Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/20~

Perhaps the most famous father-son duo in the architectural world, these two designers left profound influences upon the cities where they did their work, were awarded AIA Gold Medals, and share the same day of birth.

Starting in 1957 this photographer’s husband-and-wife team traveled through Europe and North America taking photographs of industrial architecture and organizing them into series based on functional typologies.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/20/august-20/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/30~

What Italian painter, architect, and writer is best known today for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, which was first published in 1550?

What British sculptor turned down a knighthood in 1951 because he felt “such a title might tend to cut me off from fellow artists whose work has aims similar to mine”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/30/july-30/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/18~

In his later years this 16th century Italian architect and sculptor was influenced by Counter-Reformation piety, repudiating his earlier nude sculptures as lustful and designing several austere buildings for the Jesuits.

This painter and illustrator was also a writer for Life and Judge, and even wrote and acted in silent films, but his most famous achievement is his painting of Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the caption “I Want YOU for U.S. Army”.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/18/june-18/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/8~

What architect’s career spanned seven decades before his death in 1959 — during which he designed 1,114 architectural works, of which 532 were realized?

What artist moved his family and studio from NYC to rural New York just as he was achieving widespread recognition in 1951, remaining there for the rest of his life?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/08/june-8/

Charles Rennie Mackintosh~ Born June 7, 1868

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868-10 December 1928) was
a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. He was a designer in the Post-Impressionist movement and also the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. He had considerable influence on European design. He was born in Glasgow…

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Mackintosh was apprenticed to a local architect John Hutchison, but in 1889 he transferred to the larger, more established city practice of Honeyman and Keppie.

To complement his architectural apprenticeship, Mackintosh enrolled for evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art where he pursued various drawing programmes.
https://www.crmsociety.com/about-mackintosh/charles-rennie-mackintosh/

In the 1890s he was part of ‘The Four’ – an informal grouping with the English sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald and James Herbert McNair – that produced some of the most inventive decorative art and graphic design of the period. His major achievements include his masterpiece  The Glasgow School of Art, the villas Windyhill and The Hill House, Scotland Street School, and a series of city-centre tea room interiors. In common with many of his contemporaries he believed that the architect was responsible not just for the fabric of a building, but for every detail of its interior design. http://www.glasgowmackintosh.com/mackintosh

Despite this success and with his undoubted influence abroad, Mackintosh’s work met with considerable indifference at home and his career in Glasgow declined. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his ‘total design’ of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.

In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.
http://www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/mackintosh-building-tours/charles-rennie-mackintosh/

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society~ https://www.crmsociety.com/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/20~

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?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/20/may-20/

Viktor Hartmann: Born May 5, 1834

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In 1873 at the age of thirty-nine, Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, died from an aneurysm. He was at the forefront of the Russian Revival, friend of and inspiration to many contemporaries in the field of architecture, art and music. Shortly after his death, Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov, helped to arrange an exhibition of Hartmann’s work.

Mussorgsky poured out his feeling about his friend’s death in a letter to Stassov. who shared the Russian nationalist tendencies of Hartmann and Mussorgsky and had brought the two men together in the first place.

Mussorgsky’s piano suite was not published until after his death, is dedicated to Stassov. Stassov, with whom Mussorgsky had discussed the suite as he composed it, explained in the first edition of the Pictures at an Exhibition: “The composer here portrays himself walking now right, now left, now as an idle person, now urged to go…

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Raymond Hood: Born March 29, 1881


American architect Raymond Mathewson Hood was born March 29, 1881 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He attended Brown University, transferring to and graduating from the MIT School of Architecture. He later continued his education at the École des Beaux-Arts, earning a degree in 1911. Hood has been associated with the architectural styles of Neo-Gothic, Art Deco, Streamlined Moderne, and International.

Hood made his name in 1922 when he and John Mead Howells (whom he had met while in Paris) won a competition to design the Chicago Tribune Tower (completed 1925).

Projects which Hood worked on include:
American Radiator Building, NYC ( completed 1924)
Masonic Temple (Scranton Cultural Center) Scranton, PA (completed 1930)
Daily News Building, NYC (completed 1930)
McGraw-Hill Building, NYC (completed 1934)

Raymond Hood is perhaps best known for his work on Rockefeller Center (completed 1930-40) in Midtown Manhattan. Covering 22 acres, Rockefeller Center encompasses 19 buildings, including the Art Deco Radio City Music Hall.

Hood promoted visionary proposals for Manhattan, including his “City under a Single Roof” (1931) and “Manhattan 1950” (1931) Hood championed the tower as the ideal form for the skyscraper; he imagined slender shafts soaring above expansive open spaces: a “modern city of sunlight, air, and free circulation.”

Raymond Hood died on August 14, 1934 in Stamford, Connecticut.

 

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