

nude descending from a staircase No. 2 duchamp

He  was a Surrealist and also a Dadaist (I shall be writing about them soon).  He like to challenge art establishments and the way that art was percieved.  One of his earlier works ‘Nude descending a staircase No. 2’ shows the artist’s interest with the  mechanism of movement. This is a hybrid  of Cubism and Futurism.  He created controversy when he exhibited this at the 1913 Armory show.

Duchamp large glass Bride stripped bare by her batchelors

Duchamp large glass Bride stripped bare by her batchelors

Another of Duchamp’s works, ‘The Bride Stripped Bare by her Batchelors’  is a very complicated peiece of work (better explained HERE).  His  ‘readymades’ as he called them, consisted of found objects which he would cobble together and sign: an extreme form of  minimalism.  Andre Breton defined the ‘readymade’ as;

“an ordinary object elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist.”

Duchamp didn’t produce many works, but is still a very interesting artist who made important contributions to art and especially the way in which art is percieved.

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

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

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, HOME, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2009 by echostains

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 last 11 posts) and did I actually get round to doing any more in my altered book (answer: NO).  I commemorated Modigliani and Degas’s birthdays.

Modigliani

Modigliani, see his birthday

Modigliani, see his birthday

Degas

Included more Weird and Whacky designs.  Looked at how Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project was coming along, and  I dipped into my archives (YES I have got archives lol!)

angel_of_the_north,one of many he did earlier

I reviewed ‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie – a book I recently enjoyed.

daphne by justine picardie

daphne by justine picardie

Oh and I enjoyed a night out at the tiny Circus Tavern in Manchester City centre!

the circus portland street manchester

the circus portland street manchester

Things to do include working on my altered art book (and I know I KEEP on saying it…), writing some more in my Art I LOVE section, including some more teapots…and well, just loads and loads!

UPDATE:  I have now completed over 300 posts!  See HERE

Happy Birthday Dear Modigliani!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , on July 12, 2009 by echostains

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani

It’s Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani today.  He was born in Italy in 1884 and died  in 1920.  Modigliani led a typical bohemian lifestyle, but with more excesses than most.  He was marked for an early death by contracting TB whilst young.

Modigliani, famous for his portraits and nudes

Modigliani, famous for his portraits and nudes

Modigliani’s style is his own though.  He is not easily classified, though he is often called an Expressionist.  He was influenced by Toulouse Lautrec, Cezanne:  his sculpture owes much to the influence of  Brancusi.  Although he did paint a few landscapes, he became famous for his portraits and nudes.  

Amedeo-Modigliani sculpture

Amedeo-Modigliani sculpture

A brief summery of his life and work can be seen HERE

modigliani nude

modigliani nude

 

More of my posts celebrating artist’s birthday;

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Hopper

Duchamp

221st Post! Better Late than Never

Posted in ART, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , on July 9, 2009 by echostains

I meant to celebrate my 220th post yesterday, but I’d already scheduled the handbags.  I ‘ve introduced a new category called ‘Weird and Whacky Designs’ which will include anything  from furniture to clothes.

ugly toad purse, new to the Weird and Whacky catagory

ugly toad purse, new to the Weird and Whacky catagory

There  seems to be a lot of artists birthdays coming up this month.  There are 3 on some days!  I will go with the one I like best and leave the others until another time.

frida kahlo b. 1943 celebrated earlier

frida kahlo b. 1943 celebrated earlier

I finished my ‘Daphne‘ by Justine Piccardie book the other night so I shall be writing a review about that. 

daphne by justine picardie (review coming soon to 'Dear Reader I read it' catagory

daphne by justine picardie (review coming soon to 'Dear Reader I read it' catagory

 I still have loads to write about and I try to blog EVERY day!  Sometimes it’s hard, so there maybe only a few lines: other subjects I would like to do justice to but don’t have the time.  The longer posts are usually worked on a couple of days in advance., it’s the best way.  I’ve wrote about a lot of artists I LOVE recently….

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe is just one of the artists in 'Artists I LOVE' catagory

 

 

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe is just one of the artists in 'Artists I LOVE' catagory

And a whole lot of teapots along the way…

deer teapot, just one in the 'Potty about Teapots' catagory

deer teapot, just one in the 'Potty about Teapots' catagory

Happy Birthday Leonardo and Hart Benton!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , on April 15, 2009 by echostains
st-anne-virgin and child -and-st-john-1498

st-anne-virgin and child -and-st-john-1498

Happy Birthday Leonardo Da Vinci 1452 and Thomas Hart Benton  1889!  Two very different types of artists, seperated by 400 and odd years.  One Italian, the other American.  No one can dispute  Da Vinci’s expert draughtsmanship, nor the cleverness of the man, that some say was born before his time because of his inventive ideas.  BUT, I am not very keen on the way he draws womens bodies.  Did they really have masculine bodies in those days?  I don’t know if this is because he couldn’t get hold of women models and has used men instead, but I find his women tend to look very masculine.  Why is this?  When it comes to mens bodies, well the drawings speak for themselves.

vitruvian-man-leonardo-da-vinci

vitruvian-man-leonardo-da-vinci

The other artist who shares his birthday is American Thomas Hart Benton b. 1889 Missouri America.  He was one of what was known as a ‘Regionalist’ painters, along with John Steuwart Curry and Grant Wood. 

thomas-hart-benton

thomas-hart-benton

His paintings and murals comment mostly about the Midwest and are about ordinary people taking care of business and generally getting on with life’ s hardships.  His style is fluid and influenced by El Greco. 

benton_mural-parks-the-circus-and-the-press

benton_mural-parks-the-circus-and-the-press

Muscles on the working man are exagerated, forms elongated.  The style is very individual and recognisable.  Hart Benton also taught art from 1926 – 1941, Jackson Pollock being one of his more famous students.

benton-the-sources-of-country-music-inc-various-cultural-influences-steamboat-banjo-player-train-fiddler-etc

benton-the-sources-of-country-music-inc-various-cultural-influences-steamboat-banjo-player-train-fiddler-etc

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Update 31st December 2009: Has a new Leoanardo painting been found? article HERE

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp