Self Portraits~August 28

Self-Portrait Exaggerating My Negroid Features  by  Adrian Piper

1981 / Pencil on paper / 10”x8” / The Eileen Harris Norton Collection

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Self Portrait as a Heel  by  Jean-Michel Basquiat

1982–1982 / Acrylic and Oilstick on Canvas / 50”x40” / Private Collection

Love & War~ May 28

In Flanders Field-Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow / Robert Vonnoh
1890 / Oil on canvas / 58”x104” / The Butler Institute of American Art

In Flanders Fields By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

“In Flanders Fields” is a poem written by the Canadian army physician and poet John McCrae. He wrote it in early May 1915 in his medical aid station near Essex farm, 2 km to the north of the centre of Ypres. The poem was published on 8 December 1915. John McCrae died on 28 January 1918, while in charge of the Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne. He is buried in Wimereux cemetery (Pas-de-Calais, France).

“In Flanders Field” became popular almost immediately upon its publication. It was translated into other languages and used on billboards advertising Victory Loan Bonds in Canada. The poppy soon became known as the flower of remembrance for the men and women in Britain, France, the United States, and Canada who have died in service of their country.

^^  (Learn more by clicking on hyperlinks)  ^^

The Birthplace of “In Flanders Fields”
How the poppy became the symbol of sacrifice
A Wall Of Poppies On The National Mall Honors Fallen Soldiers
Dedicate a digital poppy online:

March 27~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011),
American pivotal in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting     http://www.frankenthalerfoundation.org/helen/biography

Nature Abhors a Vacuum / 1973 / Acrylic on canvas / 103 1/2”x112 1/2”

Yayoi Kusama (Born 1929), Japanese self-described “obsessional artist” employs painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation     https://www.britannica.com/biography/Yayoi-Kusama

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity / 2009 / Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic paint, LED lighting system, and water / 163 1/2”x163 1/2”x113 1/4”

March 24~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012)
American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet
https://www.dorotheatanning.org/dorothea-tanning

Musical Chairs / 1951 / Oil on canvas / 45 3/4”x35”

 

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)
French-American artist best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art
http://www.theeastonfoundation.org/biography

Cell (Eyes and Mirrors) / 1989-93 / Steel, limestone and glass / approx.93”x83”x86”

March 22~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

Lee Miller (1907-1977)
American Fashion and fine art photographer, photojournalist, Surrealist artist, writer, and model
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/lee-miller

Women in fire masks, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London / 1941 / American Vogue magazine

 

 

 

 

Dora Maar (1907-1997)
French Surrealist artist and photographer, painter, and poet
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dora-Maar

Le Simulateur (The Simulator or The Pretender) / 1936 / Gelatin silver print / 11 1/2”x9”

March 21~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Kay Sage (1898-1963), Painter and poet; one of the most prominent women associated with Surrealism in the US
https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/sage-kay-1898-1963

Tomorrow is Never / 1955 / Oil on canvas / 37 7/8”x53 7/8”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

María Izquierdo (1902-1955), Painter and writer best known for paintings inspired by Mexican folklore and motifs
http://clara.nmwa.org/index.php?g=entity_detail_print&entity_id=3933

Horses Actors / 1940 / Gouache on paper / 16”x22 1/2”

Kate Greenaway: Born on March 17, 1846

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K is for Kate…Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway, English artist and book illustrator, was born in London on March 17, 1846. She was the daughter of John Greenaway, a well-known draughtsman and engraver on wood and Elizabeth Catherine Jones, a seamstress and children’s clothing designer. Her early education included life drawing and watercolor painting classes at Heatherleys in Chelsea and at the Slade School of Fine Art. She began to exhibit her drawings and watercolors in 1868 at London’s Dudley Gallery, and her first published illustrations appeared in such magazines as Little Folks.

With her father’s connections in the trade she was able to convince Edmund Evans, a well known color printer, to publish her first collection of poetry and drawings, Under the Window, in 1879. He was able to translate all the charm of Greenaway’s idyllic pastoral scenes to paper through a costly process that involved the photographing of her dainty water colors on to wood blocks. Against expert advice Evans published only 20,000 copies which immediately sold out and a second printing of 70,000 was produced.
Read more here: http://www.clevelandart.org/research/in-the-library/collection-in-focus/k-kate…kate-greenaway

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Still more about Kate Greenaway here: http://www.victorianweb.org/victorian/art/illustration/greenaway/index.html and here: http://www.abebooks.com/books/RareBooks/illustration-under-window-medal/Kate-Greenaway.shtml

March 5~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614)
Among the first women to execute publicly commissioned figure paintings
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Lavinia-Fontana

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene / 1581 / Oil on canvas / 31”x25”

 

Xue Susu (c.1564-c.1650)
Chinese courtesan, painter, and poet, noted for her skill at mounted archery
http://en.dpm.org.cn/www_oldweb/English/E/E9/06-01.htm

Flowers / 1615 / Handscroll; Ink on paper / 10 1/4”x249”

 

March 4~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1532-1625)
Italian painter; arguably the first female artist to achieve international fame
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sofonisba-Anguissola

Portrait Group with the Artist’s Father Amilcare Anguissola and her siblings Minerva and Astrubale / c.1559 / Oil on canvas / 61.8”x48”

 

 

Ma Shouzhen (1548-1604)
Renowned Chinese courtesan, painter, poet, and composer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Shouzhen

Folding fan / Ming dynasty / Ink and colors on paper / 7”x18.89”

 

 

 

 

March 2~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Guan Daosheng [Kuan Tao-sheng] (1262–1319)
Chinese artist, poet, and the most famous female painter in Chinese history
https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/guan-daosheng-1262-1319

DETAIL: Bamboo Groves in Mist and Rain / 1308 (Yuan Dynasty) / Indian ink on paper / 9 1/8”x3′ 8 7/8″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463)
Italian cloistered nun, artist, and patron saint of artists
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Bologna

Virgin and Child / c.1440-14??