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Henri Cartier-Bresson: 1908 – 2004

Born on August 22, 1908, in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, near Paris, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered by many to be the father of modern photo-journalism. In 1927, Cartier-Bresson studied painting at the Lhote Academy in Paris under Cubist painter and sculptor André Lhote. He turned to photography in 1931 when he acquired a Leica 35mm camera – […]

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Lee Jeffries: Photography

Based in Manchester, UK, photographer Lee Jeffries began his career in sports photography.   A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changed his artistic approach forever. Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from a young girl huddled in a sleeping bag. The photographer knew that the girl […]

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Art-e-Facts: 5 Random Art Facts XV

1. Leonardo daVinci’s famous “Last Supper“ (1498) is not a true fresco. Da Vinci painted on a dry wall rather than on wet plaster and chose to seal the stone wall with a layer of pitch, gesso and mastic, then paint onto the sealing layer with tempera. As a result, the painting started to flake […]

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Jean Paul Riopelle: 1923 – 2002

Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of Canada’s most famous painters. Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1942, and then at the École du Meuble, graduating in 1945. He studied with Paul-Émile Borduas under whose direction Riopelle created his first abstract painting. Riopelle was a […]

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Annie Leibovitz: Photography

Born on October 2, 1949,  in Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the 1970’s and is one of the most sought after portrait photographers today. The Leibovitz family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments in the US Air Force and Annie took her first photos when they were stationed […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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Paul Gauguin: 1848-1903

Born on June 7, 1848, Paul Gauguin in Paris, France,  Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist. Gauguin’s father was a French journalist and his mother was Peruvian.  The family left Paris in 1851 for Peru, however Gauguin’s father Clovis, died on the voyage over.  Gauguin’s early life experiences in Peru would […]

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ART-O-MAT: Pocket Art

Many art lovers simply don’t have the budget to purchase original works of art.  Enter the Art-O-Mat – re-purposed cigarette vending machines that have been converted to sell pocket size original works of art. North Carolina artist Clark Whittington created the first Art-O-Mat in 1997 which he showed along side his paintings at a solo […]