Born April 8~ Sonja Sekula

Sonja Sekula (April 8, 1918-April 25, 1963) was a Swiss-born artist linked with the abstract expressionist movement.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Sekula

Spain by Sonja Sekula
1954 / Opaque colors on paper / 19 3/10″x12 1/2″/ Kunst Museum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

Sonja Sekula on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/sonja-sekula/

Further reading:
https://www.sikart.ch/KuenstlerInnen.aspx?id=4026515
https://www.peterblumgallery.com/artists/sonja-sekula/biography
https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/news-events/news/2019-10-03-overdue-recognition-for-abstract-expressionist-and-alumna-sonja-sekula-fs.html

Born January 30~ Maud Hunt Squire

Maud Hunt Squire (January 30, 1873 – October 25, 1954) was an American painter and printmaker.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud_Hunt_Squire

Untitled by Maud Hunt Squire
1929 / Watercolor and graphite on paper / 19″x24 1/4″ / Private collection

Maud Hunt Squire on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/maud-hunt-squire/

Further reading:
https://maryryangallery.com/artists/maud-hunt-squire/
http://www.papillongallery.com/maude_hunt_squire.html
https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/about/blog/library-blog-the-illustrated-works-of-ethel-mars-and-maud-hunt-squire/

January First: Happy New Year!

Jessie Willcox Smith

During the latter part of the 19th century, when printing technology allowed magazines to begin producing full color covers, there began an era known as The Golden Age of Illustration. Probably one of the more famous artists who came from that era was Joseph Christian Leyendecker.

https://schristywolfe.com/2018/01/01/january-first-happy-new-year-3/

Among his 400+ magazine covers are the Baby New Years he painted for The Saturday Evening Post from 1906 to 1943. However, there were lots of other magazines who would devote their New Year covers to Baby New Year — or, at any rate, a baby of some sort.
Not all of the covers shared here are from the Golden Age of Illustration, which is generally described as lasting from the 1880s to the 1920s. But there’s plenty of fine illustrators to be found: Walter Beach Humphrey, Rea Irvin, Jessie Willcox Smith, Vernon Thomas, Charles Twelvetrees, and more.

  1. The Country Gentleman, January 1, 1921 by Walter Beach Humphrey
  2. Good Housekeeping, January 1925, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  3. Child Life, January 1928, by Hazel Frazee
  4. Good Housekeeping, January 1929, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  5. The Farmer’s Wife, January 1930 (could not find this artist)
  6. Good Housekeeping, January 1932, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  7. Collier’s, January 2, 1932 by Charles Twelvetrees
  8. The New Yorker, January 2, 1932, by Rea Irvin
  9. Good Housekeeping, January 1933, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  10. Collier’s, January 6, 1934 by Charles Twelvetrees
  11. Good Housekeeping, January 1935, by Vernon Thomas
  12. Good Housekeeping, January 1936, by Vernon Thomas
  13. Good Housekeeping, January 1937, by Horace C. Gaffron
  14. The Farmer’s Wife, January 1938, by R. James Stuart
  15. The New Yorker, December 1938, by Rea Irvin

Click on pictures to enlarge and scroll through them:

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June 30~ Pride Month

Andy Warhol and Jed Johnson

There are six links below

The celebrated designer Jed Johnson, who died tragically in 1996 in the crash of TWA Flight 800…first met artist Andy Warhol when he was hired to sweep the floors at Warhol’s famous factory. He would go on to become Warhol’s companion and lover—helping him find and decorate the East 66th Street townhouse where Johnson and the artist lived until the two split in 1976… ~curbed.com/

Jed Johnson and Archie by Andy Warhol
c.1975 / Polaroid prints / Private collection
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
1978-87 / Gelatin silver print / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
c.1978 / Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen / The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

June 29~ Pride Month

Paul Cadmus and Jon Anderson

There are four links below

Paul Cadmus met Jon Anderson, The Nantucket Man, fortuitously on Nantucket Island in 1964. From the pivotal moment when Jon began to model for Paul onward, Jon said Paul’s “production of satirical paintings slowed and his creation of intimate, sensuous paintings and drawings increased.” ~Paul Cadmus & His Circle

Self-Portrait by Paul Cadmus
1965 / Crayon on paper / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, DC

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Anderson in White Tights
by Paul Cadmus
1966 / Pencil and wash on paper / Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have Fun, Drive Carefully
by Paul Cadmus
1991 / Crayons on Canson paper / Collection of John and Joanne Payson

June 28~ Pride Month

George Tooker and William R. Christopher

There are four links below

William Rodolphus Christopher was an American artist and civil rights activist known for his abstract imagery and collage. His longtime partner was the artist George Tooker; the pair lived in New York City until 1960, when they moved to Hartland, Vermont; the couple spent winters in Spain, where Christopher died in December 1973.
~Wikipedia

Self-Portait by George Tooker
1969 / Egg Tempera on gesso panel / National Academy of Design, NY, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assemblage Collage Painting/Sculpture with Pennies and Scrap Civil Rights Artist by William R. Christopher
1960-1969 / Mixed Media / Private collection

June 27~ Pride Month

George Tooker and Paul Cadmus and Jared French and Margaret Hoening

There are nine links below

Beginning in the late 1930s, Cadmus, Jared and Margaret French – and sometimes Tooker by the mid-1940s – spent summers in Provincetown, Fire Island, and Nantucket. Most of the time was spent in Saltaire, Fire Island, which became the setting of paintings that A. Hyatt Mayor [museum curator, art historian, and writer] once dubbed the ‘Fire Island School.’ ~Cadmus, French, & Tooker, the Early Years

George Tooker (1920–2011), Bathers (Bath Houses) by George Tooker
1950 / Egg tempera on gessoed board / The Huntington, San Marino, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point O’View by Paul Cadmus
1945 / Egg tempera on panel / Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three women and a Lifeguard by Jared French
ND / Oil on canvas / Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moon by Day by Margaret French
1939 / Egg tempera on canvas mounted to board / Private collection

June 26~ Pride Month

Paul Cadmus and George Tooker

There are five links below

Tooker began studying at the Art Students League in New York City from 1943 to 1945 under American painter Reginald Marsh…Tooker met then sixteen-year-old Paul Cadmus, who became his lover, lifelong friend, and major artistic mentor. ~theartstory.org

Self-Portrait of the Artist by George Tooker
1947 / Tempera on panel / Promised Gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

 

Portrait of George Tooker by Paul Cadmus
1949 / Ink heightened with white on paper / Private collection

Self-Portrait by Paul Cadmus
1935 / Tempera on board / Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 25~ Pride Month

Paul Cadmus and Jared French and Margaret Hoening
(PaJaMa)

There are six links below

Margaret Hoening was a painter and an etcher [who studied] at the Art Students League. There, she met the artist couple Paul Cadmus and Jared French. In 1937, she married French, fifteen years her junior, who had spent the previous decade with Cadmus. The trio formed a tight bond, with Cadmus and French continuing their relationship. Together, the three formed PaJaMa (a mashup of their first names, Paul, Jared, and Margaret).
~https://d6jcg90g7mpvu.cloudfront.net/s3fs-public/margarethoeningfrench.pdf

Self Portrait by Margaret Hoening French
ND / Pencil on Paper / Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circus Performers and Animals by Margaret Hoening French
ND / Gouache on board / Private collection