Alexander Milne Calder: Born August 23(?), 1846

BigBillyAlexander Milne Calder was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the son of a tombstone carver. He began his career in Scotland, working for sculptor John Rhind, the father of sculptor J. Massey Rhind while attending the Royal Academy in Edinburgh. He moved to London and worked on the Albert Memorial. Calder immigrated to the United States in 1868 and settled in Philadelphia…In 1873, he was hired by architect John McArthur, Jr. to produce models for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. The commission involved more than 250 pieces in marble and bronze, and took Calder 20 years to complete.~Wikipedia

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/22~

What artist’s most famous work, created in 1876 and originally titled Yankee Doodle, was so popular that he painted a number of different versions during the remainder of his life?

What sculptor is remembered for his achievements in the development of Cubism, transforming the formal characteristics of the style from painting into three-dimensional works?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/19~

This house-painter and handyman was the center of a furor in 1927 when he became the first living self-taught artist to be recognized by the American art establishment, upon his acceptance to the Carnegie International exhibition.

One of the members of the Bloomsbury circle, this painter, sculptor, writer, and educator began to study pottery at the age of 25 and in 1935 went to Staffordshire to acquire the necessary technical knowledge.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/17~

Which American sculptor was best known for her genre statuettes, contributing to the popularity of small bronze sculpture in America?

Which German-American photographer began her career at age twelve, assisting her father in the darkroom and working in the family studio?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/15~

This 18th Century Italian landscape painter, whose Arcadian scenes with picturesque peasants earned him an international reputation, often included a figure with a gourd bottle because zucco is Italian for “gourd”.

This contemporary sculptor has moved between laminated wood, stainless steel, corrugated iron, polycarbonate, marble, clay, vinyl, foam and leather; he explained in 2005, “Changing materials from one work to the next is a way of beginning again each time”.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/13~

What Russian-born American sculptor specialized in the carving of allegorical and mythological figures, including Europa and the Bull, a fountain group that was a feature of the 1939 New York World’s Fair?

What American photographer of 80s and 90s fashion and celebrities concentrated on black-and-white photography which often portrayed his subjects in the visual language of classical Greek sculpture?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/12~

What turn-of-the-20th-century painter, although renowned for his winged figures of the “infinite beauty of angelic women”, never went to church and believed that formal religion smacked of hypocrisy and narrowness?

What sculptor cast his best-known work, the winged statue in Piccadilly Circus generally (though mistakenly) known as Eros, in aluminum — the first use of that metal on a public statue?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/11~

What English Neoclassical sculptor was one of the most successful artists of his day, leaving the equivalent of £1 million in his will?

What American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s books author is best known for his children’s book “Corduroy”?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/10~

Which American artist sketched and painted more than 1200 portraits of Native Americans from 125 tribes and is believed to be the only person to paint Geronimo from life?

Which American sculptor was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, with highly textured surfaces, improvisational gesture, and broad pictorial interpretation?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/9~

Which artist attended the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels from 1860 to 1867 and designed the statues of all 48 historical professions in the Petit Sablon garden in Brussels?

Which artist was best known for “Alamo” (“the Cube”), originally part of a temporary installation in 1967 in the East Village which became permanent after residents in the Astor Place area petitioned the city?

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