Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/8~

This German artist, one of the leading exponents of Impressionism in Germany, combined his interest in music and drawing in a famous series of portraits of a celebrated Portuguese opera singer.

This American artist began her career in the 1960s as a painter but is best known for her reinterpretation of quilts as art combining painting, fabric, and stories of her life and the lives of others in the black community.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/08/october-8/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/4~

What French painter, one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France, portrayed the dignity of agricultural laborers?

What American artist’s paintings, illustrations, sculptures, and writing played a major role in creating our popular image of the West?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/04/october-4/

Esphyr Slobodkina: Born September 22, 1908

Esphyr Slobodkina was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 1908. The youngest of five children, Slobidkina’s family left there home in 1919 and moved to Vladisvastok to avoid the Russian Revolution.

Slobodkina immigrated to New York in 1928 using a student visa and began attending the National Academy of Design…Over time, she grew to enjoy a composition class taught by muralist Arthur Sinclair Covey (1877-1960). Through his teachings, she met painter and fellow student Ilya Bolotowsky (1907-1981), whom she married in 1933…Bolotowsky encouraged Slobodkina to evolve her Impressionist style toward abstraction, which would become her primary genre…Slobodkina and her husband amicably divorced in 1938.

She had a significant career change after meeting children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. The two women became fast friends, and Slobodkina began illustrating Brown’s books, beginning with her Big and Little series and continuing until Brown’s death in 1952. In 1940, Slobodkina published her most famous children’s book, Caps for Sale, which “pioneered the use of contemporary abstract forms in children’s books”…Slobodkina [also] maintained an active painting and sculptural career.

The Slobodkina Foundation, an organization designed to promote free programs, scholarships, readings and performances of Slobodkina’s children’s books was created in 2000…Slobodkina died in 2002 in Glen Head, New York at the age of 93.
http://www.sullivangoss.com/esphyr_Slobodkina/

Slobodkina Foundation: Honoring the Life and Work of Esphyr Slobodkina
Art Through the Decades
Esphyr Slobodkina’s books

 

Arthur Rackham: Born September 19, 1867

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Arthur Rackham was born September 19, 1867, in London, England. He studied at the Lambeth School of Art, was elected to membership in The Royal Watercolour Society and the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, and became Master of the Art Workers’ Guild. Books he illustrated include Rip Van Winkle (1905), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), Alice in Wonderland (1907), and many other children’s books and classics throughout the years until his death in 1939. His last work, The Wind in the Willows, was published posthumously. He won gold medals at Milan (1906) and Barcelona (1911), and his books and original art are now collected worldwide.
The Arthur Rackham Society~ http://arthur-rackham-society.org/

arthurrackhamwithcatsBiography~ http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/rackham.htmPigAlice
The Golden Age of Illustration: Arthur Rackham~ http://www.peterharrington.co.uk/blog/the-golden-age-of-illustration-arthur-rackham/
Style, Subjects, Technique, and Technology~ https://www.cmich.edu/library/clarke/ResearchResources/Childrens_Material/Arthur_Rackham/Pages/Style,-Subjects,-Technique,-and-Technology.aspx

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/15~

Which American architectural sculptor (whose work ornamented more than 30 buildings) also designed and sculpted medals, the Newbury and Caldecott being his most famous?

Which American artist is best known for his vivid, frequently surrealist, depictions of Southern life that focus on the social issues of racial injustice and violence during the 1940s?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/15/september-15/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/14~

The popularity of this artist’s drawings created a national sensation, dictating the fashions and manners of a generation and epitomizing the idealized characteristics of the turn-of-the-century American woman.

This creator of award-winning picture books for children was raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and began drawing as a young child; his first book appeared in its entirety in Life magazine when he was 18 years old.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/14/september-14/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/28~

Which English painter, illustrator, and designer, a founding member of William Morris’s decorative arts company, had a low-key career until he gained overnight fame with eight paintings at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877?

Which children’s illustrator said that she was the reincarnation of a sea captain’s wife who lived in the 1800s, and that it was this earlier life she was depicting with her pastel watercolors and delicately penciled lines?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/28/august-28/

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?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/21/august-21/

George Luks: Born August 13, 1867

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GeoBLuksGeorge Luks was an American realist painter and comic illustrator, best known for his images of New York and its inhabitants. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Luks worked as a vaudeville performer before moving to Philadelphia to study art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts…Luks was publishing comic illustrations in Puck and Truth, and upon his return in 1893 he accepted a job as a newspaper illustrator at the Philadelphia Press.
http://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/george-luks

His career took a small detour in 1895 when heYellowKid traveled to Cuba as an artist-correspondent for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin…When he returned to America in 1896, he joined the staff of Pulitzer’s World as an illustrator and cartoonist…One of his many famous colleagues at the World was Richard F. Outcault, who had joined the staff in 1894…Outcault’s Yellow Kid became so popular with the public and showed that it increased the newspaper’s sales as well as the sales of merchandise his likeness appeared on, from candy to whiskey. This awareness was occurring at the same time that William Randolph Hearst had come to town, purchased the Journal and was having an intense battle with Pulitzer’s World for dominance in New York City. Hearst knew a good thing when he saw it and lured Outcault away from Pulitzer…Pulitzer was not to be outdone, however, and assigned Luks to continue drawing the Yellow BostonKid in Hogan’s Alley for the World…Luks [continued to work] at his painting and was finally able to make a living at it. He left the newspaper in 1898.
http://cartoonician.com/george-luks-the-other-yellow-kid-artist/

George Luks prided himself in being the “bad boy” of American art and would be pleased that this notion has survived as his reputation as a significant painter of the twentieth century continues to grow. A heavy drinker and engaged story-teller, Luks manufactured details of his own life to make himself more colorful. Most ingrained in his biography was his tall tale of KidWithBallhaving fought in the Mid-West as “Chicago Whitey,” a middle-weight boxing champion. No one ever checked his details. However, the mythology Luks created around himself masked an insecurity that reveals itself in the diversity of styles he sometimes employed as a painter. His mainstay was realism, but he experimented with impressionism and post-impressionism and was known to alter a canvas if it was criticized, sometimes ruining it entirely. The critic, James Huneker, noted literally hundreds of unfinished canvases in Luks upper Manhattan studio which he would either re-work or paint over. But when Luks was “on” he was a forceful painter of huge talent and confidence, noted for his sure, brilliant handling of a brush.
http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa563.htm

Ephemeral New York: Posts Tagged ‘George Luks’~
https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/george-luks/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/11~

What English Neoclassical sculptor was one of the most successful artists of his day, leaving the equivalent of £1 million in his will?

What American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s books author is best known for his children’s book “Corduroy”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/11/august-11/