August 12 or 19: Birthday of George Bellows

 

George Wesley Bellows (August 12 or August 19, 1882 – January 8, 1925) was an American realist painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City, becoming, according to the Columbus Museum of Art, “the most acclaimed American artist of his generation”.   Wikipedia

Bellows once commented that “there is nothing I do not want to know that has to do with life or art.” He drew equal inspiration from municipal workers removing snow from the city’s streets, longshoremen loading and unloading cargo from ocean liners and freighters, and the ladies and gentlemen who created a rich visual pageantry as they enjoyed New York’s parks. The variety of Bellows’s urban subjects was matched by the range of palettes and techniques he employed, often on immense canvases. Few would have disputed a critic who observed of Bellows at the time of his death, “He was an adherent of ‘wallop’ in painting.” In an astute bid for broad appeal, Bellows exhibited his works widely, attracting both critics—”There’s been an awful lot written about me,” he admitted—and patrons. His dramatic paintings of familiar subjects were acquired by major museums, important regional art centers, educational institutions, and prominent collectors, from the relatively adventurous to those with more conventional tastes. Both an active academician and a keen independent, Bellows was at home among diverse factions of the art world. Writing in 1913, the critic Forbes Watson noted his “curious appeal” to “the conservative and radical alike.”
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/bellows

 

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/18~

Which realist painter-printmaker had significant experience as an actress from 1909 into the 1920s, supplementing her income from acting with work as a muralist and illustrator as well as studying at the Chicago Art Institute?

Which artist is considered one of the most important painters and engravers in Puerto Rico, and has been instrumental in promoting art and art education in her country?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/18/august-18/

The World’s First Cartoon: Fantasmagorie (1908)

  • On the 17th of August 1908, Fantasmagorie, the first fully animated feature film was released in Paris by the Gaumont company. Created by Emile Cohl, Fantasmagorie is considered one of the masterpieces of animated cinema and of early cinema as a whole. Done in a white-on-black style, reminiscent of a film negative, the film broke with the realist tradition emerging in live action at the time. It was much more stylized and fantastic, in some ways anticipating the surrealist movement of later decades.
    https://artlark.org/2016/08/17/fantasmagorie-the-first-ever-cartoon/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/17~

Which American sculptor was best known for her genre statuettes, contributing to the popularity of small bronze sculpture in America?

Which German-American photographer began her career at age twelve, assisting her father in the darkroom and working in the family studio?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/17/august-17/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/16~

Which Italian painter and printmaker, born into a family of renowned artists, was also a popular and skilled teacher whose anatomical studies were later engraved and used for almost two centuries as academic teaching aids?

Which photographer had brief careers as model, stage actress, and silent film actress — appearing in three films, the last one in 1922 — before discovering her true talent as a photographer?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/16/august-16/

Public Art RFP~ University of Illinois Call for Artists

The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Direct Purchase of Artwork (RDPA). Professional artists are invited to submit images of available work to be considered for the permanent original public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). This call seeks art for the West Classroom Renovation at the Noyes Laboratory in Urbana, Illinois. The project is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017, 4:00 P.M.
More information here: http://artdeadline.com/ops/noyes/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/15~

This 18th Century Italian landscape painter, whose Arcadian scenes with picturesque peasants earned him an international reputation, often included a figure with a gourd bottle because zucco is Italian for “gourd”.

This contemporary sculptor has moved between laminated wood, stainless steel, corrugated iron, polycarbonate, marble, clay, vinyl, foam and leather; he explained in 2005, “Changing materials from one work to the next is a way of beginning again each time”.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/15/august-15/