Norma Bassett Hall was an American woodblock printmaker who often depicted landscapes and outdoor scenes. She was born in Halsey, Oregon. In 1910, she become a member of the inaugural class of the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon. After leaving Portland, she briefly taught in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before continuing her education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1915-1918. She also studied privately with the noted British printmaker Mabel Royds, who introduced Norma to the Japanese method of printing woodcuts on rice paper with transparent watercolors. While studying at the SAIC, Norma Bassett met and would later marry Arthur William Hall, a fellow student and artist. Following their marriage, they made their home in Kansas, becoming deeply involved with the state’s flourishing printmaking culture and helping to found the Prairie Print Makers. Hall, the only female among the group’s eleven charter members, designed their distinctive logo, a monogram set within a stylized sunflower. Hall and her husband divided their time and subjects between the rolling hills of Kansas and the dramatic vistas of New Mexico. In 1944 the couple permanently relocated to New Mexico, living first in Santa Fe and eventually purchasing an estate near Alcade from which they operated an art school. Bassett Hall continued to work and teach from their estate until her death in 1957. ~Wikipedia
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Which German artist of the Renaissance period revolutionized printmaking, elevating it to the level of an independent art form?
Which artist, best known for his paintings teeming with exotic flora and fauna, actually never left France despite stories to the contrary?
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Which German baroque sculptor also worked as an architect and built many state buildings in Berlin during his role as Court Architect?
Which photojournalist and his wife became LIFE magazine’s first husband and wife photographer-reporter team to be sent overseas?
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What Italian Renaissance artist, known for ceramic sculpture with colorful glazes, was a member of Florence’s most prestigious family of terracotta sculptors?
What painter from a famous family of early American artists was able to maintain a career for about sixty years and support herself without marrying, unusual in the 1800s?
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The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady~
Portraits by Mathew Brady~ http://www.mathewbrady.com/portraits.htm
Gertrude Käsebier was a leading member of the pioneering photographic known as Pictorialism, which emphasized a subjective, painterly approach to photography rather than a documentary one.
Though she had long been interested in art, Käsebier only began her formal training at the Pratt Institute after her children entered high school. She planned to be a painter, but eventually switched to photography. Following classes in Paris and apprenticeships with a German photographic chemist, and a Brooklyn portrait photographer, Käsebier opened her own portrait studio in 1897.
Stieglitz included Käsebier as a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a group that argued for a more natural, less manipulated photograph. In 1899, he published five of her photos, declaring her “beyond dispute, the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day.”
Library of Congress Biographical Essay: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/womphotoj/kasebieressay.html
Library of Congress Online Catalog: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/related/?fi=name&q=K%C3%A4sebier%2C%20Gertrude%2C%201852-1934
Shorpy Photo Gallery: http://www.shorpy.com/gertrude-kasebier-photographs
This 17th Century etcher and draftsman, who created thousands of drawings and prints, was basically self-taught.
This contemporary American realist artist is known for her large still lifes, many depicting light bouncing off reflective surfaces.
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The watercolor medium fascinated this painter throughout his career, and in 1925 he and two other artists founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, which continues actively to this day.
This self-taught Virginian ceramist has work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, and other museums and private collections.
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Who was she? De Lempicka shuffled the facts of her biography much as she meddled with her birth date.
Her time was the 1920s: a period of transition, an era in which functionalism merged with fantasy and formal social structures lurched into the frenetic. In essence, De Lempicka was a classicist, having admired Renaissance painting since her adolescent travels in Italy. But she astutely combined traditional portraiture with advertising techniques, photographic lighting, vistas of the tower architecture of great cities.
The political terrors of Europe in the 1930s were impinging…In 1939, urged by Tamara, who was partly Jewish, Kuffner sold his estates in Hungary and they moved to the US. In New York, she tried abstract expressionism unsuccessfully, and was reduced to the role of a chic curiosity, “the painting baroness”.