Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/4~

This artist blazed a spectacular but short-lived trail through Flanders during the second quarter of the 16th Century as a painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, designer, writer, publisher, traveler and entrepreneur.

This painter was one of the artists dubbed the Irascible 18 after she and 17 prominent Abstract Expressionists signed an open letter to the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accusing the museum of hostility to “advanced art”.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/19~

What member of the Impressionists group showed little interest in painting
plein air landscapes, favoring scenes in theaters and cafés illuminated by artificial light?

What Chinese Realism painter championed the revitalization of artistic expression through an integration of Western perspective and Chinese methods of composition?

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Camille Pissarro: Born July 10, 1830

ONEPissarro in fact was the only artist who participated in all eight Impressionist exhibitions and he was a much-respected father figure to his colleagues…His talents as a teacher made him influential TWOeven among artists of greater stature than himself—Cézanne and Gauguin, for example…During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1, when his home at Louveciennes was overrun by the German invaders and many of his paintings were destroyed, Pissarro joined Monet in England. In 1872 he settled at Pontoise, where he THREEintroduced Cézanne to painting out of doors…In 1885 he met Seurat and for several years afterwards he experimented with Neo-Impressionism; in about 1890, however, he reverted to his Impressionist style, though with freer brushwork than in his early work…From FOURabout 1895 deterioration of his eyesight caused him to give up painting out of doors and many of his late works are urban scenes painted from windows (usually of hotels) in Paris and elsewhere…In addition to a large output of paintings and drawings, he was the most prolific printmaker among the Impressionists, working in a variety of techniques and sometimes mixing them.

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/8~

Which Italian painter’s first known work is Susanna and the Elders (1610), painted when she was 17 and such an accomplished work it was long attributed to her father?

Which Berlin-born artist’s father sent her to study in Munich when she became engaged in 1889, to persuade her to choose painting and printmaking over marriage?

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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”?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 & Photos~
Program of her farewell appearance~

Nude Study (1903) attributed to Nora Clench