Kate Greenaway: Born on March 17, 1846


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Virgin and Child / c.1440-14??

March 1~ Women’s History Month in visual arts


Illuminations in “Scivias” Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
German abbess, writer, composer, mystic, and perhaps artist; it is unclear how involved she was in the illustrations

Das Weltall (The Universe) / c.1165 / Manuscript illumination from “Scivias” by Hildegard of Bingen






Herrad von Landsberg (c.1130-1195)
Alsatian abbess, artist, author, poet, composer, and educator

Hell / c.1180 / Colored pen and ink drawing on paper, original no longer available

February 22~ African-American visual artists

Barbara Chase-Riboud (Born 1939)
African-American visual artist, novelist, and poet

Malcolm X #3 / 1969 / Polished bronze, rayon, and cotton / 8’ 6 1/2”x3’ 1”x2’ 8”



Purvis Young (1943-2010)
African-American artist blending painting/drawing/collage

Untitled / 1985-1999 / Paint on wood / 36”x47 1/4”x1”

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/22~

What French painter, illustrator, and designer began painting in an Impressionist style but then became successively involved with the Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism movements?

What Dutch graphic and type designer has developed many popular typefaces, including those used by the signage systems of the Dutch highways and the Amsterdam metro?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/22/january-22/

E.E. Cummings: Born October 14, 1894

selfieFrom his youth, Cummings was fascinated with painting and the fine arts. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1894, he began drawing and writing well before his time at Harvard University. “He drew from childhood just as he wrote poems from childhood. He just knew he wanted to be an artist,” said Cohen.Landscape

“He was an artist first and foremost, and these [writing and painting] were the two forms of expression that were always part of his work,” said Cohen. “It was clear he was good with words, and he was determined he would just stilllifeas good with a pen and paintbrush.”

The Paintings of E.E. Cummings~ http://eecummingsart.com/
“The Agony of the Artist (with a capital A)”~ https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/09/e-e-cummings-miscellany-agony-of-the-artist/
“The Rebellion of E.E. Cummings”~ http://harvardmagazine.com/2005/03/the-rebellion-of-ee-cumm.html
Poetry Foundation Biography~ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/e-e-cummings