Sunday, February 18, 2018

Louis Comfort Tiffany. Born on this day in 1848.

Tiffany Studios (New York), Dragonfly Library Lamp, ca. 1905 - 10 Leaded glass; cast bronze Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born on this day in 1848 (Feb 18, 1848 - January 17, 1933). An icon of American art, he was a leader in the American field of decorative arts, with particular emphasis on Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. 

The company is still around today, although not doing very well on the stock market:

Tiffany Studios Daffodil stained glass leaded lampshade, now known to be one of head designer Clara Driscoll's creations
Close-up of a Tiffany Studios "Venetian" desk lamp, c. 1910–20
Heilbrun Time Line of Art:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year

Tzu Chou, silk fan design with two doves and a pekingese. China, around 1864.

Happy #LunarNewYear! 2018 is the year of the dog – here are four perfect pooches from around the world! 🐶🐕🐩🐾

The Lunar New Year is celebrated as a national holiday in many Asian countries including China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Singapore. The first day of the New Year always falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February.

Find out all about Chinese New Year festivities, origins and traditions – and what your zodiac animal says about you – in this blog post:

Painted wooden figure of Anubis. Late Period, Egypt.

One of a pair of koma inu (lion dogs) decorated with blue, gold and black enamels. Made by Matsumoto Satoru, painted by Komatsu Miwa, Japan. Porcelain, 2015.

Images from the British Museum Blog

Rock art from Sefar in southern Algeria.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Carle or Charles-André van Loo . On this day in 1705

February 15, 1705. Carle or Charles-André van Loo (15 February 1705 - 15 July 1765) was a French subject painter, son of the painter Louis-Abraham van Loo, a younger brother of Jean-Baptiste van Loo and grandson of Jacob van Loo. He was the most famous member of a successful dynasty of painters of Dutch origin. His oeuvre includes every category: religion, history painting, mythology, portraiture, allegory, and genre scenes. In this image: Perseus and Andromeda.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Paula Modersohn-Becker. Poineering Woman Artist, Born on this day in 1876

Paula Modersohn-Becker (8 February 1876 – 30 November 1907))  was a German painter and one of the most important representatives of early expressionism. Her brief career was cut short when she died from postpartum embolism at the age of 31. She is recognized as the first female painter to paint nude self-portraits and is now recognized as an important member of the artistic movements in the early part of the twentieth century

Several paintings of Paula Modersohn-Becker had been investigated and the results show that she employed the same technique over her tragically short career. She used tempera and oil with a limited range of pigments such as zinc white, cadmium yellow, viridian and ultramarine.

Modersohn-Becker was also extremely prolific, producing more than 700 paintings in her short lifetime. Many of her paintings depicted women, and often women in the nude – a groundbreaking decision for a woman of her time. After marriage, she did not settle into domesticity and in 1906, left her husband and moved to Paris. That proved to be her most productive year. She painted more than 80 paintings that year.

Her husband eventually joined her in Paris, and she became pregnant shortly thereafter. She would never live to know her child, or to see her paintings become celebrated: She died 18 days after giving birth, at the age of 31.

New Yorker. Modern Art’s Missing Piece:

The first woman to paint a nude self portrait: