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American Flamingo, John J Audubon

American Flamingo, John J Audubon

Wild Turkey, John J Audubon

Wild Turkey, John J Audubon

Born on this day in 1785, John James Audubon is recognized for his detailed study of American Birds and his watercolors and drawings of them.  Read more about his fascinating life here.

His book, Birds of America (1827-1839) is considered the finest ornithological work ever written. He identified 25 new species.  Take a minute to click the link to Birds of America or his life above and enjoy his wonderful work.  Happy Birthday JJA!

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Guy Wiggins, Snow on Wall Street

Guy Wiggins, Snow on Wall Street

John Marin, Related to St Pauls

John Marin, Related to St Pauls

Last Tuesday evening I attended the first in a series of lectures at our library about American Modern Art.  (Read that here.)  Last night was the second lecture in the series.  The subject was “The Modern Metropolis” and the focus was New York City.  This very interesting series is an eye-opening for those of us attending about the drastic differences that emerged in the art world in the early 1900′.  It’s fascinating to see the same subject matter depicted by different artists of the same time.  Here is a great example:  one by Guy Wiggins  and the other by John Marin’s during the same time period and basically the same subject matter.  What a different view!  Art was taking a distinct turn!

 

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'Nafea faa ipoipo' (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin

‘Nafea faa ipoipo’ (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin

” The 1892 oil painting by the French post-impressionist, Paul Gauguin, of two Tahitian girls called Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was sold by the private collector Rudolf Staechelin, a retired Sotheby’s executive and has broken the record for the world’s most expensive single work of art.   While Mr Staechelin didn’t name the buyer it was thought to be the state-financed Qatar Museums that purchased it for $300 million. The Gulf nation had set the previous record in 2011 when it paid $259 million for The Card Players by Paul Cezanne, and has spent millions more on Western modern art in recent years.”

Read more of this interesting story from the Telegraph here.

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"Flag", oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, 1954-55 by Jasper Johns

“Flag”, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, 1954-55 by Jasper Johns

Born on May 15, 1930 in Augusta Georgia, Jasper  Johns is an American contemporary artists most well-known for his painting American Flag.  You can learn more about Johns and his art by clicking here.

 

 

Kids with Johns FlagsA few years ago in art camp we studied Johns in one of our art camp sessions and the kids produced a copy of his work.  They did a super job honoring his work.

“Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.” –Jasper Johns

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Picasso's Dora Maar

Picasso’s Dora Maar

Modigliani's Young Man

Modigliani’s Young Man

At the same Christie’s sale that saw the Monet that we talked about  yesterday go for millions there was a Picasso, “Portrait of Dora Maar”, that sold for $22.5 million.

A Modigliani sold at the same auction for $17.6 million.

At that particular auction on Tuesday, Christie’s sold 47 pieces for more than $285 million!

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Luncheon on the Grass Edouard Manet

Luncheon on the Grass
Edouard Manet

On this day in 1883 Edouard Manet died.  He was only 51 years old.  He was instrumental in the conversion of painting from realism to impressionism.  Two of his early works caused much controversy in the art community of the time – The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia.  These paintings are often discussed when studying impressionism and modern art.

 

Bouquet of Flowers Edouard Manet

Bouquet of Flowers
Edouard Manet

I am much more fond of some of his still life and floral paintings…and of course, his dogs.

The Dog Edouard Manet

The Dog
Edouard Manet

You can see Manet’s work in many major museums around the world.

Learn more about Manet here. 

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Diebenkorn's Ocean Park 67

Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park 67

Diebenkorn's Interior with Book

Diebenkorn’s Interior with Book

Born in 1922, Richard Diebenkorn became a well-known figure in the 20th Century Art World known for his Abstract Expressionistic paintings.   His landscape and figurative works are very interesting and influenced by Matisse whom he studies.  He is most well-known for his abstract series Ocean Park.

Diebenkorn died on March 30, 1993.

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