Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/23~

Which Scottish artist and sculptor died in 2008 at age 100, having been the last living link with the art nouveau period in Glasgow?

Which artist produced ground-breaking works in the 60s that established his reputation as one of America’s leading conceptualists?

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Alexander Milne Calder: Born August 23(?), 1846

BigBillyAlexander Milne Calder was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the son of a tombstone carver. He began his career in Scotland, working for sculptor John Rhind, the father of sculptor J. Massey Rhind while attending the Royal Academy in Edinburgh. He moved to London and worked on the Albert Memorial. Calder immigrated to the United States in 1868 and settled in Philadelphia…In 1873, he was hired by architect John McArthur, Jr. to produce models for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. The commission involved more than 250 pieces in marble and bronze, and took Calder 20 years to complete.~Wikipedia

On Calder’s Birthday~
http://www.calder.org/news/blog/on-calders-birthday/
City Hall (Philadelphia)~ http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/city-hall-philadelphia/
Find A Grave: Alexander Milne Calder~ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35125639
The Calder Family Legacy: Sculpting a City’s Image~
http://www.artesmagazine.com/?p=16248

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/22~

What artist’s most famous work, created in 1876 and originally titled Yankee Doodle, was so popular that he painted a number of different versions during the remainder of his life?

What sculptor is remembered for his achievements in the development of Cubism, transforming the formal characteristics of the style from painting into three-dimensional works?

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: Born August 22, 1908

Henri Cartier-Bresson was born on August 22, 1908 in Chanteloup, France. A pioneer in photojournalism, Cartier-Bresson wandered around the world with his camera, becoming totally immersed in his current environment. Considered one of the major artists of the 20th century, he covered many of the world biggest events from the Spanish Civil War to the French uprisings in 1968. Henri Cartier-Bresson Biography.com

Henri Cartier-Bresson developed a passion for filmmaking in the 1930’s. He studied cinema with Paul Strand in New York in 1935. When he returned to France, he was hired as the second assistant director to Jean Renoir in 1936 for La vie est à nous and Une partie de campagne, and in 1939 for La Règle du Jeu. Filmography

In 1947, with Robert Capa, George Rodger, David ‘Chim’ Seymour and William Vandivert, he founded Magnum Photos. Henri Cartier-Bresson : French, b. 1908, d. 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson : Selected Photo Essays

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/21~

What painter, born in 1725, is fabled to have convinced his father of his natural aptitude for painting when the parent mistook his son’s pen-and-ink drawing of Saint James for an engraving?

What illustrator’s fame was established when the first volume of  The Yellow Book — an art and literature quarterly for which he served as art editor as well as contributing drawings and covers — appeared in April 1894?

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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.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/19~

This house-painter and handyman was the center of a furor in 1927 when he became the first living self-taught artist to be recognized by the American art establishment, upon his acceptance to the Carnegie International exhibition.

One of the members of the Bloomsbury circle, this painter, sculptor, writer, and educator began to study pottery at the age of 25 and in 1935 went to Staffordshire to acquire the necessary technical knowledge.

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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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http://www.georgebellows.com/biography
https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-Wesley-Bellows
http://www.sullivangoss.com/george_Bellows/#Biography