Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/21~

For decades this artist’s “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” (1896) was the only painting by an African American exhibited in the Louvre in Paris.

In the 1950s, the State Department revoked this artist’s passport because he was suspected of being a Communist; however, he sued for its reinstatement and emerged victorious in a landmark Supreme Court case.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/21/june-21/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/18~

In his later years this 16th century Italian architect and sculptor was influenced by Counter-Reformation piety, repudiating his earlier nude sculptures as lustful and designing several austere buildings for the Jesuits.

This painter and illustrator was also a writer for Life and Judge, and even wrote and acted in silent films, but his most famous achievement is his painting of Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the caption “I Want YOU for U.S. Army”.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/18/june-18/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/17~

This artist was the leading painter of Roman monuments and ruins during the 18th century, especially popular with English and French visitors who desired souvenirs of their travels in Rome.

This artist is renowned for his visual explorations of metamorphosis, complex architectural mazes involving perspectival games, and the representation of impossible spaces.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/17/june-17/

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 6/14~

What British author and illustrator, best known for his humorous cartoon drawings in the 1930s and 1940s, was once a salesman of advertising space for the Daily Telegraph?

What politically radical graphic artist of the 1930s went on to acclaim as an illustrator of dozens of children’s and nature books?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/14/june-14/

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/

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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W. Heath Robinson: Born May 31, 1872

RobinsonRobinson was born into a family of artists in 1872. His father, grandfather and uncle all made their livings through art, via drawing or engraving. Robinson was educated at Islington Art School and the Royal Academy. He illustrated dozens of books, from famous works like Donoutdoors Quixote and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to lesser-known volumes such as The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm and Plantation Barn Dance.
http://www.abebooks.com/books/illustration-art-uncle-lubin-william/w-heath-robinson.shtml

…in World War Two the machine created by British code breakers at Bletchley Park, the golfdriverspredecessor to the world’s first computer Colossus, was nicknamed Heath Robinson. It consisted of reels and spools, which had to be precisely aligned and timed in order for it to work.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27813927

waterFor his own pleasure, he continued to paint in watercolours, experimenting with effects of light and colour. His importance, as an innovator in the fields of illustration and advertising, and perhaps more importantly as the heir of Rowlandson and Cruikshank in the British humorous tradition, has yet to be fully appreciated, and his work is poorly represented in public collections.
http://heathrobinson.org/robinson/index.htm

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/15~

What American painter explained that his imagery derives from “things the mind already knows,” familiar icons such as flags, targets, stenciled numbers, and maps of the US?

What cartoonist/illustrator, his provocative work rejected by editors in London, began traveling back and forth to the US in search of a more hospitable publishing environment?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/15/may-15/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/12~

This painter, a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, was also a poet, illustrator, and translator.

This artist—noted for his work in the minimalism, hard-edge painting, and post-painterly abstraction movements—continues to live and work in New York.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/12/may-12/