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 […]


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 […]

Oval With Points - Henry Moore - Photo by Maia C

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 […]

Les Saisons - Alphonse Mucha

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 […]

Light at 2 Lights - Edward Hopper - 1927

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 […]

Pietà (Michelangelo)

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 […]


Les Joueurs de Carte (The-Card-Players) - Paul Cezanne

Paul Cézanne: 1839-1906

Born on January 19, 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France, Paul Cézanne is considered by many to be one of the most important painters of the second half of the 19th century. From 1849 – 1852,  he studied at the Ecole Saint-Joseph and from 1852 to 1858 at the Collège Bourbon. In 1857 he attended  the Ecole […]

Deer House - Liz McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath: Sculpture

Here’s another great find by fellow artist and blogger Esther Barend.  “Los Angeles-born artist Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life; this appreciation is nowhere more evident than in her work. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she […]