Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/15~

What Seventeenth Century painter explained that, to him, various subjects made different demands on an artist and required very different expressive means to properly fulfill them?

What artist–renowned for drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculpture–drew the famous 1976 New Yorker cover “View of the World from 9th Avenue”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/15/june-15/

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/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/29~

What photographer provided a respectful portrait of the rural culture and craftspeople of the Appalachian Mountains and the Gullahs of South Carolina?

What painter, known for her incisive self-portraits, began as an artist by taking children’s art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago at age eight?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/29/may-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/27~

What French expressionist artist’s mature style as a painter was undoubtedly influenced by his work on the restoration of medieval stained-glass windows?

What German abstract artist, active mostly in France, was not only a famous painter but also among the most innovative photographers of his time?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/27/may-27/

Nora Clench~ May 6, 1867-May 17, 1938

World renowned violinist Nora Clench was a child prodigy, born Esther Leonora Clench in what is now Ontario, Canada. Nora made her debut as a violinist at the age of 8. When she was fifteen she entered the Leipzig Conservatory in Germany, and after graduating in 1889 she became first violinist and leader of an orchestra in Buffalo, New York. She later toured Europe and eventually moved to London. In 1900 Clench temporarily gave up playing the violin in order to go to Paris to paint. When she returned to music she founded the all-female “Nora Clench Quartet”, which played a prominent role in the music of fin de siecle London.  Clench again retired from the violin in 1908, at the age of 41, when she married the Australian landscape painter Arthur Streeton. The Nora Clench Quartet continued without her. In 1923, the Streeton family moved to Australia. In 1937 Streeton was given a knighthood for his services to fine art, and Clench became Lady Streeton.  Nora Clench died in Australia in 1938; her husband died in September 1943 after a long illness. The couple’s property with its house, studio and cottage, in 5 acres of garden, remains in the ownership of the Streeton family today.

Biography~ http://www.yso.org.uk/biographies/clench.html
Biography & Photos~
http://www.riversidestmarys.biz/2015/05/14/story-of-nora-clench/
Program of her farewell appearance~ https://archive.org/details/cihm_36309


Nude Study (1903) attributed to Nora Clench

Clifford Berryman: Born April 2, 1869

Clifford K. Berryman (1869-1949) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist, perhaps best known for inspiring the Teddy Bear toy. As a draftsman, illustrator, and cartoonist, Berryman always worked in pen and ink. Berryman satirized both Democrats and Republicans with a light-hearted approach.

Born April 2, 1869 in Clifton, Kentucky, he never attended art school and was entirely self-taught. His first job, in 1886, was as a draftsman at the United States Patent Office in D.C. From 1891 to 1896, he worked as a general illustrator and it was during this time that he learned cartooning by studying contemporary cartoons and copying the artist’ styles.

Berryman’s illustration entitled “And Boys, Remember the Maine!”, which appeared in the Washington Post on April 3, 1898, depicts an angry Uncle Sam addressing sailors as the USS Maine sinks in the background. “Remember the Maine,” became the battle-cry for American sailors during the Spanish-American War.

Berryman originated the “Teddy Bear” in his illustration “Drawing the Line in Mississippi”, published November 16, 1902 in the Post. It showed President Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a captured cub during a bear hunt. This is the cartoon which inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy and call it the Teddy Bear. This little bear appeared in cartoons drawn by Berryman throughout Roosevelt’s career.


Berryman drew thousands of cartoons, first with the Washington Post and then with the Washington Star, where he drew cartoons until his death on December 11, 1949. Berryman’s cartoons can be found at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and George Washington University.

Biography~ https://alchetron.com/Clifford-K-Berryman-1222344-W
Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman~
https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/running-for-office/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/1~

What artist was a former slave, factory worker, and homeless welfare recipient who died leaving behind over 1200 drawings and paintings?

What American artist made a journey to England in 1878, to ensure accuracy for a book illustration job, and remained there for most of his life?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/01/april-1/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/31~

This French draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor, and painter was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, whose career spanned almost six and a half decades and whose influence fundamentally altered the course of modern art.

This Harlem Renaissance sculptor was one of the first African American women to enroll in the Navy; she was commissioned to do a portrait of FDR and the profile of Roosevelt found on the U.S. dime is believed to be based on her artwork.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/31/december-31/