Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 1

William Williams Powder Horn attributed to John Bush

c.1755 / Pine wood, iron, pigment / 3 5/8”x13 1/4” / Historic Deerfield,
The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns, Deerfield, MA

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Among the most influential of carvers was John Bush…Bush was born in 1725 or 1726, in Shrewsbury (now Boylston), Mass., the son of a free black farmer and property owner. He served in the Massachusetts Militia from 1747 until Aug. 9, 1757, when he was captured during the surrender of Fort William Henry by Indians allied with French forces. Despite efforts made by Bush’s father to trace his son’s whereabouts, John Bush was never heard from again.

“Bush’s calligraphic style, his formats and his decoration became the basis for the Lake George school of the 1750’s,” Mr. Guthman writes, referring to one of the major groups of artists identified in his research. “Thus an otherwise obscure black farmer can with some justification be regarded as one of the founders of an entire tradition of American folk art.”  ~https://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/14/nyregion/once-a-tool-of-battle-the-powder-horn-becomes-an-art-object.html

See also: February 1~ African-American visual artists
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/02/01/february-1-african-american-visual-artists/

June 26, 1909~ Opening of the present Victoria & Albert Museum

Tippoo’s Tyger, Mechanical Organ from Mysore (Mysuru), India

c.1793 / Painted wood with metal fixtures / Overall dimensions: 28”x 68” / Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Tippoo’s Tiger, a poem by Marianne Moore, 1967~
https://seriealfa.com/tigre/tigre5/moore.htm#Tippoos%20Tiger

Previous June 26 posts:

Pride Month~ June 26

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/26~

December 28~ Animals in Art

Pink Cow on Yellow Background Wallpaper by Andy Warhol

1966 / Screenprint on paper rolls / Various sizes / Various collections
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Kuamanbo (Ram) Helmet Mask* / Baule people of Ivory Coast

c.1970s /Paint and pigment on wood / Dimensions? / Second Face Museum of Cultural Masks, online*
*[Unfortunately, my anti-spyware program recently detected problems with that site,
so I have disabled the links. I apologize for the inconvenience.]

December 24~ Animals in Art

Dugn’be (Bull Mask) / Bijagó people, Bissagos (Bijagós) Islands, Guinea-Bissau

Late 19th to mid-20th century / Wood, cow horns, glass, plant fiber, and paint /
10 5/8”x19 11/16”x11 13/16” / Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
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The World Cow  by  Franz Marc

1913 / Oil on canvas / 27 7/8”x55 5/8″ / The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

December 21~ Animals in Art

Baleen Whale Mask / Kwakwaka’wakw people, British Columbia, Canada

19th century / Cedar wood, hide, cotton cord, nails, and pigment /
23 5/8”x28 1/2”x81 1/8” / Brooklyn Museum, New York


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Eenden (Ducks)  by  Willem Maris

c.1880-c.1904 / Oil on canvas / 36 5/8”x44 2/5” / Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam