Autoportrait Day 139~ Beverly Buchanan

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

American artist Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015)

1. Hunger and Hardship Creek, 1977 / Postcard / Private collection

2. In the Garden, The Artist at Home, 1994 / Mixed media drawing on paper / Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

3. Studio Home, 2008 / Acrylic Paint on Foam Core, Wood Base / Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY, NY

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Born September 25~ Sonia Gechtoff

Sonia Gechtoff (September 25, 1926-February 1, 2018) was an American abstract expressionist artist; her primary medium was painting.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Etya by Sonia Gechtoff
1958 / Oil on canvas / 109″x68″ / Oakland Museum of California

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Further reading:

November 22, 1871~ Death of Oscar Dunn, first elected Black Lieut. Governor in USA

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Oscar J. Dunn by Currier and Ives

c.1868-1871 / Lithograph / Image: 11 7/8”x8 7/16”
Various collections including Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA

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Previous November 22 posts:

November 22~ Artists at their Easels

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/22~

Love & War~ May 3

Robert Indiana’s LOVE

The inspiration came from his childhood as a Christian Scientist, when the phrase “God is love” was prominent. Indiana inverted the idea to suggest that “Love is God.

The first LOVE painting was a small canvas in 1961 called 4-Star Love, which was the word “love” with four stars stacked above it and that was really the inspiration for stacking the letters.

The motif first appeared as a series of rubbings in 1964 on his personal Christmas cards.

[In 1965] MoMA asked him to design a Christmas card. Inspired by his recent painting, he chose the single word ‘love’, the letters of which he arranged on two lines to fit the card’s square format better. To create a more interesting design he angled the ‘o’. Indiana submitted several colour variations. The museum chose the one with red letters against a blue and green background.

It was inspired by a sign at a gas station. During the Depression, my father worked for Phillips 66, which had a huge sign up in the sky. I can still see that red and green sign against the blue Indiana sky. My first ”Love” was red, green and blue.

Few Pop images are more widely recognized than Indiana’s LOVE…[it]has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries, and stamps. Full of erotic, religious, autobiographical, and political underpinnings—especially when it was co-opted as an emblem of 1960s idealism—LOVE is both accessible and complex in meaning. In printed works, Indiana has rendered LOVE in a variety of colors, compositions, and techniques. He even translated it into Hebrew for a print and a sculpture at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/29~

What second generation Abstract Expressionist painter’s surfaces tended to be neither geometric nor gestural, and to be dominated by one color and one shape?

What artist created “Time Dust” (1992), measuring seven by thirty-five feet and considered at the time to be the largest and most complex fine art print ever made?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/20~

This 17th century painter was celebrated for his portraits of animals, making them the focus of the picture and profoundly influencing the way animals were depicted in European art.

In 1968, this artist sought an official release from her vows as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and dedicated the remainder of her life to her own pursuits as an artist.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/26~

Which Russian artist, whose work included studies of Asian life and British-Indian history, enjoyed his greatest popularity both at home and abroad for his paintings of battles?

Which late 19th/early 20th-century artist was one of the few women painters of her time to achieve international recognition, enabling her to support both herself and her sister?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~

Marc Chagall: Born July 7, 1887

Chagall himself said he was a dreamer who never woke up. “Some art historians have sought to decrypt his symbols,” says Jean-Michel Foray, director of the Marc Chagall Biblical Message Museum in Nice, “but there’s no consensus on what they mean. We cannot interpret them because they are simply part of his world, like figures from a dream.” ~The Elusive Marc Chagall, Smithsonian, December 2003