Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/20~

This French-born sculptor left for Copenhagen in 1753 to execute a bronze equestrian statue of Frederick V of Denmark and stayed there for twenty years, becoming director of the Danish Academy of Art.

This artist, best known for his collages, worked in several genres and media including: Dadaism, Constructivism, Surrealism, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, & what came to be known as installation art.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/20/june-20/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/16~

What Russian painter and designer followed her early Impressionist period in the early 1900s with a succession of styles including a near-abstract Rayonist style, Cubism, Futurism and other idioms?

What artist, closely associated with the development of Pop art in the early 1960s, frequently affixed everyday objects such as tools, rope, shoes, articles of clothing, and even a bathroom sink to his canvases?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/16/june-16/

Maurice Sendak: Born June 10, 1928

Dubbed by one critic “the Picasso of children’s literature” and once addressed by former President Bill Clinton as “the King of Dreams,” Maurice Sendak illustrated nearly a hundred picture books throughout a career that spanned more than 60 years. Some of his best known books include Chicken Soup with Rice (1962), Where the Wild Things Are (1963), and In the Night Kitchen (1970). Born in Brooklyn in 1928 to Jewish immigrant parents from northern Poland, Sendak grew up idolizing the storytelling abilities of his father, Philip, and his big brother, Jack. As a child he illustrated his first stories on shirt cardboard provided by his tailor-father. Aside from a few night classes in art after graduating high school, Sendak was a largely self-taught artist.
http://www.rosenbach.org/maurice-sendak-biography-and-timeline

More on Maurice Sendak~
https://www.biography.com/people/maurice-sendak-9478893

Classical Music Fueled Maurice Sendak’s Creative Muse~
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/207545-classical-music-fueled-maurice-sendak-muse/

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…

https://alchetron.com/Charles-Rennie-Mackintosh-1221200-W

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/

Design Museum~ https://designmuseum.org/designers/charles-rennie-mackintosh#toggle-submenu
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society~ https://www.crmsociety.com/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/5~

Which designer studied human anatomy, mathematics, and engineering at Los Angeles University to help bolster the quality of his shoe designs?

Which artist took the monumental scale of New York School Abstract Expressionism and applied it to his collage paintings?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/05/june-5/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/4~

What Russian avant-garde painter, a member of the Der Blaue Reiter group from its founding in 1911, was also a costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer?

What Canadian painter, part of the Automatist group which created the 1948 pamphlet Refus global, later embraced an abstract style known as “hard-edge abstraction”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/04/june-4/

Edward Penfield: Born June 2, 1866


epportrait“We are a bit tired of the very serious nowadays, and a little frivolity is refreshing; and yet frivolity to be successful must be most thoroughly studied.” So wrote EDWARD PENFIELD (1866-1925) near the outset of his highly Bicycleinfluential career as an illustrator, art editor, and poster HarpersCatartist, a career guided by keen observation, a cosmopolitan sensibility, and a simplicity that belied his meticulously crafted efforts…In looking at the work of Penfield today, we find less of what strikes us as frivolous and more of a keen sense of design and composition…Penfield is also credited with bringing abstraction to commercial art through his boldly simplified shapes. This and other stylistic trademarks Catsresulted from a distillation of a number of influences, including the compositional precepts and casual poses found in Japanese prints, the eptoohand-craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement, the impressionistic approach of Parisian poster-making, and British poise and directness. http://www.illustration-house.com/bios/penfield_bio.html

The Complete Harper’s Posters, 1893-1899~ http://tinyurl.com/hfxr3jz
Treasures of the New York Public Library~ http://exhibitions.nypl.org/treasures/items/show/18
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Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/8~

Which 17th century Italian painter, whose principal works are his frescoes, was also a renowned portraitist who won commissions to paint seven consecutive popes?

Which designer — who brought his minimal style to logos, packaging, corporate identities, and more — is best known for his film posters and title sequences?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/08/may-8/