Metamorphosis in Art, Part 1 of 2~

Metamorphosis II, 1939-1940, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) /
Woodcut on paper / Boston Public Library /

metamorphosis (noun)  me-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs 
1a: change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means
the metamorphosis of humans into animals

1b: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances
The company has gone through a series of metamorphoses.

2: a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (such as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching
the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies

1. The Metamorphosis of Daphne by Master of the Judgement of Paris (active mid-15th C)
Tempera on wood / The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

2. The Metamorphosis of Hermaphrodite and Salmacis, c.1517, by Jan Gossaert (c.1478–1532)
Oil on panel / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

3. Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719, by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Hand-colored engraving on paper / National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

4. Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide, before 1886, by Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
Plaster / Musée Rodin, Paris, France

5. Metamorphosis, 1908, by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
Oil on canvas / Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, gift of Sal Slijper

6. Metamorphosis, 1917, by Gaganendranath Tagore (1867—1938)
Collection of 16 lithographs bound in one volume / Various collections incl. V&A, London, UK

7. Metamorphosis, 1936, by Herbert Bayer (1900-1985)
Gelatin silver print / Various collections including The Met, NYC

Monday, February 6: Metamorphosis in Art, Part 2 of 2


Metamorphosis III, 1967–1968, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) /
Woodcut on paper mounted on canvas, partly colored by hand / Boston Public Library

Born August 18~ Gertrude Hermes

Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes OBE RA (August 18, 1901-May 9, 1983) was a British sculptor, wood engraver, lino-cutter, illustrator, and designer.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Gertrude Hermes on Artnet:

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Born August 2~ Käte Steinitz

Käte Traumann Steinitz (August 2, 1889-April 7, 1975) was a German-American artist, photographer, collector, writer, librarian, and expert on Leonardo da Vinci.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Young Girl by Käte Steinitz / 1939 / Watercolor and chalk / Sheet: 17-1/2″x12-1/2″
UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Käte Steinitz on Artnet:

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Born May 17~ Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva

Anna Petrovna Ostroumova-Lebedeva (May 17, 1871-May 5, 1955) was a Russian master of watercolor painting, and one of the pioneers of the woodcut technique in Russia.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Summer Garden by Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva
1902 / Color woodcut / 14-3/16″x9-1/8″ / Various collections, including The Met, NYC

Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva on Artnet:

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Born February 23~ Broncia Koller-Pinell

Broncia Koller-Pinell (February 23, 1863-April 26, 1934) was an Austrian Expressionist painter said to be the first to bring attributes of French Impressionism into Austrian painting.
Biography on Jewish Women’s Archive:

The Mother of the Artist by Broncia Koller-Pinell
1907 / Oil on canvas / 35 4/5″x30 1/2″ / Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna, AT

Broncia Koller-Pinell on Artnet:

Further reading:
Broncia Koller-Pinell  1863-1934
Forgotten Females Found

Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 27

The Artist Getting It All Down by Valerie Maynard

Date? / Woodcut on rice paper / 12”x9” / Various, private collections

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See also: February 27~ African-American visual artists

January 22~ Kandinsky & others found the Neue Künstlervereinigung München

Membership card for the Neue Künstlervereinigung München
(New Artists’ Association Munich)
using Wassily Kandinsky’s woodcut Felsen

1909 / Woodcut / Image 5 9/16”x5 11/16” / Various collections incl. MoMA, NYC

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Previous January 22 posts:

Winter~ January 22

January 22 (music)~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/22~

December 4, 1942~ FDR orders the “prompt liquidation” of the WPA

Reforestation, center panel American Soil triptych by Helen West Heller

1935 / Woodcut on paper / Image: 11”x9 5/8” / Various collections incl. National Gallery of Art, DC

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Previous December 4 posts:

December 4~ Animals in Art

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/4~