Norma Bassett Hall, American printmaker: Born May 21, 1889

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Norma Bassett Hall was an American woodblock printmaker who often depicted landscapes and outdoor scenes. She was born in Halsey, Oregon. In 1910, she become a member of the inaugural class of the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon. After leaving Portland, she briefly taught in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before continuing her education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1915-1918. She also studied privately with the noted British printmaker Mabel Royds, who introduced Norma to the Japanese method of printing woodcuts on rice paper with transparent watercolors. While studying at the SAIC, Norma Bassett met and would later NBHTwomarry Arthur William Hall, a fellow student and artist. Following their marriage, they made their home in Kansas, becoming deeply involved with the state’s flourishing printmaking culture and helping to found the Prairie Print Makers. Hall, the only female among the group’s eleven charter members, designed their distinctive logo, a monogram set within a stylized sunflower. Hall and her husband divided their time and subjects between the rolling hills of Kansas and the dramatic vistas of New Mexico. In 1944 the couple permanently relocated to New Mexico, living first in Santa Fe and eventually purchasing an estate near Alcade from which they operated an art school. Bassett Hall continued to work and teach from their estate until her death in 1957. ~Wikipedia

 

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art~
http://jsma.uoregon.edu/jordan-schnitzer-museum-art-opens-first-solo-exhibition-norma-bassett-hall-1957
Biographies~
http://beyondbutler.wix.com/beyondbutler#!norma-bassett-hall-bio-link-/ccrh
http://casewardprintmaker.com/Mentor/Norma_Bassett_Hall.html
Artnet~ http://www.artnet.com/artists/norma-bassett-hall/past-auction-results

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/21~

Which German artist of the Renaissance period revolutionized printmaking, elevating it to the level of an independent art form?

Which artist, best known for his paintings teeming with exotic flora and fauna, actually never left France despite stories to the contrary?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/21/may-21/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/18~

This 17th Century etcher and draftsman, who created thousands of drawings and prints, was basically self-taught.

This contemporary American realist artist is known for her large still lifes, many depicting light bouncing off reflective surfaces.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/18/may-18/

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/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/6~

This artist contributed to development of the genre “monkeys’ kitchens”, allegorical scenes of monkeys enacting human vices popular in Flemish painting in the 16th and 17th centuries.

This artist was one of the founders of Die Brücke (The Bridge), a group of German expressionist artists formed in Dresden in 1905.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/05/06/may-6/

Odilon Redon: Born April 20, 1840

Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916)
Brief Biography~ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/odilon-redon-2243
A better understanding of Redon. Extracts from writings~
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/around-redon.html#c52029
Collection at MoMA~ http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/4840?locale=en

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/19~

This artist’s most successful prints were produced during 1930 to 1938, with over forty colour linocuts as well as a collaboration on a series of posters for the London Passenger Transport Board.

This photographer/filmmaker/performance artist died, or disappeared, in 1975 at the age of 33 attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a 13 foot sailboat.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/19/april-19/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/17~

Which artist, whose fame spread primarily through prints, is best remembered for the paintings on the Strasbourg astronomical clock?

Which English designer wrote “What Is a Designer”, containing stern reminders of the importance of sound craftsmanship and designers’ moral responsibilities?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/17/april-17/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/13~

This artist was knighted in 1815, and in 1818 was sent to Europe to paint the leaders who were involved with the allied victory over Napoleon.

This artist was born in 1860 in Ostend in Belgium, where aside from various trips to London, Holland, Paris, and Brussels, he remained until he died.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/13/april-13/