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George Tooker: 1920 – 2011

Born on August 5, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York, George Clair Tooker Jr. grew up in suburban Bellport, Long Island and took painting lessons from a family friend as a child.  Tooker  graduated from Harvard University in 1942 where he studied English Literature and continued to pursue his interest in art. Tooker was discharged from […]

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Visit To Picasso: Paul Haesaerts

Visite Picasso is a classic documentary by dir. Paul Haesaerts which features the frequently used footage of Picasso painting on glass while a camera films him from the other side. The trick of filming thru glass allows the viewer to witness Picasso’s true genius as he paints his famous Torros with just a few well-placed […]

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Henry Moore: 1898 – 1986

Recognized as the most important British sculptor of the 20th century, Henry Spencer Moore was born on July 30, 1898, in Castleford, Yorkshire. Moore had an early interest in sculpting however he began his career as a teacher in Castleford. After serving in the military during World War I, Moore studied at Leeds School of […]

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Alphonse Mucha: 1860-1939

Alphonse Maria Mucha was born on July 24, 1860 in Ivančice, Moravia (now Czech Republic) and is known for his prominent role in shaping French Art Nouveau.  Mucha loved art as a child but studied on a choral scholarship at the Church of St Peter in Brno, the capital of Moravia.  In 1875, Mucha returned […]

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Edward Hopper: 1882-1967

Born on July 22, 1882 in Nyack, New York, Edward Hopper is considered to be one of America’s greatest realist painters of the twentieth century. Hopper studied illustration with the Correspondence School of Illustrating in New York City in 1899 and then at the New York School of Art between 1900 and 1906. He studied […]

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5 Random Art Facts: XXII

1.  The masterpiece sculpture Pietà (1498–1499) is the only work Michelangelo Buonarroti ever signed. It is housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo signed the Pieta only after its completion when Lombard visitors to St. Petronilla thought the statue had been carved by “il Gobbo nostro da Milano”.  Read more   2. The […]

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René Magritte: 1898-1967

Born on November 21, 1898 in Lessines, Belgium, René François Ghislain Magritte was a major figure in the Surrealist movement and is considered by many to be the greatest Belgian artist of the 20th century. From 1916 – 1918, Magritte studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels under Constant Montald and his early […]

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Meredith Dittmar: Now You See It, Now You Don’t @ FIFTY24MX Gallery

American sculptor Meredith Dittmar’s (featured) latest exhibition “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” is a collection of works made over a 15 month period.  “During that time, my husband and I did IVF to get pregnant, my father had a severe stroke at 67 rendering him paralyzed and brain damaged for 14 months, my […]

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: 1841-1919

Born on February 25, 1841, in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was (with Claude Monet), a leading painter and originator of the Impressionist movement. Renoir’s family moved to Paris in 1844 and in 1854, at the age of 13,  he was apprenticed to the porcelain maker M. Levy where his artistic skills enabled him to […]