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”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/11/august-11/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/5~

Which early member of the American Abstract Artists group articulated her philosophical theorems not only through her art but also through her writing, lectures, teaching, and poetry?

Which pioneering Russian-born Constructivist artist, a pioneer of Kinetic Art, used materials such as glass, plastic, and metal and created a sense of spatial movement in his work?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/05/august-5/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/30~

What Italian painter, architect, and writer is best known today for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, which was first published in 1550?

What British sculptor turned down a knighthood in 1951 because he felt “such a title might tend to cut me off from fellow artists whose work has aims similar to mine”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/30/july-30/

Beatrix Potter: Born on July 28, 1866

YoungwDogHelen Beatrix Potter was born on 28th July 1866 at 2 Bolton Gardens, in Kensington, London to a wealthy family. Both Beatrix’s parents lived on inheritances from the cotton trade and, though qualified as a barrister, her father, Rupert, focused much of his time on his passion for art and photography. He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed an active social lifeBooks among a group of writers, artists and politicians and the family included many connoisseurs and practitioners of art. Helen herself was a fine embroiderer and watercolourist and Edmund Potter, PeterRabbitBeatrix’s paternal grandfather, was co-founder and president of the Manchester School of Design.
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/b/biography-beatrix-potter/

Art lessons were provided but Beatrix found them barely tolerable. She politely rebelled,TomKitten secretly worried that copying another artist would compromise her own originality, and hoped that she “wouldn’t catch it.” More to her liking were outings with her father, an

sometime amateur photographer, to the great art galleries of London which constituted her real artistic apprenticeship. Her education was limited only by her capacity to OlderwDogobserve. Although she experimented with a variety of media, by 19 she had chosen watercolour and was rapidly perfecting her dry-brush technique.
http://www.bpotter.com/Beatrix.aspx

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The Beatrix Potter Society~ http://beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/

Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms~ http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/07/28/beatrix-potter-a-life-in-nature-botany-mycology-fungi/

“Beatrix Potter Artist and Illustrator” exhibition 2005~ http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2005/oct/08/art.booksforchildrenandteenagers

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E. B. White: Born July 11, 1899

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INTERVIEWER
You were also an artist. What did Thurber and the other New Yorker artists think of your drawings and New Yorker covers?
WHITE
I’m not an artist and never did any drawings for The New Yorker. I did turn in a cover and it was published. I can’t draw or paint, but I was sick in bed with tonsillitis or something, and I had nothing to occupy me, but I had a cover idea—of a sea horse wearing a nose bag. I borrowed my son’s watercolor set, copied a sea horse from a picture in Webster’s dictionary, and managed to produce a cover that was bought. It wasn’t much of a thing. I even loused up the whole business finally by printing the word “oats” on the nose bag, lest somebody fail to get the point. I suppose the original of that cover would be a collector’s item of a minor sort, since it is my only excursion into the world of art. But I don’t know where it is. I gave it to Jed Harris. What he did with it, knows God.
http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4155/the-art-of-the-essay-no-1-e-b-white

https://www.britannica.com/biography/E-B-White

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/4~

Which American etcher and lithographer was also a writer. producing numerous books as both author and illustrator, many of them in collaboration with his wife?

Which Italian painter experienced a turning point in his career when in 1928 he was inspired by the Etruscan collection seen while visiting Rome’s Villa Giulia?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/04/july-4/

Bill Moggridge: June 25, 1943-September 8, 2012

In 2010, as the new director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Bill Moggridge rode into New York from California with a formidable resume: cofounder of Ideo, inventor of the first laptop computer, author of the seminal work on interaction design, educator, and winner of a slew of international design awards.
But as a city full of designers and design-lovers was quick to discover, rarely has such an illustrious bio been animated by such a delightful person.

“If there is a simple, easy principle that binds everything I have done together, it is my interest in people and their relationship to things.”
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670751/in-remembrance-of-bill-moggridge-1943-2012

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/19~

Which French painter associated with the Dada movement also wrote plays, poetry, manifestos and opera librettos?

Which American sculptor is best known for her abstract and figurative metal statues created after her return to the United States from France in 1940?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/19/june-19/

Anne Frank: Born June 12, 1929

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Source: http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/inspired-by-the-anne-frank-museum-in-berlin/

hoopSince it was first published in 1947, Anne Frank’s diary has become one of the most powerful memoirs of the Holocaust. Its message of courage and hope in the face of adversity has reached millions. The diary has been translated into 67 languages with over 30 million copies sold. Anne Frank’s story is especially meaningful to young people today. For many she is their first, if not their only exposure to the history of the Holocaust.

http://annefrank.com/about-anne-frank/who-is-anne/

© Anne Frank Haus / Anne Frank Fonds

© Anne Frank Haus / Anne Frank Fonds

Anne Frank and Her Family~ http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/nazioccupation/annefrank.html

The Secret Annex Online~ http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/Enter-the-3D-house/#/house/20/help/