Born July 20~ Anne Ryan

Anne Ryan (July 20, 1889-April 18, 1954) was a writer, painter, printmaker, and collagist who belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Ryan

Collage, 353 by Anne Ryan
1949 / Cut-and-pasted colored paper, cloth, and string on paper / 7-1/2″x6-7/8″ / MoMA, NYC

Anne Ryan on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/anne-ryan/

Further reading:
https://atelier17.christinaweyl.com/artist-biographies/anne-ryan/
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/anne-ryan-4198
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2010/anne-ryan

Born June 26~ Barbara Chase-Riboud

Barbara Chase-Riboud (born June 26, 1939) is an American visual artist and sculptor, bestselling novelist, and award-winning poet.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Chase-Riboud

Akhmatova’s Monument by Barbara Chase-Riboud
1995 / Color offset lithograph, edition of 100; design for unrealized sculpture / 30″ x 22″ / Brandywine Workshop and Archives

Barbara Chase-Riboud on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/barbara-chase-riboud/

Further reading:
https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/chase-riboud-barbara-1939/
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste_prixaware/barbara-chase-riboud/
https://hyperallergic.com/430657/barbara-chase-riboud-malcom-x-sculptures-book/

Born June 8~ Alice Rahon

Alice Rahon (June 8, 1904-September 1987) was a French/Mexican poet and artist whose work combined pared-down figuration and materials including sand, string, and pulverized volcanic rock.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Rahon

Self-Portrait with Autobiography by Alice Rahon
1948 / Oil and sand on canvas / 28″x22″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Alice Rahon on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/alice-rahon/

Further reading:
https://www.bonhams.com/video/31740/
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/alice-rahon/
https://thewomensstudio.net/2019/08/20/alice-rahon/

Born May 18~ Isabel Villaseñor

Isabel ‘Chabela’ Villaseñor (May 18, 1909-March 13, 1953) was a noted post-revolutionary Mexican sculptor, printmaker, painter, poet, and songwriter.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_Villase%C3%B1or

Untitled (Woman resting her chin on her hand) by Isabel Villaseñor
ND / Woodcut on transparent paper / Image: 11″x8-1/4″ / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA

Beyond Frida: 10 Mexican Female Artists You Should Know:
https://remezcla.com/lists/culture/mexican-female-artists/

Further reading:
http://www.aceroarte.com/coleccion/Isabel_Villasenor_oaxaquena.htm
https://piso9.net/between-popular-music-and-painting-isabel-villasenor/?lang=en
https://www.mexconnect.com/articles/1063-printmaking-from-revolution-to-establishment/

Born April 28~ Na Hye-sok

Na Hye-Sok (April 28, 1896-December 10, 1948) was a pioneering Korean feminist poet, writer, painter, educator, and journalist. She is considered the first professional female painter in Korea.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na_Hye-sok

Peonies at Hwaryeongjeon by Na Hye-sok
1935 / Oil / 13-2/5″x9-2/5″ / Ho-Am Art Museum, per Google

Na Hye-Sok on Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/na-hye-sok/m0gh6wpn

Further reading:
https://virmuze.com/m/modern-korean-art/x/na-hye-sok/
https://www.thetropicalist.press/2015/04/a-new-woman-na-hye-seok/
Poetry as translated by Tanya Ko Hong

Born April 7~ Sister Gertrude Morgan

Sister Gertrude Morgan (April 7, 1900-July 8, 1980) was a self-taught African-American artist, musician, poet, and preacher.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Morgan

New Jerusalem by Sister Gertrude Morgan
N.D. / Acrylic and ink on pieced card / 6 3/4″x7 3/4″ / Private collection

Sister Gertrude Morgan on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gertrude-sister-morgan/

Further reading:
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/sister-gertrude-morgan-3413
https://www.bridgeprojects.com/artists/sister-gertrude-morgan
https://www.nga.gov/features/exhibitions/outliers-and-american-vanguard-artist-biographies/sister-gertrude-morgan.html

Born March 25~ Maria Tesselschade Visscher

Maria Tesselschade Visscher (March 25, 1594-June 20, 1649) was a Dutch poet and engraver.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Tesselschade_Visscher

Engraved Roemer attributed to Maria Tesselschade Visscher
c.1625-1650 / Glass with diamond engraving / Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Article featuring Maria Tesselschade and her sister Anna:
https://www.perilousadventures.net/blog/?p=107

Further reading:
Google translation: a biography of Maria Tesselschade Visscher
Google translation: “New finds give Maria Tesselschade a face”
http://www.essentialvermeer.com/music/muiderkring.html

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 16

Isabella and the Pot of Basil by John White Alexander

Then in a silken scarf,—sweet with the dews
Of precious flowers pluck’d in Araby,
And divine liquids come with odorous ooze
Through the cold serpent pipe refreshfully,—
She wrapp’d it up; and for its tomb did choose
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
And cover’d it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.
~https://www.bartleby.com/126/38.html

1897 / Oil on canvas / 75 5/8″x36 1/8″ / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Isabella, or The Pot of Basil was a poem written in 1820 by the English poet John Keats, who borrowed his narrative from the Italian Renaissance poet Giovanni Boccaccio. Isabella was a Florentine merchant’s beautiful daughter whose ambitious brothers disapproved of her romance with the handsome but humbly born Lorenzo, their father’s business manager. The brothers murdered Lorenzo and told their sister that he had traveled abroad. The distraught Isabella began to decline, wasting away from grief and sadness. She saw the crime in a dream and then went to find her lover’s body in the forest. Taking Lorenzo’s head, she bathed it with her tears and finally hid it in a pot in which she planted sweet basil, a plant associated with lovers.
~https://collections.mfa.org/objects/31098

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Classical Music Month~ September 23

Job: A Masque for Dancing (one act ballet) by Ralph Vaughan Williams

“The ballet is based on the Book of Job from the Hebrew Bible and was inspired by the illustrated edition by William Blake, published in 1826. Job had its world premiere on July 5, 1931, and was performed for members of the Camargo Society at the Cambridge Theatre, London. The first public performance of the ballet took place on September 22, 1931 at the Old Vic Theatre.” ~Wikipedia

When the Morning Stars Sang Together by William Blake

c.1804-7 / Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over traces of graphite
11″x7 1/16″ / The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY

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